FISCAL NOTE

Date Requested: January 10, 2019
Time Requested: 03:44 PM
Agency: Education, WV Department of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2104 Introduced SB238
CBD Subject: Crime, Roads and Transportation


FUND(S):

0317

Sources of Revenue:

General Fund

Legislation creates:





Fiscal Note Summary


Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.


    The estimated cost to the State under the Public School Support Plan (PSSP) for the installation of forward-facing cameras on new school buses is $595,199.
    



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2019
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2020
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 595,199 595,199
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 595,199 595,199
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0


Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):


    The estimated cost to the State under Step 4 of the Public School Support Program (PSSP) to have forward-facing cameras installed on
    all new school buses is $595,199.
    
    Counties are provided bus replacement funding through Step 4 of the PSSP based on a 12 year replacement cycle. They receive 8.33%(1/12th) of the current replacement value of each school district's school bus fleet each year. If forward-facing cameras were to be required due to passage of this bill, then forward-facing cameras would be included in the bus bid values that are received by the Office of Facilities and Transportation each year.
    
    The estimated cost for a forward facing camera on a new bus is $2,500. Based on the most current fleet data and the age of the buses,2,857 buses will receive bus replacement funding in FY20. If this proposed legislation passes, each county will receive an additional $208.33 per bus ($2,500/12) in bus replacement funding for FY20. The total estimated cost for this proposed legislation is $595,199.
    
    There is no estimated cost to the county boards of education for the proposed legislation.



Memorandum


    §17C-12-7 (a) states, in part, "The driver of a vehicle, upon meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus which has stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging any school children, shall stop the vehicle before reaching the school bus when there is in operation on the school bus flashing warning signal lights, as referred to in §17C-12-8 of this code, and the driver may not proceed until the school bus resumes motion, or is signaled by the school bus driver to proceed or the visual signals are no longer actuated." Since the purpose of installing the forward-facing cameras is to help enforce this bill, it is recommended that including rear
    facing cameras in this legislation also be considered.
    
    WV is a state without front bumper license plates. A forward-facing camera would only capture the license plate number of the offending vehicle if the vehicle were to pass the bus from behind. If, however, a vehicle were to pass a bus from the opposite direction, the forward-facing camera would not be able to capture the license place of the vehicle in order to be able accurately identify and enforce the fine.
    
    The estimated cost for installing both forward and rear facing cameras on new school buses is $3,500 per bus. Based on the most current fleet data and the age of the buses, 2,857 buses will receive bus replacement funding in FY20. If this proposed legislation passes, and if the proposed legislation is updated to include rear-facing cameras as well as forward-facing cameras, each county will receive an additional $291.67 per bus ($3,500/12) in bus replacement funding for FY20. The total estimated cost to the State under Step 4 of the
    Public School Support Program (PSSP) for both rear and forward facing cameras on new school buses is $833,301.



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Brenda Freed
    Email Address: bfreed@k12.wv.us