Pupil Transportation

Overview

Why School Bus Transportation?

The state's fleet of 2,400 Yellow School Buses provides safe and environmentally friendly transportation to 175,000 children every day.

Studies conducted by the American School Bus Council indicate:

  1. Over $40 million are saved annually by transporting our Utah school children on school buses.
  2. Over 11 million gallons of fuel are saved each year, with over 86,000 fewer vehicles on the road each day in Utah.
  3. With each bus replacing 36 vehicles, traffic congestion is reduced and harmful particulate matter is reduced by thousands of pounds!
  4. Nationally for every 32,500 children transported, one life is saved each year. In Utah, that is at least five lives saved each year!

Resources

General

American School Bus Council

Beginning Operator Course
Pre-service. This required course will include the following classes before driving a school bus.

Directory Utah Pupil Transportation 2016
Association for Pupil Transportation

National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT)

Pupil Transportation Drug and Alcohol Testing Policies and Procedures

Pupil Transportation Drug and Alcohol Testing Policies and Procedures: Supervisor Supplement Handbook

Alternatives to School Bus Transportation

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

Safe Routes
National Center for Safe Routes to School

Starting a Walking School Bus

Student Neighborhood Access Program (SNAP)
Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT)

Statutory Authority for School Bus Transportation

Pupil Transportation is under authority of Title 41 of the Utah Code (Department of Transportation). This statute, at §41-6-115, states “...The Department of Transportation by and with the advice of the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Safety shall adopt and enforce regulations not inconsistent with this chapter to govern the design and operation of all school buses when owned and operated by any school district or privately owned and operated under contract with any school district, or privately owned for use by a private school in this state, and such regulations shall by reference be made a part of any such contract with a school district or private school. Every school district, or private school, its officers and employees, and every person employed under contract by a school district shall be subject to said regulations."Regulations contained herein are applicable to public schools and all operations under the jurisdiction of the State Board of Education. For standards or regulations applicable to private schools, refer to the Utah Code or regulations adopted by the Department of Transportation through Utah's Rule Making Act and published as a separate document.

Utah Office of Administrative Rules:

Utah School Buses and Operations Standards:

Advisory Committee Meetings

Minutes

2018

February 26

2016

November 17

July 20

June 22