Assemblywoman Wants Tougher Law For Bus Drivers

Linda Stender

TRENTON – School bus drivers who leave children on their vehicles at the end of the route will immediately lose their jobs under a bill introduced by Assemblywoman Linda Stender.

The bill (A-3413) would revise the penalties to provide that in the event that a child is left on the bus, the driver will have his or her school bus endorsement permanently revoked, and be immediately terminated from employment by the employing board of education or school bus contractor.


Stender proposed this legislation as a measure of keeping children safe after several reports of missing children, most notably in South Brunswick this past September where two twin first graders fell asleep and were not found until hours later.

“Upon hearing of the stunning number of reports of children left on the bus after a route, it is necessary to make sure bus drivers properly inspect their vehicle, ” said Stender (D-Union). “As a parent, no one should have to go through the scare of a missing child, especially when they are supposed to be safely transported to school by trained individuals.”

This bill has been referred to Assembly Education Committee for consideration.

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