Uber being trialled to replace school buses for disabled children

Uber being trialled to replace school buses for disabled children

The Australian newspaper reports children with disabilities could soon be catching Uber to school, rather than dedicated school buses.

The newspaper says leaked documents show that the radical proposal is being considered in Victoria and Tasmania with a $600,000 trial of the Uber services set to commence, funded by Victorian taxpayers.

The trial aims to look at whether services like Uber would be able to provide a more efficient service to the traditional “one size fits all” bus system that includes a driver and a supervisor for the students on board.

The Australian obtained a copy of the plan and reports that the new “smart market” for transport services for children with a disability would involve “the potential to involve community transport providers, non-emergency medical transport, taxis and share-ride or carpooling options.”

Bus Association Victoria executive director Chris Lowe telling the newspaper that the plan is “fantastically irresponsible”.

Check out more details on The Australian website.

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