KAMLOOPS – Through its annual fleet renewal program, the provincial government is providing the Kamloops/Thompson School District with more than $985,000 for the purchase of nine new school buses. Each bus can transport 61-77 students.
The Ministry of Education has worked with the Association of School Transportation Services of B.C. to procure school buses using the Standing Offer Pricing model. Contractors, Independent schools and First Nations schools are also able to take advantage of this pricing, which has resulted in savings of 10 to 15 per cent each year and saves districts significant administrative and staff time. The nine new buses will be delivered next spring.
“Our school bus drivers have a big responsibility on their shoulders,” says Kamloops North-Thompson MLA Terry Lake. “These new buses will help them continue to safely transport our students throughout the school year, and we thank them for their service to the community.”
In total, the provincial government is providing $11 million to 31 school districts to purchase 96 buses. In order to qualify for replacement, a bus needs to be on a regular route to school, and have met or exceeded the following criteria regarding age and kilometrage:
• 80 plus passenger buses – 15 years or 400,000 km
• 34 to 76 passenger buses – 12 years or 325,000 km
• 20 to 29 passenger buses – 10 years or 250,000 km