6000 - Support Services

6340 Transportation Service/Vehicle Contracts

The board may enter into contracts with public or private carriers in accordance with G.S. 115C-253, State Board of Education policy, any other applicable law and this policy. Any contracts also must comply with policy 6450, Purchase of Services.

Because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that passenger vans with a seating capacity of 11 or more, including the driver, can be unsafe in certain conditions, the use of such vehicles to transport students in prohibited. This includes what are commonly referred to as 12- or 15-passenger vans.

The superintendent or designee shall develop safety standards for contracted commercial bus transportation services used to transport students to school-related activities. The standards must comply with the requirements established by the State Board. The superintendent or designee shall develop a list of companies or individuals that meet these standards and are approved to provide student transportation services. If appropriate, the superintendent shall recommend that the board enter into interlocal cooperation agreements to assist in developing the standards and list of approved entities required under this paragraph.

The superintendent shall ensure that the school system contracts for student transportation services only with companies or individuals who are on the approved list.

The board may purchase or lease student transportation vehicles in accordance with law and board policy, including policy 6430, State Purchasing Requirements for Equipment, Materials and Supplies; policy 6440, Local Purchasing Requirements for Equipment, Materials and Supplies; and policy 6425, Continuing Contracts. Any such vehicle must meet federal safety standards and state requirements.

All titles will be issued to the board of education. Sufficient liability coverage must be maintained in accordance with policy 8340, Insurance.

The board will consider requests for providing transportation services to a charter school. Such consideration will take into account any factors required by law.

Legal References:
49 U.S.C. 30125, 30165; G.S. 115C-42, -47(25), -239, -240, -247, -249, -249.1, -253, -255; Preventive Maintenance and Vehicle Replacement Manual (NC Bus Fleet Manual), State Board of Education Policy TCS-H-005; State Board of Education Policies TCS-H-009, -010, -011; School Charter Transportation Recommended Guidelines and Procedures, available at http://www.doe.in.gov/safety/docs/presentation/motorcoach.pdf
Cross References:
Continuing Contracts (policy 6425), State Purchasing Requirements for Equipment, Materials and Supplies (policy 6430), Local Purchasing Requirements for Equipment, Materials and Supplies (policy 6440), Purchase of Services (policy 6450), Insurance (policy 8340)
Monday, 09 January 2012
Last Updated:
Monday, 12 March 2012