Check, mate

Bus drivers in Australia can be electronically reminded to check for sleeping school kids

Kojonup Bus Service is the first Australia operator to use the Child Check-Mate System, a safety system for school buses.

The Western Australia operator is a division of Transport Systems Australia, and the first contractor in Australia to adopt the Child Check- Mate System.

The operator tested a few systems in January and has since installed the system on most fleet vehicles, with the view to equip its entire fleet with the system over the next few months.

The system was installed to remind drivers to check the vehicles for sleeping children at the end of each route.

If the post-trip inspection child check is not completed, it is possible to leave a passenger behind, potentially exposing them to extreme climates.

Depot Manager Travis Bower says they have a reputation of delivering safe and reliable service and our drivers obviously play a huge role in developing that reputation.

"Our drivers are a conscientious and safety-oriented group of professionals, and we place a lot of emphasis on driver training," he says.

"But we’re all human, and everyone can benefit from that extra reminder - especially when it can save a life."

Child Check-Mate System has worked closely with Kojonup Bus Service to deliver a system which is suitable to Australia’s requirements.

Director of Business Development Brad Both says they were very happy to work with Kojonup Bus Service over the past few months, and are grateful for all of the insight they've afforded the company.

"We reviewed every part of the installation and operation of the system with Kojonup Bus Service’s staff and believe that we have a solution which will work exceptionally well in Australia."

The Child Check-Mate System is the leading provider of electronic child check reminder devices and has sold over 250,000 systems in North America over the past 20 years.

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