With the help of a state program aimed at reducing pollution, the Paso Robles school district will receive four new, low-emission school buses worth $660,000, the district announced.
Most of the funding — $560,000 — was provided by the state’s low-emission state bus replacement program, which seeks to replace aging and polluting buses. The program was authorized by voters in 2006, when they approved the passage of Proposition 1B, the Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality and Port Security Bond Act. The rest of the funds will come from a legacy grant from the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control Board.
In order to receive the new buses, the district was required to retire any buses built before 1989.
The new buses also come with three-point seatbelts, which will be mandatory for all passengers to wear on the new buses.