Limerick TD hits out at Bus Éireann over driver age limit

Limerick Rural Independent TD Richard O'Donoghue

INDEPENDENT TD Richard O’Donoghue hit out in the Dáil last week that Bus Éireann needs to extend the current age limit (set at 70) for driving buses.

Many companies contracted to the state-owned bus coach operator’s school transport network have drivers leaving the trade owing to this age limit, leading major issues around school transport.

In response, Minister for Education Norma Foley explained that Bus Éireann has reviewed the matter referred to by the Deputy and has advised that, from the age of 70, all drivers, even of private cars, must complete a medical report form signed by a registered medical practitioner.

“This is a Road Safety Authority requirement for any licence category applied for at age 70,” the Minister added.