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November 17, 2009  |   Comments (4)   |   Post a comment

Illinois bus drivers must perform child-check inspections


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CHICAGO — All Illinois school bus drivers are required to conduct comprehensive post-trip inspections to ensure that children and other passengers are not left unattended on buses under a bill that was signed into law today by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Failure to conduct a post-trip bus inspection can result in a school bus driver’s permit being suspended.

The law also requires school bus owners to equip their buses with two-way radios systems that enable drivers to send and receive information, requests or alerts to and from their companies, school districts or emergency service providers. Drivers are required to test the radios before their buses can be operated.

(Prior to this law, the state allowed school buses to be equipped with two-way radios at a bus owner’s discretion.)

“The safety of our children is of paramount importance to the people of Illinois,” Quinn said in a statement. “This new law prevents children from being left unattended on a school bus and also ensures that bus drivers receive important information while on the road.”

The law takes effect immediately.


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About time!

Barbara    |    Nov 18, 2009 04:01 PM

I live in NY, the northwest section, near Lake Ontario. We have been using 2-way radios for quite some time now and we have child-check systems installed on all of our buses. I have been driving more than 25 yrs., any extra safety equiptment is good when it comes to saving the lives of our children !

Mary    |    Nov 18, 2009 02:35 PM

Mary    |    Nov 18, 2009 02:32 PM

I live in Citrus County Florida in our County we are requred to have a student roster that means in the afternoon at the primary schools we have to check them getting on the bus and when we get to ther stop we check them getting off at there stop and that way we know that all the students got to there stop and then we check the bus to make sure that they did not forget anyone or any thing.

Carlene Ottenbaker    |    Nov 18, 2009 04:14 AM

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