Alabama - Transportation Safety—safety training: Program Requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law requires districts to establish transportation plans or policies addressing bus driver safety training.

Alabama Code 16-27-1 State Board of Education to prescribe rules and regulations.

The State Board of Education shall prescribe rules and regulations:

(1) Requiring all local boards of education which provide transportation services for pupils going to and from public elementary and secondary schools of Alabama or in school-related activities, and the presidents of all state community, junior and technical colleges and directors of all state technical institutes and trade schools which provide transportation services for pupils going to and from said technical institutes and trade schools or community, junior and technical colleges to employ a competent supervisor or manager of such transportation services, whether such transportation services are provided in publicly owned or privately owned buses;

(2) Requiring periodic safety inspection of all vehicles used for transporting pupils, whether such vehicles are publicly or privately owned;

(3) Requiring and providing for special training and licensing of drivers of all vehicles used to transport pupils to and from school and in all school-related activities, whether such vehicles are publicly owned and operated or operated under contract with a private owner.


Alabama Code 290-2-4-.01 Basic Principles for Pupil Transportation.

The State Department of Education has a definite responsibility for safe operation of school buses. The following are specific responsibilities for promoting safety in school transportation.

  • (1) The establishment of minimum safety specifications for school bus equipment.
  • (2) Provision of training for school bus drivers.
  • (3) Provision of leadership and training for local school officials on operating safe transportation programs.
  • (4) Consultation with local officials on routing to utilize equipment each attendance area effectively.
  • (5) Provision of safety inspections for equipment and safety instruction for mechanics.
  • (6) Provision of guidance to state and local safety officials on elimination of road hazards, bus traffic patterns, and accident investigations.
    Alabama State Department of Education
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