Now that school’s been in session for about two months, the big yellow school buses are familiar sights in Utah neighborhoods. We kicked off National School Bus Safety Week with Jeremy Wardle, the Director of Transportation in the Canyons School District.
Utah Highway Patrol inspectors recently evaluated Canyons’ fleet of buses. The aim of the District was to again receive UHP’s Gold Medal, the highest score that a District transportation department could receive. Buses are examined to ensure that hazard lights, windshield wipers, defrosters, headlights, fire extinguishers and exit doors are working properly and that first aid kits are fully stocked. Brake-pad thicknesses and tire treads are checked. Air, oil and coolant lines are scrutinized for leaks along with exhaust piping. The outside condition of the bus also factors into the final grade.
CSD’s Transportation Department maintains nearly 180 buses, which log more than a million miles a year transporting nearly 14,000 children. In a nine-month school year, they’ll also go on more than 3,000 field trips. The largest buses are 40 feet long and weigh 36,000 pounds. Each month, they use about $120,000 worth of diesel and compressed natural gas.