In a release the MLA for Peace River South Mike Bernier says, “Replacing aging school buses with new ones is important, especially with the distances and weather conditions here in our region. This is a great investment to be making in our school district, where transportation is so important for rural children.”
In order for districts to qualify for funding for new buses, buses that carry over 80 students must be 15 years old, or have travelled over 400,000 kilometres. Buses that carry 34-76 passengers must be 12 years old, or have travelled over 325,000 kilometres, and buses that hold 20-29 students must be 10 years old or have travelled more than 250,000 kilometres.
Overall, the provincial government is giving $11,000,000 to 31 school districts to buy 96 buses.