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School trips made easy with Airbus

First off – we understand. As an educator, you have more than enough to keep you busy. Choosing the bus company for your trip is yet another responsibility to add to an already overflowing list of things to do. But don’t worry! At Santa Barbara Airbus, we strive to make your experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. With over 30 years of experience, the Airbus knows what you need to ensure a safe, successful class trip.

"SPAB" and what it means for your school trip.

When it comes to school trips, choosing the right company is very important. California laws dictate that in order for a motor coach operator to provide service for K-12 students, they must adhere to a stricter set of regulations. These are commonly referred to as "SPAB" laws. ("Student Pupil Activities Bus") There are many coach operators out there who do not meet these requirements. The Airbus is a "SPAB" certified carrier and is proud to have served local and area high school teams for nearly 20 years. Our familiarity with area schools and communities will ensure that you don't have to worry about the transportation. You can be confident that your students are in good hands with Airbus.

How do SPAB laws affect our trip?

SPAB laws were created to enhance the safety of school trips. They impact all areas of student transportation, from driver training to vehicle maintenance. They are designed so that when students travel with motor coach operators, they can rest assured that the vehicle and driver are properly equipped to provide safe, reliable transportation. However, there are a few regulations that can affect how you plan your trip. The most common things that come up are:

Designated Stops

Other than medical emergency, vehicle breakdown, or when the driver determines that it is unsafe to continue operation because of reduced visibility, the driver will make designated stops only in compliance with state regulations for school activity trips. Therefore we will require you to provide an itinerary of all stops, including all meal stops, rest stops, and all stops to be made by the bus driver even if they are tentative or not likely to happen. The itinerary must include specific locations, addresses and/or street names and cities. Example: McDonald’s at Seaward St. / Ventura CA.


Please note that California law makes the driver of the bus directly responsible for the safety and orderly conduct of the pupils while they are on the bus. Continued disorderly conduct or persistent refusal to submit to the authority of the driver shall be sufficient reason for the pupil to be denied transportation. The driver shall not require any pupil to leave the bus between home and school, or between school and other “designated” locations (5CCR 14103), unless the pupil is given into the custody of a parent or guardian, or someone designated by the parent or school district.

Pupil Safety and Security

School activity trips should be a learning and positive experience for all passengers aboard the bus. To insure the success of the trip, the driver should receive information in writing of any prior arrangements made for children to be discharged from the bus into the custody of a parent or guardian at any point during the trip; or if a pupil is to be discharged from the bus at a different location other than the one(s) specified in the contract for the trip. Also, any contact information such as Main Contact Person’s name and phone number should be forwarded to our office to be used in the event of an emergency, or in case special instructions are required.

Standing passengers

According to the California Code of Regulations the bus shall not be put in motion until all passengers are seated, and all passengers must remain seated at all times when the bus is in motion (13CCR 1217). Only an adult acting upon request by the driver to supervise or assist a pupil is permitted to stand.

Driver Hours Limitations

Be advised that California Code of Regulations prohibits the driver of a school activity trip from driving more than ten (10) hours total during any sixteen (16) hour work period. And the driver shall not drive again without first being off duty for at least eight (8) consecutive hours. Also, a School Activity Bus Driver shall not drive again after sixteen (16) hours have elapsed since first reporting for duty without first having been off duty for eight (8) consecutive hours. (CCR1212) Please help us achieve the best service possible by making sure you inform the driver of any changes in your itinerary that may be likely to affect the driver’s on duty status.

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