Friday, September 4, 2015

Fines imposed on bus drivers presents serious safety concerns

The pending fines of late drop offs will pressure drivers not to wait at all at stops if a kid is not there. It will also cause drivers to rush through the route, drive erratically in Lakewood traffic, or speed, so they make it in time to school. This can be a potential serious safety hazard as drivers are pressured with a serious fine or suspension. 
The busing agreement has a built in fine system if a bus drops off 10 minutes too early or ten minutes too late 
-For the boys-  Any drop-off after 8:40 AM will be considered late
and subject to fines. Drop-off before 8:30 AM will be subject to fines and will also be considered a serious safety violation as the children will not have adult supervision before 8:30 AM (unless the school specifically gives written permission to the bus contractor for an earlier drop-off with school staff present). 
Same for the girls- The latest drop-off for girls’ non-public elementary schools will be 9:15 AM with a 10-minute window commencing at 9:05 AM. Any drop-off after 9:15 AM will be considered late and subject to fines. Drop-off before 9:05 AM will be subject to fines and will also be considered a serious safety violation as the children will not have adult supervision before 9:05 AM 

- chronic failure to meet these guidelines (defined as three separate reported incidents during the 2015/16 school year concerning the same route) will be subject to maximum fines ($300 per day) and possible loss of the route for breach of contract. The first two weeks of school will not apply to this clause in consideration of the contractor’s need to have a fair adjustment period.

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