How school authorities will benefit?
School districts/authorities will benefit from the GPS assisted school bus in many ways to help reduce fuel costs, wages of bus drivers (on the name of over-time)and ensuring the safety of their students. A GPS assisted school bus would have the most efficient path mapped out for the bus driver thus alleviating wrong turns or high traffic areas.
This would obviously lead to fuel savings since fewer miles would be driven but it would also save the school districts money in wages for the school bus drivers. More efficient paths will also lead to savings for the school district in the amount of wages they pay to their bus drivers.
Not to mention about the significance of children’s safety till they reach home; with the help of these GPS trackers, school districts can monitor how the bus driver is performing with accurate alerts, charts & reports on speeding, dangerous sharp cornering, sudden breaking, jackrabbit starts etc so that these issues can be addressed with the drivers and ensure the children a safe bus ride.
This GPS program will also assist the school bus drivers in making their jobs easier since their path will be clearly shown to them. Bus drivers do not always drive the same routes. Neither are they familiar with the best route nor which stop each child is to be dropped off at. This would be a time-saver for the driver and help prevent any confusion by a child potentially getting dropped off at the wrong drop off point, leading to panic of parent when they arrive to pick up their child and they aren’t there.
With the increasing child missing cases & school bus accidents, it’s not a surprising news that many State Governments & local Govt. authorities across India have already started making GPS tracking systems mandatory for school busses.