Laidlaw International Sets Date for Special Meeting of Stockholders to Vote on Proposed Merger with FirstGroup

    NAPERVILLE, ILL., March 21 /CNW/ - Laidlaw International, Inc. (NYSE:   LI)
announced today that it will hold a special meeting of stockholders on April
20, 2007, to vote on Laidlaw's previously announced merger with FirstGroup
Acquisition Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of FirstGroup plc. The
special meeting will be held at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville, 3003 Corporate
West Drive, Lisle, Illinois 60532 at 11:00 a.m. central time.

    Stockholders of record as of the close of business on March 19, 2007,
will be entitled to vote at Laidlaw's special meeting. The definitive proxy
statement is to be mailed on or about March 21, 2007, to Laidlaw stockholders.

    The merger is subject to customary closing conditions, including the
receipt of regulatory approvals and approval by Laidlaw's and FirstGroup's

    About Laidlaw International, Inc.

    Laidlaw International, Inc. is a holding company for North America's
largest providers of school and inter-city bus transport services and a
leading supplier of public transit services. The company's businesses operate
under the brands: Laidlaw Education Services, Greyhound Lines, Greyhound
Canada and Laidlaw Transit. The company's shares trade on the New York Stock
Exchange (NYSE:   LI). For more information on Laidlaw, visit the website:

    About FirstGroup PLC

    FirstGroup plc is the UK's largest surface transportation company.
FirstGroup operates passenger and freight rail services in the UK. Its
passenger operations include regional, intercity and commuter services.
FirstGroup is also the UK's largest bus operator running more than one in five
of all local bus services. In North America, FirstGroup has three operating
divisions: yellow school buses (First Student), transit contracting and
management services (First Transit) and vehicle maintenance and ancillary
services (First Services). FirstGroup's shares trade on the London Stock
Exchange (LSE: FGP). For more information on FirstGroup, visit the website:

    Forward-Looking Statements

    Certain statements contained in this press release, including statements
that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements made under the
safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of
terminology such as: believe, hope, may, anticipate, should, intend, plan,
will, expect, estimate, continue, project, positioned, strategy and similar
expressions. Such statements involve certain risks, uncertainties and
assumptions that include, but are not limited to: (i) the ability to
successfully integrate Laidlaw and FirstGroup into a combined company and
execute its business strategy; (ii) economic and other market factors,
including competitive pressures in the transportation industry and changes in
pricing policies; (iii) the ability to implement initiatives designed to
realize synergies, increase operating efficiencies or improve results; (iv)
continued increases in prices of fuel and potential shortages; (v) control of
costs related to accident and other risk management claims; (vi) the potential
for rising labor costs and actions taken by organized labor unions; (vii)
terrorism and other acts of violence; (viii) other risks and uncertainties
related to the proposed transaction, including but not limited to the
satisfaction of conditions to closing; including receipt of stockholder,
regulatory and other approvals; and (ix) other risks and uncertainties
described in Laidlaw's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission

    Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should
underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially
from those indicated. In light of these risks and uncertainties you are
cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.
Laidlaw undertakes no obligation to publicly update forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise. You are advised, however, to consult any further disclosures
Laidlaw makes on related subjects as may be detailed in Laidlaw's other
filings made from time to time with the SEC.

    Additional Information

    In connection with the proposed merger, Laidlaw has filed a definitive
proxy statement with the SEC. Laidlaw's stockholders are urged to read the
proxy statement and other relevant materials because they contain important
information. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of these
documents and other documents filed with the SEC at its web site at In addition, investors and security holders may obtain free
copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Laidlaw by going to Laidlaw's
Investor page on its corporate website at or by directing a
request to Laidlaw International, 55 Shuman Boulevard, Suite 400, Naperville,
Illinois, 60563, Attention: Investor Relations or by calling (630) 848-3000.

    Laidlaw and FirstGroup and their respective directors and executive
officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from
the stockholders of Laidlaw in connection with the merger. Information about
Laidlaw and its directors and officers can be found in Laidlaw's Proxy
Statements and Annual Reports on Form 10-K filed with the SEC. Information
about FirstGroup and its directors and officers can be found in FirstGroup's
Annual Reports available on FirstGroup's Investor Centre page on its corporate
website at Additional information regarding the interests
of those persons may be obtained by reading the proxy statement filed with the

For further information:

For further information: Laidlaw International, Inc. Sarah Lewensohn
Director, Investor Relations Phone: 630-848-3120

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