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Problems found on 20% of Northern Ireland school buses in roadside spot checks

More than one in five Northern Ireland school buses have been found to have problems during roadside checks.

The BBC reports issues identified during the checks - which were carried out by the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) - include issues with brakes, bodywork, tyres, tachographs, and emergency exit defects.

In the 2017/2018 period issues were discovered on almost a third of school buses checked.

Based on figures since 2013, inspections have been carried out on 599 buses with 279 offences or issues found in 134 cases.

An Education Authority spokesman told the broadcaster: "EA works closely with DVA to ensure school transport services are fully compliant with all aspects of operator, driver and roadworthiness responsibilities. Any defects identified by DVA or internal EA checks are rectified immediately."

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