COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 116
August 14, 1998

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Road Speed Control Devices on School Buses

 
The Pupil Transportation Service has identified an issue that 
may affect the ability of school divisions to operate school 
buses equipped with Road Speed Governors manufactured by 
Econocruise.  The manufacturers of these Road Speed Control 
Devices (Governors) are unable to supply parts, or in some 
cases original equipment, to the school bus dealers in Virginia 
or to individual school divisions.  As you know, school buses 
are not approved for transporting students unless they are 
equipped with these devices.

We are seeking guidance from the Attorney General?s office to 
determine how the Department of Education should proceed in 
addressing this problem.  At this point, the agency does not 
have the authority to waive this regulatory requirement.  As 
soon as a remedy for helping school divisions is identified, we 
will provide that information to you.

In the meantime, please ask your pupil transportation staff to 
document everything related to these devices and the issue 
involved.  Also, it will be helpful for your staff  to be able 
to show whether or not  the affected school buses are gear-
bound and, therefore,  are mechanically unable to achieve a 
certain maximum speed. 

Dr. Barbara V. Goodman or Mr. Vince Nevius are available to 
discuss this situation with you, and can be reached at 804-225-
2037.    Otherwise, you will be notified as soon as  we receive 
anything regarding this issue.   

PDS/aam