POLICE officers will be stopping school buses to make sure they are safe and roadworthy as part of a month-long operation.
It is being conducted by the Association of Chief Police Officers and will see buses, coaches, minibuses and taxis stopped by road policing officers.
Sgt Andy Whittaker, from the roads policing team, said: "The safety of the vehicles carrying our region's children to their places of education is incredibly important.
"We will be conducting a thorough examination, looking at everything from insurance to licensing and driver suitability, so we can be assured that students are travelling to school and college in the safest vehicles."
Drivers who fall foul of the law may have a prohibition order placed on their vehicle by VOSA and they, or their company, could face further penalties.