Father flags issues with bus service

Phil Piggott... the school bus stops outside his Baldivis property. d401332
Phil Piggott... the school bus stops outside his Baldivis property. d401332

Mr Piggott told the Courier his son Michael, who attends Baldivis Primary School, had been denied access because of the distance between the school and his home.

His Kookynie Loop house in Baldivis is 2.7km away from the primary school and the school bus caters for students who live outside a 4.5km radius.

But, Mr Piggott said he was ‘furious’ the bus stop was situated on his front lawn and students from the same school had access to the bus services.

Public Transport Authority (PTA) representative David Hynes said Mr Piggott lived inside the PTA area and had no entitlement for his children to use the bus.

‘His children can use the scheduled Transperth bus service that visits his area and are entitled to the heavily discounted 50c fare,’ Mr Hynes said.

‘From time to time, we allow non-entitled students access to orange school buses if there was a spare seat, on the proviso they would be removed when an eligible student was allocated to the school bus.’

Mr Piggott said he contacted the local bus co-ordinators, who told him he needed to apply online for bus permission.

‘I just want answers and for the past five months, have not received any valuable information or answers to my questions.’

Baldivis principal John Worthy said parents should contact the Department of Education for school bus matters.