Powering Our Schools: Propane Buses Powering Our Schools: Propane Buses
Propane autogas buses provide unmatched peace-of-mind for parents. The buses meet rigorous U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and are equipped with an automatic shutoff feature that prevents fuel flow to the engine when it’s not running.
Compared with diesel engines, propane autogas engines are noticeably quieter when operating, which has a big impact on safety.
- Bus drivers are responsible for students’ safety during transportation. A quieter bus allows bus drivers to perform their jobs in a much less chaotic environment.
- Easier to monitor students in the rear of the bus and take quick action in an emergency.
- Easier to concentrate on the road ahead and provide a safe ride to and from school.
NO MORE BLACK SMOKE
Schools can switch to propane autogas buses to protect students from dangerous diesel exhaust, a known carcinogen (capable of causing cancer) identified by the World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency.
- The shorter height of younger students puts them face-to-face with a black cloud of diesel smoke every school day.
- Children in wheelchairs are especially vulnerable to inhaling diesel exhaust.
- Propane autogas buses do not aggravate the symptoms of students with asthma or other breathing-related issues.
MORE SAVINGS FOR WHAT COUNTS
When a school district switches from diesel buses to propane autogas technology, they’re in a better position to afford what students need most.
- More teachers reduce class sizes for more individualized student attention.
- Everyday classroom supplies — pencils, markers, notebooks — which teachers may otherwise need to buy out-of-pocket.
- Savings can be used to fund special education programs and hire specialist educators.
- Funding for more robust fine arts and athletic programs that increase students’ confidence and provide a well-rounded education.