Safe School Transportation for Children and Toddlers with Disabilities

This draft law written by Bizchut establishes procedures for school buses that will ensure the safety and health of children with special needs who are entitled to receive transportation to and from school provided by the local authorities.

The draft law relates to the length of time that children with special needs can spend travelling each journey, the number of children in each bus, the use of seat belts and other safety restraints, the role of the escort and the role of the regional supervisor who oversees all those who play a part in ensuring the procedures are properly implemented.

In addition to this, the draft expands the right to transportation to and from school by correcting the long-standing mistaken practice of defining entitlement according to type of disability rather than according to the specific needs of an individual child.

The draft law was written by Bizchut at the request of Chairperson of the Knesset Internal Affairs Committee, MK David Amsalem, and presented to the Knesset by him, MK Karin Elharar and other members of the Internal Affairs Committee in response to the Ministry of Education not publishing regulations during the past 20 years; despite repeat complaints and indications of life threatening activity.

Read the law (in Hebrew) here.