For local authorities, school transport is one of the most expensive part of providing support for children with disabilities. Often the most appropriate schools is up to an hour away from a child’s home. That distance needs to be covered by a taxi or school minibus twice a day, five days a week, and often with an escort for safeguarding reasons.
However, since the introduction of EHCPs which continue to 18, many parents have discovered to their dismay that the transport law hasn’t kept pace with the new extension and some LAs are refusing to bear the cost of transport for post-16 students. This means parents are faced with a dilemma – should they have to give up work or drive hundreds of miles a week so their children can access something they are legally entitled to?