America’s iconic yellow school buses may soon be seen on local roads, with an Israeli company planning to import the vehicles in the coming year, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday.
But don’t get too excited, school bus fans (we’re assuming there are some of you out there), the yellow student-movers aren’t being endorsed by the Education Ministry just yet. According to the report, the buses are mainly in demand among Bedouin communities in the Negev at this point, due to their off-road capabilities — useful in small remote villages with no paved roads.
Zoko Enterprises, a company which imports industrial vehicles and equipment, is reportedly expected to receive authorization from the Transportation Ministry to import the buses, which are manufactured by US company Navistar.
The company plans to import several dozen of the buses by 2015, at around NIS 700,000 ($200,000) per bus.
School buses are standardized in the US, and are regulated by federal and state laws. In Israel there is no one type of bus for students, and local municipalities use various makes and companies to transport children to and from schools.