Proposed change will reduce safety

It has just come to my attention that the State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has made this proposal: apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/laws/wsr/2014/15/14-15-087.htm

“Purpose of the proposal and its anticipated effects, including any changes in existing rules: This proposed change would allow school districts to purchase and operate a multifunction school activity bus (MFSAB) for the nonhome-to-school transportation of students.

“Reasons supporting proposal: This proposed change would allow districts to purchase an MFSAB. This vehicle would allow a non-CDL driver to transport up to fourteen passengers, instead of the current nine passengers. Safety is not reduced as these vehicles will meet school bus construction standards and will be required to have lap-shoulder belts. This change will provide additional flexibility for districts while reducing costs. These vehicles are not included in the school bus depreciation system.”

I am extremely opposed to this proposal. The statement that “safety is not reduced” conflicts with the OPSI’s recent increase in standards applied to CDL-school bus drivers. Those standards were increased this last spring for the purpose of increasing safety as well as reducing liability for the districts (and by extension, for the taxpayers). In that perspective, this proposal seems quite illogical, yet it is going to a hearing on Aug. 26. I encourage all citizens to get involved in expressing their opinion of the matter.

Victoria Purnell

Mukilteo School District

Everett

More in Opinion

Daydream is over; GOP must work with Democrats on ACA fix

Editorial: The Senate should end its latest ACA repeal effort and continue bipartisan talks.

Editorial cartoons for Sunday, Sept. 24

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Viewpoints: Who’s going to clean up Equifax’s mess?

You are, for starters. But there are things that credit agencies could do to secure your data.

Commentary: Include employee profit-sharing in tax reform

Tying corporate tax reform to profit-sharing would provide a fairer share for the middle class.

Commentary: Give retail marijuana balanced consideration

Retail sale of cannabis is up to Snohomish voters, and there are reasons to support it.

Robinson: The GOP’s health care proposals keep getting worse

It’s hard to find anyone who knows anything about health insurance who likes this monstrous creation.

Will: America’s engine is being slowed by complacency

The Great Enrichment is being superseded by the Great Flinch, a recoil against friction and change.

Parker: 25 years later, woman’s disappearance fresh in mind

Over the years, the work to find Dail Dinwiddie evolved into efforts to find and protect others.

Keillor: Voices in unison sing out our desire for common good

When you stand in a crowd and sing, it does pull people together.

Most Read