Subscribe Today

April 24, 2013  |   Comments (0)   |   Post a comment

New York bus drivers gear up for safety competition


SHARING TOOLS   | Email Print RSS

VALLEY COTTAGE, N.Y. — School bus drivers from around the state will convene here next month for the 42nd Annual New York State School Bus Safety Competition.

The event, which will be held at Rockland Lake State Park on May 18, is being organized by the New York School Bus Contractors Association (NYSBCA).

“Safety has always been and will always be the top priority of the school transportation industry,” NYSBCA President Phil Vallone said. “This annual competition brings together the top school bus drivers from New York and bus safety experts to share our knowledge, improve our skills and increase the safety of our passengers.“

The competition for the 125 drivers will begin with a written exam on school bus safety. They will then move on to a road course, where their skills will be tested in a variety of situations. Officials said each driver will choose from a range of vehicles that will include conventional school buses (Type C), transit-style buses (Type D) and conventional vans (Type A).

“While it’s a fun day focused on safety, it’s also a serious competition,” Vallone said. “Scoring well in this bus safety competition is a source of pride for the drivers, for their school bus contractors and for their schools.”

The winners of the competition can move on to participate in the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition in Tulsa, Okla., from July 19-20. Or, they can choose to participate in the New York Association for Pupil Transportation Safety Competition in Albany, N.Y., on July 13.


Post a Comment

Read more about: New York, roadeo


Post a comment





Related Stories

Premium Member

Get bus sales numbers, transportation statistics, bus specifications, industry survey results, bus loading and unloading fatality statistics and more in the School Bus Fleet Research Center. Become a premium member today!
Log in Button Register Button

Newsletter

Get breaking news, industry updates, product announcements and more.