School transport — Automatic vehicle location technology
From January 2018, school bus operators under contract to the Ministry of Education must have an approved vehicle telematics system fitted to their vehicles.
What is a vehicle telematics system?
Vehicle telematic systems use Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) technology to transmit information about a vehicle.
AVL devices are widely used in the transport industry to record information about vehicle performance that could impact passenger experience and safety.
Transmitted information includes:
- excess speed
- heavy braking
- sharp cornering.
Why is this technology being introduced?
Improved monitoring of the school bus fleet is part of our commitment to health and safety, and ongoing service improvement.
Who has access to the information?
The information can be accessed by:
- the vehicle operator
- the Ministry of Education
- software developers working for the Ministry.
School bus operators must install an approved device on all vehicles by 1 January 2018 (see table below).
The current approval status is shown in the following table:
|Coretex||iBright EDR||Coretex(external link)||Approved|
|Fleetpin||Fleetpin Cross Country||Fleetpin(external link)||Approved|
|MiX Telematics||FM Series||MiX Telematics(external link)||Approved|
|Teletrac Navman||Qube 300||(external link)Teletrac(external link)||Approved|
- Approved: This device forms part of an Approved Vehicle Telematics System, as contractually required for all Ministry of Education school buses from 1 January 2018.
- Pending: Approved status is pending, with minor investigation required to ensure end to end system compatibility with the Ministry’s requirements.
- Initiated: Discussions have commenced with the Ministry to test AVL device/s for suitability with the Ministry’s transmission and data receipt requirements.
The Ministry has no preferred supplier, and makes no representation as to the services offered by any of these providers.
Operators should do their own due diligence before entering into any commercial arrangement for supply.
This list will be updated when there are any changes and there's no limit to the number of providers that may be approved.
Information for AVL device suppliers
To become an approved device supplier, contact the Ministry’s AVL software service provider:
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