Specifications include, but are not limited to:
1.) Contractor shall maintain all Fleet (Contractor-owned & District-Owned) equipment used in the transportation of students in accordance with laws and regulations of the State of Mississippi regarding school buses, and such equipment shall be maintained in good mechanical order at all times to pass Mississippi school bus inspection. Buses shall be kept in clean and sanitary condition and open to examination by the HPSD at all times. This shall include HPSD-owned buses used for Routes with no fees charged back to the HPSD. These buses shall be cleaned twice per month, interior and exterior, during the school year.
2.) Contractor may perform vehicle maintenance repairs for other vehicles owned or leased by the HPSD. However, HPSD is not required to utilize maintenance services of the Contractor for buses, vehicles, or equipment owned by the HPSD, except for the preventive maintenance for the HPSD-owned Athletic/Band/Activity (In-District Use) buses.
3.) An automated operation/maintenance recording system for each vehicle and vehicle category shall be in place in order to provide a basis for optimum fleet management. The Contractor will be responsible for maintaining the records. When the Contractor repairs HPSD owned vehicles, the Contractor will be required to include with the monthly bill a detailed maintenance record of each repair.
4.) It is understood that all equipment furnished shall comply with all statutes, school bus specifications, and safety regulations in force, and that if any bus equipment owned by the Contractor fails at any time to comply in whole or in part during the term of the Contract, it shall be replaced by the Contractor without expense to the HPSD and without claims for adjustment per diem, or per trip, compensation.
5.) All buses or vehicles placed in operation by the Contractor, under this Proposal, shall be owned by the Contractor.
6.) Park-outs: Park-outs may be allowed upon approval of the HPSD.
7.) Spare or Standby Buses: Spare or Standby buses in a number equal to ten percent (10%) of the regularly assigned route buses, meeting the same specifications of the route buses, shall be available on-site to provide extra-curricular service and to be used in the event any buses regularly transporting students shall be inoperable. Included in the 10% requirement for spare buses shall be a minimum of one (1) spare bus equipped with a wheelchair lift. The HPSD will not be billed additionally for spare or standby buses.