La. attorney general's opinion slows costly changes to school bus routes

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

State legislation is threatening to increase school bus route times and mileage, but Central Louisiana buses will roll their regular routes on the first day of school.

A law prohibiting bus drivers from picking up or dropping off students in locations where they would have to cross traffic lanes took effect Aug. 1. But an opinion from the state attorney general is giving districts more time to comply with Act 654, originally intended for high-traffic metropolitan areas like New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

The opinion issued July 28 answered questions from the Louisiana School Board Association and determined that districts should begin the process of complying with the act by its effect date of Aug. 1. But the law gives no specified completion date, only that a “reasonable time” for compliance is implied, allowing school districts to take their time in implementing changes.

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