Police check school buses

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PUPILS may be turning up late for lessons this week because of a police operation aimed at checking the safety of school buses.

Police officers have teamed up with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency to pull over vehicles at checkpoints in South Yorkshire, where they will be examined.

Operation Coachman is a two-week national initiative run by the Association of Chief Police Officers.

Sergeant Graham Sayner said: “We’ll be working in various locations around the county, stopping vehicles used to transport schoolchildren and people with learning disabilities.

“This will include everything from school buses to coaches, taxis and minibuses and we’ll be conducting high visibility and covert patrols.”