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The Child Check Alarm Bill

What You Need To Know

Child Safety is no joke. That is why Governor Brown signed SB1072 into law on September 27, 2016. SB1072, also known as the “Paul Lee School Bus Safety Law” is named after a special-needs student from Whittier who died in September 2015 after being left unattended on a school bus for several hours.

The law requires all school buses to be equipped with an operational child-check reminder alarm system that prompts the driver to inspect all seats before leaving the bus. The system must be approved by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and hard-wired into the vehicles electrical system and activated when the ignition is turned on.

The law will also:

  • Require reporting to ensure notification to the department of Motor Vehicles of cases when a child is left on a bus unattended.
  • Direct the CHP to publish rules to implement the new requirements and provide a list of child safety alarms approved for use in school buses and a qualified technician or mechanic who can install the system.
  • Grant school districts and school bus contractors a grace period of eight months after the date that the CHP issues the rules to install a child safety system.

The Child Check-Mate System® is by far the more popular choice, however, A-Z Bus Sales offers several alternatives, depending on your districts needs and budget. To learn more about A-Z Bus Sales’ child safety solutions and installation or the Child Check-Mate System®, complete the form on this page, scan through the Frequently Asked Questions on the FAQ section, or give us a call.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Child Check-Mate System® need to be hard-wired?

As the law is currently written, experts believe that the child safety system needs to be hardwired into your school bus. A-Z Bus also recommends hard-wiring they system as this is the most effective way to prevent possible electrical system failure within your bus.

Do you offer installation services?

Yes, contact A-Z Bus Sales’ Service Center to schedule service. You can complete the from on this page and check “Installation Services” and a representative will contact you to discuss your options.

Do you offer other child safety check solutions?

Yes. While the Child Check-Mate System® is the most popular child safety system, A-Z Bus Sales also offers the Zonar System and Collins Bus Child Safety System. Complete the form on this page and check the system(s) you may be interested in purchasing. A sales representative will contact you to discuss your options.

Do you offer driver training on how to use the system?

We are currently taking enrollment interest. If you are interested in training for yourself ro drivers, please complete the form on this page and select “Training.” We will notify you of future training dates.

When does the law take effect?

As currently stated on SB1072, Sec. 7, Article 18, Subsection (a) “On or before January 2018, the department shall adopt regulations governing the specifications, installation, and use of child safety alert systems.”

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