A policy which could scrap free school transport for hundreds of children has been agreed in principle.
The new method will be used by Fife Council to assess the availability of walking routes to school for pupils who live within two miles of their secondary school or a mile of their primary school.
Many youngsters who live within the distance criteria are entitled to free travel as it was previously deemed there was no suitable way for them to walk.
Parents have warned children will be put at danger if they use paths and pavements recommended during consultation, some running through wooded and unlit areas and alongside busy roads, including the A92 at Glenrothes.
However, the council defended the introduction of the policy, which will be further scrutinised by another committee before it is adopted.
Fay Sinclair, chairwoman of the education and children’s services committee, said: “At the moment the situation just isn’t fair.
“There was consensus that the council must have a policy for walked routes to school that is robust, consistent and fair for all school pupils across Fife and I am pleased to be making progress on that.”