Utilization of school bus
The Ministry of Education approves the neighbor residents to ride on the school buses used by students in poorly transported areas.
When substituting the school bus as a community bus, it is necessary to pay attention so that students will not be adversely affected. In many cases, there are several problems that are caused by different student returning hours depending on the presence or absence of club activities. In addition, the long vacation period is used for club expeditions, and so on. Therefore, there is a possibility that it can not afford to operate as a local community bus. In conclusion, it is not always possible to combine community bus and school bus operations unconditionally in any area.
Therefore, by taking various measures according to the circumstances of each region, it is possible to operate the community bus efficiently. For example,
- The student is not influenced by the bus operation time, and the student leaves home for less than 5 minutes
- Set up a bus stop in the school and prepare an environment where students get on and off easily
- The temporary bus should service during long vacation or bad weather
In order to fulfill the above conditions, even if urgent contact from the school side due to unseasonable weather is necessary, it is necessary to be able to operate the bus by route passing through school. For that reason, ingenuity such as creating a mechanism to ask the bus company or driver to change the schedule from the school, which makes room for returning time enough, is important.
Also, in some cases, the returning time depends on each students that they presence or absence of club activities, so operation may be irregular.Therefore, for the purpose of minimizing the convenience of the residents and the influence of the students to go their homes, school buses that operateing at homecoming time may not be mixed with residents and dedicated to students only.
In addition, there are areas where school bus operations are entrusted to bus companies. Maintenance costs are often increased by leaving the bus company to operate, but this is due to the fact that the salary of conventional school bus drivers was inexpensive. By entrusting it, residents or students could get benefits such as following three.
- Safety was improved because bus drivers are an expert of driving buses
- Could save the trouble of finding a driver
- When bus drivers become sick or vehicle get damage, bus company operate substitute vehicle so that company can maintain bus operation steadily