The school bus looks like it’s hardly changed in decades. Where’s the modernization?

Although school buses have been the safest mode of transportation on the road for decades, the school bus industry is continuously working on new technology and safety features to make our children as safe as possible.

School buses have remained distinctive in color and basic shape for years – preserving their easy identification by the rest of our communities. However, beneath this familiar shape is a modern generation of school bus with dozens of improvements. New buses regularly incorporate new safety features, all designed with the goal of keeping our children safe. You may not see all of them, as improvements are constantly being made both internally and externally with each new model. Different buses from different manufacturers will include different new features, but some examples are:

  • Gate arms attached to the front of the bus help guarantee children walk out where the driver can see them at all times.

  • Sleeping child alarm” in the rear of the bus guarantees the driver checks each seat at the end of his or her route.

  • New designs of the front windows, mirrors and the driver’s seat location give drivers a better view of the road and of students.

  • Reinforced side panels resist side impacts.

  • Increased emergency exit space allows quick and easy evacuation if necessary.

  • Higher seat backs to increase the effectiveness of passenger protection.

  • High visibility exterior markings to increase traffic awareness.

  • Manufacturers are producing "greener" buses through increased engine efficiency and the introduction of hybrid buses and buses that run on alternative fuels like CNG and propane.