A survey released this month by fleet vehicle SaaS firm Fleetmatics claims that while a majority of parents are satisfied with school bus safety, they want to see increased technology, such as student and vehicle tracking, as well as improved screening of school bus drivers.
Eighty percent of parents and 79 percent of all respondents said they are satisfied with the timeliness of school buses picking up their children in the morning and bringing them back home in the afternoon. Those surveyed agreed the biggest improvement needed was more rigorous screening for drivers. Forty-four percent of all respondents and 42 percent of parents surveyed said they are somewhat confident on school bus tracking and agree that GPS monitors need to be added and/or updated. Better braking technology was also cited as a concern for 45 percent of all respondents.
Fleetmatics also pointed out that National Highway Safety Administration data states that school buses are the nations safest mode of getting students to and from school and activities due to the fact that buses must meet more Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards than any other type of transportation.
The company released these findings in conjuction with National School Bus Safety Week, October 17-22, 2016.