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Test your knowledge with these 10 questions
October 1, 1998

The questions are drawn from the competency examination included in the "Train the Trainers Text - Transporting Individuals With Disabilities," written by Dr. Robert J. Cross and published by the National School Transportation Academy.

The finishing touches to a perfect bus garage
October 1, 1998

In the September 1998 issue, we discussed the structure, floor and lighting of a perfect school bus garage. In this second and final part, we take care of the rest of the facility.

Turmoil at Carpenter burdens entire industry
October 1, 1998

At press time, Carpenter’s survival was in doubt, hinging on a bailout plan that seemed more grounded in wishful thinking than reality.

A tough question: Your money or your life?
October 1, 1998

The long hours and deepening stress levels, caused by inadequate staffing, driver shortages, passenger misbehavior and parent complaints, can only lead to a systematic burnout of transportation managers.

How I Added Punch to My ‘Buster’ Presentation
September 1, 1998

To hold short attention spans, Faye Stevens trimmed the show length, added an original song and used a Buster-sized two-way street to directly involve the children.

The Secret of Letting Go
September 1, 1998

Consistency, documentation and progressive discipline are the keys to 'successful' termination of drivers and others.

Limit Your Liability — Before Accidents Happen
September 1, 1998

Reducing your liability exposure requires constant attention to driver training, awareness of a fleet's weaknesses and a commitment to 'best practices.

Buckling Under the Pressure?
September 1, 1998

Federal regulators and pupil transportation groups are calling for a new appraisal of school bus occupant safety. Undoubtedly, seat belts will receive a closer look.

Heat-sensitive students have special A/C needs
September 1, 1998

The heat-sensitive are prone to heat exhaustion or heat prostration during their bus ride. Cold-sensitive students require steady temperature levels high enough for their safety, health and comfort.

Design elements for a perfect bus garage
September 1, 1998

(First of two parts) One garage is not perfect for all. There are differences between garages for school buses and transit buses. But the hypothetical garage will have parts from which all garages can find some pieces.

Safety training has bottom-line impact
September 1, 1998

No piece of equipment can replace a good driver and attendant training program.

Differing perspectives provide better solutions
September 1, 1998

All of us involved in school transportation have passenger safety as our primary goal. At every school district, different groups can provide a wealth...

New NHTSA study spurs hope, anxiety
September 1, 1998

Something is gaining on the school transportation industry. It’s the mounting pressure to address the issue of seat belts on school buses.

On an ordinary day, madness on a school bus
August 1, 1998

Student threats against school personnel and against other students are not being treated as pranks anymore.

It Could Happen Here
August 1, 1998

Are you prepared for gunfire aboard a school bus? Recent campus assaults have forced transportation managers to scrutinize training programs, student conduct policies and emergency plans.

Product Enhancement Improves Safety Margin
August 1, 1998

‘Minor’ improvements to school bus components, such as remote-control mirrors, take school bus safety to a new level.

Hazardous Waste Management in the Bus Garage
August 1, 1998

Know the basics of handling, storage and reduction, prepare an emergency plan and use care in choosing a disposal firm. The conclusion of a two-part article.

Head Start: Ready — and waiting — for transportation rules
August 1, 1998

Despite the absence of clear-cut federal regulations, the landmark program for low-income children has been steadily improving its transportation safety at the local level

Develop Safe Habits Around Wheelchair Lifts
August 1, 1998

Injuries to students and staff during wheelchair lift use are probably less rare than you think. Although school bus operators have varying wheelchair lift procedures, there are some basic safety tips that can be shared with all drivers and aides.

Roadeo event works for technicians, too
August 1, 1998

The Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association created a school bus technicians contest to give mechanics the chance to showcase their talents and compare their skills with counterparts from other districts.

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