Planning and practice can prevent transportation troubles on the first day of school. Bus prep, dry runs and parent contact are some of the key steps for a successful start.
Transportation departments can adopt new approaches to help reduce traffic around schools and to ensure the safety of students who don’t qualify for yellow bus service.
Making sure drivers commit to preventive behaviors and that they understand how to eliminate risk are key. Discussing near-miss incidents as a group has also proved to be effective.
Our 2015 Contractor Survey found that driver shortage among school bus contractors is on the increase. Adding to the difficulty of attracting people to the school bus driving profession is the pay.
Many of us recall the “olden days” when Allen Funt’s hilarious TV show “Candid Camera” was a big hit. Little did we know then that being on a candid camera eventually would be commonplace.
Measures to cut water use while maintaining a clean fleet include brush systems, nozzle upkeep, and using foams and soap alternatives such as vehicle wash agents, suppliers say.
Who says all school bus news has to be bad news? Take a proactive approach to promoting your department’s successes through social media, newsletters, events and other PR efforts.
Throughout its history, the Illinois-based contractor has been at the forefront of using alternative fuels for its vehicles — beginning with a horse and wagon powered by oats and hay.
In the past two years, alternative-fuel school bus sales more than doubled, and the options for alternative-fuel school buses have multiplied.
A discussion after the first SBX captured perfectly why we offer this new membership benefit and have the annual Summit. Commenting on the myriad challenges facing school transportation professionals and why she found SBX valuable, an attendee said she “was hoping to find people that could help me solve some of my problems.”
With running having become a lifelong pursuit for me, I recently found myself once again riding a school bus to an important race, just like in high school. On April 20, I ran in the Boston Marathon for the first time. ...
For operations that run propane or CNG school buses, suppliers can provide customized solutions for efficient and reliable fueling.
End users say savings on propane autogas and CNG fuel and maintenance costs, along with having to perform less maintenance, help recoup the extra cost of purchasing the vehicles and installing fueling systems.
At the inaugural SBX event, school transportation officials share ideas on such topics as efficiency, technology and identifying the outputs of a successful operation.
SBF decided to switch the Canadian Fact Book from print to digital this year for two key reasons: to get this information-packed issue to more people, and to do it more efficiently.
Data collected by SBF over the past six consecutive years show increases in the proportion of contractor buses being used, from one-quarter in 2007-08 to one-third in 2012-13.
The FCMSA is considering an increase in the federal minimum insurance requirements for passenger motor carriers. This is a very important issue for school bus contractors, as these requirements could dramatically affect insurance costs.
The theme of National School Bus Safety Week this year is “Be smart. Be seen. I wait in a safe place.”
Westfield (Ind.) Washington Schools will test out lap-shoulder belts on six of its buses. Several aspects of the program are interesting, such as that it's not in reaction to a crash or a mandate from lawmakers.
Audio monitoring can help deter and resolve verbal conflicts, bullying accusations and general bad behavior. But privacy concerns must be addressed.
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