The school bus at the centre of the fatal accident in Offaly was unlicensed, it emerged tonight.
The private owner of the bus had received a licence to carry passengers from the Department of Transport in 2003. However, Minister for Transport Martin Cullen said the bus registered on the operator’s license was not the one involved in yesterday’s fatal accident.
“The vehicle involved in the accident is registered for road tax purposes in the name of the transport manager of the operation but he has not applied to my Department to have it registered on his operator licence,” he said.
“This is a matter to be followed up by the Gardai in the course of their investigation and my Department will be co-operating in that regard.”
Michael White, a 15-year-old student, died when the school bus overturned 2km from Clara as it was bringing students to the Killina Presentation Secondary School in Rahan yesterday.
Thirty-two other students were injured but all have now been discharged from hospital.
The 1989 Mercedes bus passed a test last September to certify its roadworthiness.