$209,000 for new school buses

By working together on pricing, school buses are being purchased at a saving of 10 to 15 per cent.

Through its annual fleet renewal program, the provincial government is providing Langley School District with $209,940 for the purchase of two new school buses.

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 new buses will be delivered next spring

In total, 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:  80-plus passenger buses – 15 years or 400,000 km;  34- to 76-passenger buses – 12 years or 325,000 km and  20- to 29-passenger buses – 10 years or 250,000 km.

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