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All Other Victorian Bus Observations 2018

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Scanners to prevent stranded passengers

Postby Roderick Smith » Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:45 pm


January 25 2018 Scanners to 'reduce risk' of children being left on school buses.
More than 440 Victorian school buses will be fitted with scanning devices in a bid to stop children being forgotten inside them.
The move comes in response to a number of children being accidentally left on buses, sometimes in hot weather.
More than 440 school buses in Victoria will be fitted with scanning devices. Photo: Ryan Osland .
In a move to prevent this potentially fatal error, the Victorian Education Department will pay for the devices to be installed on buses that transport students to special schools.
The technology will require drivers and supervisors to walk to the back of the bus and scan a card reader after inspecting the aisles for children following a school run.
Education Minister James Merlino. Photo: Ellen Smith .
It also records when students have boarded and disembarked – data that can be accessed by parents and schools.
Some bus providers will roll out technology that will let parents and teachers see the exact location of the bus as students are ferried to and from school.
Victorian Education Minister James Merlino said the measures would strengthen the safety of students.
“We take our role in managing transport assistance very seriously and these new measures will further strengthen safety for students accessing the program,” he said.
It is understood the state government began investigating the new technology after a 7 yo boy attending Monash Special Developmental School was left on a Crown Coaches bus on a 31 degree day in 2016.
The boy was discovered in the afternoon, when the bus left the depot for the school pick-up run.
A similar incident occured in 2015, when a child from Bulleen Heights Special School was locked on a school bus for more than five hours after falling asleep.
Bus Association Victoria executive director Dr Chris Lowe said he was aware of five incidents over the past decade involving Victoria children being left on school buses.
Four of these incidents involved students attending special schools.
Dr Lowe said bus drivers and supervisors were required to check buses for children at the end of their run, but in a few rare instances this had not occurred.
“Nothing is fail-safe because drivers are human, they forget to walk the bus at the end of the shift,” he said.
“We hope that the technology we are embracing will further reduce that risk. It accurately tracks who is doing what, where and when."
Helen Hatherly, the president of the Victorian chapter of the Australian Association of Special Education, said she supported the initiative and that it should be expanded to all schools.
She said the technology would benefit all students who attended mainstream schools.
Earlier this week, a 5 yo Queensland girl was left on a school bus for 5 h after she should have returned from school, sparking a frantic search by police.
She had fallen asleep on the bus after her first day of school.
www.theage.com.au/national/education/sc ... 4yyvv.html
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Re: All Other Victorian Bus Observations 2018

Postby BroadGauge » Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:22 am

Sunbury Bus Service #31 (Scania L94UA/Volgren) is running the 12:22pm route 487 to Killara Heights today.

I also noticed this trip being operated by an artic yesterday so perhaps this is now a regular thing. Last time that I observed artics running regularly in the off-peak was in 2014.
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Re: All Other Victorian Bus Observations 2018

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