Friday, November 26, 2010

CBC: Bus company barred from transporting students

CBC logoA Sackville-based bus company has been temporarily banned from carrying students by New Brunswick's education minister.

The move comes after safety inspectors in Nova Scotia this week found that tires on two buses, owned by Prestige Bus Service, were unsafe. The buses were stopped Wednesday because the tire treads were almost entirely worn off.

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Prestige Charter Bus tiresThe company was hired by School District 2 to take 60 Grade 8 students from Marshview Middle School in Sackville to Halifax on a field trip.

Education Minister Jody Carr wants to know why children were placed in a dangerous situation.

"It does raise a lot of questions and we're going to gather those facts and ensure in the meantime that this company will not be utilizing their services in the short term while we gather this information," said Carr.

Carr said he would have an update next week on his investigation.

"It greatly concerns me, so I've asked for the department in co-operation with Public Safety to get all of the facts," he said.

He also wants to know more about the company's track record.

Bus drivers in New Brunswick are obligated to inspect the bus they'll be driving before leaving on trips.

The owner of Prestige Bus Service declined an interview with CBC.

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