School Transportation Scams

By Charles K. Trainor

Yellow school buses are an American education icon. Yet few outside education know the complexities behind Big Yellow’s daily performance of picking up and dropping off students. In addition to buying, selling, or leasing vehicles, school leaders must monitor fuel purchases, safeguard fuel supplies, arrange for safety inspections, hire bus drivers and mechanics, procure insurance, purchase bus parts, equip garages, and respond to student discipline issues.

Without proper oversight, these transactions provide opportunities for regulatory violations, lawsuits, and fraud.

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