John Glenn School Corporation
Administrative Guidelines
 

8615 - ANTI-IDLING AND SMART DRIVING PROCEDURES

In order to reduce air pollution from diesel buses and reduce the potential for school bus emissions to be introduced into the air at schools, all bus drivers shall adhere to the following procedures:

 

A.

Limit idling time during early morning and/or afternoon warm-up to the maximum time recommended by the manufacturer.

     
 

B.

Turn off buses upon arrival at the unloading/loading area at any school and do not start them until it is time to depart from the unloading/loading area.

     
 

C.

Adhere to the preceding procedures not only at the school when transporting students on field trips, but also at the site of the field trip.

   
 

D.

Limit the idling time while on school grounds to five minutes.

During times of severe cold or hot weather, the following provisions may be made:

 

A.

Bus drivers may wait in a designed, heated or air conditioned area inside the school after the bus engine has been turned off or unit it is time to load.

     
 

B.

Bus drivers may request permission from their supervisor to idle their bus for a longer period to warm the bus.

In emergency situations and for safety purposes, buses may idle for longer than five (5) minutes. Examples of such situations may be to:

 

A.

use lift equipment while loading or unloading students with special needs

   
 

B.

make emergency repairs to the bus

Corporation bus drivers shall adhere to the following restrictions regarding idling time:

 

A.

Limit idling time during early morning and/or afternoon warming up to the maximum time recommended by the manufacturer.

   
 

B.

Turn off buses upon arrival at the unloading/loading area at any school and do not start them until it is time to depart from the unloading/loading area.

   
 

C.

Adhere to the preceding procedures not only at the school when transporting students on field trips, but also at the site of the field trip.

   
 

D.

School buses will not idle for longer than five (5) minutes on school grounds.

In accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s initiative to reduce air pollution from diesel school buses, the Transportation Director shall adhere to the following procedures:

 

A.

Remind drivers regularly that following other diesel vehicles too closely, either on regular runs or field trips, can contribute to higher concentrations of diesel exhaust inside and outside the bus.

   
 

B.

Include the most stringent emission control standards recommended by the E.P.A. when developing specifications for new buses.

   
 

C.

Change circuit configurations so that the flashing lights are powered by the battery and do not require the engine to be running to be operational.

Bus drivers shall be informed of these requirements by the Transportation Director.

Approved 5/21/13

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