New Legislation to Change When School Buses Must be Expired

Reported by: Amy Katcher
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Updated: 4/08 6:44 pm
(WDEF) Representative Vince Dean (R- East Ridge) has a plan to save taxpayer money while making sure our kids stay safe.
     He amended a bill that puts an expiration date on school buses that have been in service for longer than 18 years...
     Unless they logged fewer than 200,000 miles.
     The new stipulation lets older buses get a yearly exemption until they reach 200,000 miles.
     Marion County Schools Superintendent Mark Griffith said, "You might have, be in a situation if you're in just a small city district to where you've got a bus that's, you know might be 15 years old, and it's, you know not going to be utilized anymore but it only has 35 thousand miles on it. Which is practically a new bus to be quite honest with you."
     Rep. Dean estimates this new legislation will save $56 million in its first year.
     That's because districts won't have to replace buses just because they're 16 or 17 years old.
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