The state's fleet of 2,987 Yellow School Buses provides safe and environmentally friendly transportation to 195,000 children every day.
Studies conducted by the American School Bus Council indicate:
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)
National Center for Safe Routes to School
Student Neighborhood Access Program (SNAP)
Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT)
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:
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Entry-Level Driver Training Provider Identification Report
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs