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:

  • Time
  • Location
  • 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 of Education.

Approved devices

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:

MakeModelWebsiteApproval status
Coretex iBright EDR Coretex (external link) Approved
Cable Price Scania: Communicator Cable Price (external link) Initiated
eRoad Ehubo2 ERoad (external link) Pending
FleetPin FleetPin Cross Country FleetPin (external link) Approved
GreenRoad V5 GreenRoad (external link) Approved
Mix Telematics To be confirmed Mix Telematics (external link) Initiated 
NSP Icomera To be confirmed NSP (external link) Initiated
Off the Net To be confirmed Off the Net (external link) Initiated
Smartrak To be confirmed Smartrak (external link) Initiated
Teletrac Navman To be confirmed Teletrac Navman  (external link) Initiated 
Tom Tom To be confirmed Telematics (external link) Initiated 
  • 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 is 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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