School Bus Driver Safety

School Bus Driver Safety

School Bus Driver Safety – How Safe is Your Child’s School Bus Driver? Contracted Drivers May Be Putting Students at Risk. Today’s guest blog is by USAAttorneys.com. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Marc J. Victor, P.C.

School Bus Driver Safety

School Bus Driver Safety

CHANDLER, Arizona. According to the Baltimore Sun, a school bus driver was found responsible for a crash that left five people injured. The driver was cited for both negligent driving and speeding. According to the Baltimore Sun, the driver cited for the accident worked for a private bus company contracted to provide transportation services to the school.

How safe are these contracted transportation services? According to the National School Transportation Association, some schools choose to outsource transportation services so that administrators don’t have to worry about managing school bus drivers and maintaining buses. In some cases, school buses in a district may have depreciated or needed repairs; but the school district will not put money toward acquiring new buses. Instead, school districts may turn to private transportation services. Some school districts don’t have the time nor the resources to handle the administrative tasks involved in school transportation services; so they outsource the hiring of bus drivers, drug testing, and other tasks to a private company.

Yet, when the safety of our children is put in the hand of a private company, parents may sometimes lose transparency. Many parents assume that they could turn to the school district if an accident occurs or if they have a question about their school bus driver’s safety record. However, when parents dig into who is providing their children’s transportation services, they may learn that a private company, and not their child’s school district, is providing driving services.

School Bus Driver Safety

It should be noted that privately contracted drivers are required to abide by the same federal and state school bus licensure and standards. School buses must also abide by the same maintenance standards provided by state and federal law. The privatization of school bus services could also have unintended consequences. When the government oversees bus drivers and buses, it can identify and correct problems when they arise. Private companies may sometimes try to cut costs and may put saving money above providing safe transportation to students.

So, what can you do as a parent? You have the right to ask your school district whether the district uses a private company for transportation purposes. You can also ask how the company vets its drivers. Get to know your child’s driver. Ask the school district or the company to release the driver’s safety record. Finally, take the time to speak to your child’s school bus driver. Ask the driver what measures he or she takes to keep students safe and ask if there are any special rules your child’s school bus driver would like your child to follow.

If your child has been hurt in an accident, visit USAttorneys.com to connect with a school bus accident lawyer in your area. If you have concerns about the safety of your child’s school bus driver or about how your child’s school bus transportation services are being managed in your school district, consider visiting USAttorneys.com to learn more about your rights and options.

School Bus Driver Safety

Citations:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/ph-ho-cf-bus-crash-update-20171026-story.html

http://www.yellowbuses.org/school-administrator/school-bus-contracting-information

https://usattorneys.com/bus-accident-lawyers