Through its annual fleet renewal program, the provincial government is providing the Okanagan Similkameen School District with $109,477 for the purchase of one new school bus.
The Okanagan Similkameen School District’s bus can transport 61-77 students.
The Ministry of Education has worked with the Association of School Transportation Services of B.C. to procure school buses using the Standing Offer Pricing model. Contractors, Independent schools and First Nations schools are also able to take advantage of this pricing which has resulted in savings of 10 to 15 per cent each year and saves districts significant administrative and staff time. The 4 new buses will be delivered next spring.
All totalled, the provincial government is providing $11 million to 31 school districts to purchase 96 buses.
· In order to qualify for replacement, a bus needs to be on a regular route to school, and have met or exceeded the following criteria regarding age and kilometrage:
– 34 to 76 passenger buses – 12 years or 325,000 km