Thursday, October 29, 2015

Suit Questions Whether Released Time Church Buses Must Meet School Bus Standards

Public Opinion News reported yesterday on a suit filed in a Franklin County, Pennsylvania trial court challenging the contention by Pennsylvania State Police that yellow buses used by a Christian camp to transport students to and from school for a once-a-week "released time" program must meet the standards for vehicles owned or under contract with a school district.  Among other things, the buses used by Camp Joy El do not have swinging stop signs attached to the side, are not marked as school buses and are not painted with the specifically required yellow paint. A state trooper stopped one of the buses for inspection in a church parking lot, cited it for 9 violations and refused to allow students to board the bus to return to school. The suit asks for a preliminary injunction and a declaratory judgment permitting the Joy El to resume using its buses. Since the citation,it has been renting other buses at a cost of over $5000 per week.