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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.

New equipment options help improve safety record
August 1, 1998

For these unfortunate situations where there was nothing the driver could or shouldn’t have done to prevent the accident, we must look to other measures.

How to Choose a 'Clean Machine'
August 1, 1998

School bus operators need to consider fleet size, budget limitations and water quality before purchasing a bus-washing system.

How to take advantage of OT/PT staff's expertise
June 1, 1998

More and more transportation officials are realizing how important therapists are in school transportation. The question, then, is how can we begin to bridge the gap between therapists and the transportation department?

Arkansas workshop lifts maintenance standards
June 1, 1998

For the past 47 years, the Arkansas School Bus Mechanics Workshop has offered some of the best training available in school transportation.

Curtailing fly-bys requires media savvy
June 1, 1998

Our editors are getting reports throughout the country that traffic laws are being so routinely violated that they are undermining school bus safety. ...

We need to create a new generation of drivers
June 1, 1998

Drivers in the past did as was expected, and did it with much less training and education than we enjoy today. Through the years, however, the school bus driving "job" has turned into the school bus driving "profession."

Let Uncle Sam lend a helping hand
June 1, 1998

By far, the most pressing issue for school bus contractors these days is the driver shortage.

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