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Contractors see safety as an investment

Executives for some of North America's largest school bus companies discuss how allocating resources toward such efforts as driver training and preventive maintenance can benefit the operation by improving safety and employee morale, which, in turn, enhances profitability.

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At First Student, well maintained and safely operated buses lead to a long service life, and Senior Vice President of Commercial Development Roger Moore says maintaining a safe operation also enables the company to retain the best employees.

At First Student, well maintained and safely operated buses lead to a long service life, and Senior Vice President of Commercial Development Roger Moore says maintaining a safe operation also enables the company to retain the best employees.

First Student Inc.
Cincinnati

Is safety profitable?
The only profitable operation is a safe one. If you take a close look at the costs of operating school buses, it becomes clear that unsafe operations are unprofitable. Medical payments, physical damages, loss of revenue, legal judgments and a bad reputation can quickly eat up the modest margins of any contractor’s operation.

How does a safe operation help contractors succeed from a business perspective?
Our customers know that we take our responsibility to transport their children safely to and from school very seriously. They know that students are in good hands. That is of paramount importance.

  • Roger Moore, senior vice president of commercial development
    <p>Roger Moore, senior vice president of commercial development</p>



Maintaining a safe operation allows us to retain the best employees; no one wants to work for an unsafe bus company.

Safe operations also allow us to utilize resources to enhance profitability. If our buses are well maintained and safely operated, they will have a long service life. If our employees are well trained, held to tight safety standards and appreciated for their contributions, they have lower absenteeism and a great attitude.

FLEET FACTS
Number of school buses: 54,450
School district contracts: 1,400
Company head: Dennis Maple, president
Website: www.firststudentinc.com

 

Krapf Bus Companies
West Chester, Pa.

Is safety profitable?
Safety is part of the overall excellent service we provide and is the differential that has helped us attract new clients and retain the existing ones. It is a must when you are looking to provide school student transportation. Due to our excellent safety record, we continue to maintain the first two accounts that George Krapf Jr. & Sons obtained over 70 years ago. 

We provide above and beyond the minimum state-required training for new drivers and have excelled in veteran driver safety training. Our veteran driver safety training has been so successful that recently we provided a session at the Pennsylvania School Bus Association’s annual convention to benefit the membership/industry as a whole.

  • Shawn McGlinchey, vice president of risk management
    <p>Shawn McGlinchey, vice president of risk management</p>



How does a safe operation help contractors succeed from a business perspective?
Where the savings come in are in our insurance costs. Due to our safety program and the performance of it, we have achieved better than market rates for fleet insurance, thus giving us a competitive edge. Safety is our top priority and part of our core values.

FLEET FACTS
Number of school buses: 2,475
School district contracts: 37
Company head: Blake Krapf, CEO
Krapf School Bus division website: www.krapfbus.com/school-bus

 

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