There are potential road safety hazards and dangers on all roads whether in a rural or urban setting, but it is a matter for the parent to determine whether a route is either safe or dangerous for a pupil to transverse. It is assumed that the child is accompanied as necessary by a responsible parent or guardian.
It is only in very exceptional circumstances that the Authority would consider a road to present exceptional road safety hazards.
Exceptional road safety
The vast majority of the road networks across Northern Ireland covers rural locations and will not have pedestrian footpaths or street lighting and accordingly such circumstances are not considered to be exceptional. In assessing any whether a road is safe or unsafe the Education Authority follows the criteria laid down by Road Safety GB guidelines, previously Local Authority Road Safety Officers Association (LARSOA).
If you feel that there is an Exceptional Road Safety issue making your route unsuitable please refer the Appeals page for further information.