"TO PROVIDE PERSONALIZED SERVICE FOR TRANSPORTATION OF INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS IN A SAFE AND EFFICIENT MANNER TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY ON BEHALF OF THE BOARDS OF EDUCATION AND THE ORGANIZATIONS WE SERVE."
Transport Canada research shows, on a per passenger basis, the occupants of school buses are less likely to be injured in road collisions than the occupants of any other motor vehicle.
Children sit in specially designed, high-backed, thickly padded seats, which cushion them in event of a collision. These are not required safety features in any other vehicle..
Construction and equipment standards for school buses are controlled by more federal and provincial regulations than any other mother vehicle on the road. School buses must meet stringent standards for structural integrity, crash protection, fire retardancy, and emergency equipment.
School bus drivers receive 20 to 40 hours of specialized training, including written exams and road tests. They must also complete ongoing certified driver improvement courses and take periodic re-examinations.
School bus routes are planned around the location of children's homes and schools. Drivers are responsible for making sure that each student is picked up and dropped off at a designated location.
Drivers are subject to exacting laws controlling fatigue, such as how many consecutive hours they are allowed to work, how long their breaks must be, etc.
While traveling by school bus, children are supervised by the driver, who knows them well. Seats are provided for all passengers, often permanently assigned. Standees are not permitted.
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