Pursuant to Chapter 65, Rule 65C-22.001 – General Information, Florida Day Care Centers are required meet certain criteria when transporting children.
1. The driver of any vehicle that is regularly used by the child care facility must have a current Florida driver’s license and an annual physical examination that grants approval to drive.
2. Any vehicle that is regularly used to transport children must be inspected annually by a mechanic. The mechanic must document the maintenance on the vehicle.
Rule 65C-22.001 also incorporates the inspection responsibilities and insurance requirements under 316.615, Florida Statutes (2011). Pursuant to sec. 316.615 – Schools buses; physical requirements of drivers, Florida Day Care Centers must comply with certain regulations if transportation is provided for children to and from school. “School” includes all public and private nursery, preelementray, elementary and secondary level schools. All motor vehicles, except privately owned passenger vehicles and those operated by governmental entities, that have a seating capacity of less than 24, which is regularly used for the transportation of pupils to or from school, or to or from school activities, must be equipped with the following:
1. Nonleaking exhaust system;
2. First-aid kit;
3. Fire extinguisher;
4. Unbroken safety glass on all windows;
5. Inside rear view mirror, which is capable of giving the driver a clear view of vehicles approaching from behind; and
6. Seats that are securely anchored.
These day care center buses, vans, and vehicles are prohibited from transporting more passengers than they are equipped to seat.
Automobile accidents are a leading cause of childhood personal injuries or childhood deaths. Compliance with the rules and regulations ensures the safety and well-being of children while under the care of Florida Day Care Centers.