Lynn Merrifield from Kingseat is a doughty campaigner for school bus safety. She is rightly concerned for the safety of children, especially primary school children.
I recall the first day I put my 4 year old son, Alexander, on the school bus. Even though that bus did have seatbelts it was an alarming prospect for my wee boy. However, thankfully, in seven years at Primary School there wasn't one problem. Unfortunately that's not been the case for so many children who have died travelling to and from school.
Last week Lynn and I met with Stagecoach for what was a very informative discussion on safety issues on buses. One of the issues we explored was the speed of the vehicles and whether overtaking school buses should be banned just like in the USA. But how could that be done without investing in a stock of yellow buses? Perhaps more distinctive temporary signage on school buses could be provided or we could simply ban bus overtaking during the hours of the school run in the morning and afternoon.
Grandad Ron Beaty from Aberdeenshire is lobbying for a change to the Road Safety Act to make such overtaking illegal. The Scottish and UK Governments need to consider this urgently. For more information log onto http://www.schoolbus.org.uk/
The next stop in our campaign is a meeting with Councillor Tony Martin and officers from Fife Council.