A hold has been placed on California State Senate legislation that would extend the compliance date for school districts to install a “Child Safety Alert System” on all school buses, which would prompt school bus drivers to walk the length of the school bus at the end of routes to look for students.
A bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate pushes for school buses to be eligible for federal E-rate funding for internet connectivity, signaling to the FCC that it might be time to rethink its standing policy on how to fund school Wi-Fi projects.
The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) is urging the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to recommend to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it reevaluate FMVSS 222, to enhance school bus compartmentalization.
New fast-tracked legislation from California State Sen. Ben Hueso would immediately delay implementation of a law that requires child safety alert systems on approximately 25,000 school buses statewide, to give school districts and vendors additional time to install the technology.
Advice and safety products are proposed to help keep students safe in the loading and unloading zones of their school buses, also known as the Danger Zone.
Ahead of a California requirement for the coming school year that all school buses must be equipped with approved child safety alert systems that prompt drivers to check for students at the end of routes, Zonar Systems and Child Check-Mate System finalized an agreement to bring solutions to market.