Another push to raise school bus age limit in Tennessee

Thomas McMahon
Posted on December 30, 2013

Four years ago, a bill that was passed in Tennessee raised the maximum age for school buses from 15 to 17 years.

Now, officials in some counties are advocating another increase in the state’s limit on school bus service life, WBIR reported recently.

Under the current law, the normal retirement age for Type D (or transit style) school buses is 15 years, but waivers can be obtained for an additional two years. For Type C (or conventional) school buses, the normal retirement age is 12 years, but waivers can add five years.

For the extended service life, buses have to be inspected twice annually and meet other conditions. For example, any school bus being operated for a 16th or 17th year must have mileage under 200,000.

Considering the rigorous inspection requirements, some pupil transportation officials say that they could safely run their buses even longer.

"Our goal is to have safe buses. But the way that we [maintain] and keep up with them, there's no reason why the miles and years couldn't be extended," Keith Duncan, transportation director for Morgan County Schools, told WBIR.

In early 2013, bills aimed at raising the school bus service life limit were introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly, but they ended up stalling. With state legislators set to reconvene on Jan. 14, some school district officials are hoping for a successful attempt this time.

Related Topics: inspections, preventive maintenance, Tennessee

Thomas McMahon Executive Editor
Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
Representatives of The Peterbilt Store accept the TRP Bus Segment Dealer of the Year Award at the PACCAR Parts and Peterbilt 2016 Parts and Service Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Photo courtesy of Rosena Usmani.

More Bus, Truck Parts Dealers Honored

Among other PACCAR Parts and Peterbilt Motors Co. awards presented in Orlando, Florida, The Peterbilt Store receives the TRP Bus Segment Dealer of the Year Award.


Navistar, Meritor to Co-Brand Brake Shoe Kits

The companies enter an agreement to co-brand premium brake shoe kits, which are offered through the Fleetrite heavy-duty parts brand, covering about 50 part numbers.      


Remanufactured Diesel Engine

The remanufactured International MaxxForce DT 7.6L Running Complete diesel engine is available for the following 2007 to 2010 applications: IC Bus 300 Series buses; International 4300 Series; and International 4400 Series.


Fleet Management App

Fleetio has introduced Fleetio Go, an app that allows fleet operations teams to instantly update information and access fleet data from any location.

The National Association for Pupil Transportation has developed an online platform designed to help pupil transportation providers track, analyze, and compare KPI data with peers who are similar to them and collaborate on solutions.

New NAPT Technology to Help Optimize KPI Data

The business intelligence platform will display actionable data in a user friendly dashboard and allow transportation directors to share it and collaborate on solutions. It will be unveiled at the association’s annual Summit in November.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!