In previous blogs, we have discussed the pros and cons of seat belts in school buses, changing buses from gas or diesel to propane, and surveillance systems and GPS tracking systems and how they would impact safety and the economy.
Indianapolis Public Schools are purchasing up to 100 new buses with this new technology, new safety features and better fuel economy. Their new buses will all be equipped with three-point seat belts, propane engines, onboard video surveillance systems and GPS tracking capability. They will replace the fleet they currently have with the new buses over the course of a five-year lease.
The district said in a statement, “These new buses will allow our transportation team to replace aging buses to improve safety and to increase the efficiency of our operation.” The addition of the seat belts to the new buses will also allow the district to transport some of its youngest scholars – pre-K students – who could not previously ride the school bus.
As current buses are needing to be replaced, districts are starting to replace them with new buses with this new technology.