DISD is finally recognizing that 12- and 15-passenger vans are more dangerous than convenient.
Dallas is a busy city. People going to work, kids going to school, it just gets pretty chaotic with everybody having somewhere to be. For years, Dallas Independent School District (DISD) has provided 12- and 15-passenger vans to help with accommodation and convenience. The passenger vans are a huge convenience for parents that don’t have time to make it to work on time and take their kids to school, get off work in time enough to pick their kids up from school — and for parents and kids who just simply have conflicting schedules. The vans also provide convenience to DISD by helping them with their budget cuts because the vans are cheaper and more fuel efficient than school buses.
These vans sound quite handy right? Unfortunately, they’re also deadly. As of October, 2013, 12- to 15-passenger vans are no longer being used by DISD. The Texas Education Agency and the Texas Association of School Boards both agree that, "School Districts are not allowed to use 12- or 15- passenger vans to transport students on route to and from school."
The possibility of the vans rolling over while students are on board – causing death and serious body injury – is reason-enough to stop using them. On top of that is the issue of identification. Most of the vans used for transportation have no logo, name, or anything to say they are associated with DISD. Therefore, essentially, a stranger could show up in a van, and a parent would be none-the-wiser. The danger is so serious that van owners are now being prohibited from selling vans to school districts! And not just by local and state governments, but by the federal government.
The DISD is now acting on what car accident lawyers have known for years. The main argument behind this issue is that large vans are just simply unsafe. They have a disturbing history of rollover accidents, and no amount of cost cutting is worth that kind of risk to students.
For years, Dallas Independent School District (DISD) has provided 12- and 15-passenger vans to help with accommodation and convenience. Unfortunately, they’re also deadly. As of October, 2013, 12- to 15-passenger vans are no longer being used by DISD.