The average age of a Gwinnett County school bus is 17 years old, nearly twice the national average. Some were made in 1986. The Atlanta-area district has about 1,960 school buses, claiming to have the largest district-owned fleet in the nation. Officials are worried that a number of vehicle parts are obsolete. School board members voted to spend roughly $1 million on 13 new school buses. While this is a step in the right direction, officials reported they still need more vehicles. “I’ve just got to start modernizing and updating our fleet,” said the school district’s chief operations officer. The new buses will have LED lights and other safety features worth the average sale price of about $82,000. To pay for the new buses, the district will use fines collected from motorists who failed to yield to stopped school buses. Gwinnett began placing video cameras on its buses in 2014 to catch those motorists.
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