Pupil Transportation


Why School Bus Transportation?

The state's fleet of 3,167 Yellow School Buses provides safe and environmentally friendly transportation to 201,578 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 six lives saved each year!

Red Light Violations

While school buses remain the safest way for students to get to and from school, students who ride in buses are most vulnerable when they are outside the bus in the danger zone. Each year Utah school bus drivers participate in a one day study of school bus stop arm moving violations. In a single day, over 900 vehicles pass stopped school buses with their lights flashing as student are getting on and off the buses. That's approximately 160,000 school bus stop violations throughout the school year.

National Stop Arm Violation Count
National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS)

Utah State Legislature:



2019 Utah Pupil Transportation Directory

A1 Reporting Planned Bus Capacity Utilization Chart

American School Bus Council

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

School Bus Idling Standards

Utah School Bus Driver Instruction Local Education Agency (LEA) Requirements

Alternatives to School Bus Transportation

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

Safe Routes
National Center for Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes Utah

Starting a Walking School Bus

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.


R277-600: Student Transportation Standards and Procedures | R277-601: Standards for Utah School Buses and Operations
Utah Office of Administrative Rules

Utah School Buses and Operations Standards

National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures: 2005 Revised Edition

National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures: May 2015

Standards for Utah School Buses and Operations: 2010 Edition

Standards for Utah School Buses and Operations: 2010 Edition Appendix

Standards for Utah School Buses and Operation: 2020 Published Edition

Advisory Committee Meetings



February 26


November 17

July 20

June 22


Introduction to Student Transportation

Statutory Requirements for Reporting Accurate Data

Updates to Reporting In Lieu of Transportation Expenses

Utah Association of Pupil Transportation (UAPT) and Utah State Board of Education Calendar Events 2019

Bus Driver Professional Development

August 6, 2019

Agenda Professional Development 2019 Session 2

Continuing Education for Instructors

Instructor Responsibilities

Professional Development Session 2

June 25, 2019

Professional Development 2019 State Instruction Agenda Session 1

2019 School Bus Driver Instructor Professional Development: Session 1

Continuing Education Instruction

Continuing Education for Utah School Bus Drivers Certification Renewal Instructions

Entry Level Driver Training

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Entry-Level Driver Training Provider Identification Report
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act

Utah School Bus Driver Re-certification Form

Utah School Bus Driver Re-certification Form Examples

Utah State School Bus Driver Professional Development Instruct -the-Instructors

Fall 2018

A-1 Report Column Instructions

Efficient Bus Routing

Laws and Requirements for Funded Routes

Reports Training

Route Sheets Data Collection

Transportation Review 2018

Transportation Schedule E | Transportation Fall Reports Training

Summer 2016

Bus Inventory and Ending Odometer Summary Report, Form "F"

Annual Statistical Report "C" (Miles)

Annual Statistical Report "D" (Minutes)

Summer Reports Training 2016

Transportation Formula