Pupils are taken to school by taxi bus. Photo for illustration.Photo: ANP/Arie Kievit

The local faction of D10 in the municipality of Amstelveen is very concerned about student transport. The local party Good for Amstelveen (GVA) says it shares the same concerns. Both parties say they are increasingly receiving signals from parents and schools about a malfunctioning transport system.

“We have the impression that the situation is getting worse and worse,” says Jacqueline Höcker, chairperson of Goed voor Amstelveen, on the website of the local D66 group on this. “As a result, children with autism or a physical disability, for example, miss more and more school hours and their development is hindered. Sometimes students spend 45 minutes to an hour and a half in a van because the transporter drives in a loop. As a result, parents are also limited in their work, because there is uncertainty about whether the transport will arrive on time.”

Impact Saloua Chaara, councilor for D10, also points out these pain points. “Let it be clear that student transport that does not function optimally can have a real impact on the development of students and their right to education. Therefore, in our view, the problems must be solved quickly. No matter how small the number of students affected by these problems may be.”

Both parties want to know from the mayor and aldermen (B&W) exactly what problems are at play and what can be done about them. “We want the Board of B&W to not only look at the transport problem in itself, but also that the Board – together with education – look at more options for better suitable education in Amstelveen. Because if you can organize the educational offer in our city in such a way that more students can go to school close to home, then fewer students will have to use student transport to go to school.”

More inclusive education D10 and GVA state that there have been problems in the municipality of Amstelveen with regard to student transport for some time. “We have a strong impression that the problems are getting worse,” both parties write. They therefore asked a total of six written questions to the Amstelveense board of B&W. The factions want to know, among other things, what the problems are, how big they are and how many students are affected.

They also state that there are problems with student transport in several municipalities. “An often mentioned problem is the shortage of qualified drivers”, according to D10 and GVA. At the same time, it is stated that there are also municipalities where there are hardly any problems with regard to student transport. “In your opinion, what makes the difference between these municipalities and the municipality of Amstelveen and what can Amstelveen possibly learn from these municipalities”, both parties wonder.

Finally, both factions want to know what the Amstelveen council will do to tackle the problems in both the short and the long term. D10 and GVA hope that the Board will take a broader view than just the transport issue. Both parties call on the responsible alderman to also look at how more inclusive education can be stimulated, so that fewer students have to rely on student transport.

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