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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.

Choosing New Bus Lift Requires Proper Grounding
June 1, 1998

Before installing an in-ground or surface lift, bus operators need to know the pros and cons of each type.

SBF Roundtable: Contractors dissent on safety measures, impact of tight school budgets
June 1, 1998

Other hot topics include effects of consolidation, the driver shortage and fears of industry domination by mega-contractors.

Unsafe Passage: How to Curtail Illegal Pass-Bys
June 1, 1998

Thousands of motorists illegally pass school buses every day.

Using Computer Technology to Optimize Your Program
April 1, 1998

For routing and scheduling, maintenance tasks and information gathering, computers can save time and money.

Tags: software
A Look Back at the Carrollton, Ky., Tragedy
April 1, 1998

Ten years ago, a horrifying school bus accident killed 27 youngsters. Since then, emergency exit standards have been upgraded, and a push is being made to reduce the number of pre-1977 buses on the road.

Tags: NHTSA, NTSB
N.Y. Inspection System Creates Operator Profiles
April 1, 1998

BUSNET has improved safety and reduced a torrent of paper to a manageable information stream.

Meeting the Challenge of Hazardous Waste Management
April 1, 1998

First of a two-part series: Identification of hazardous waste if the first step to proper handling, storage and disposal.

Competition Fierce for Aftermarket Parts Sales
April 1, 1998

School bus operators are in a strong position to reap savings as manufacturers and other parts suppliers vie for lucrative aftermarket sales.

Drivers who build bridges make the journey easier
April 1, 1998

Relationship-savvy drivers perceive the needs that underlie problem behavior, understand those needs aren't going away and find constructive ways to fulfill them.

Improper tire inspections cause early trip to scrap pile
April 1, 1998

One of the most important parts of the pre-trip inspection of any school bus is the examination of the tires. Too many drivers merely thump the tires,...

Take time to fine-tune your parts operation — now
April 1, 1998

For a variety of reasons I'll get to in a moment, the school bus industry will likely need to hang onto existing buses a bit longer and order more spa...

Bringing higher standards to a Head Start operation
April 1, 1998

Making the transition from a public school transportation system to a Head Start operation offered some exciting challenges in the area of behind-the-...

Stop, Look and Listen — Drivers fail to heed the rules
April 1, 1998

Dec. 14, 1961. Twenty children are killed and 17 more injured, some critically, when a train slams into a school bus in Greeley, Colo. The impa...

NHTSA rolls up sleeves to write pre-k guidelines
March 1, 1998

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently notified the industry that it intends to develop guidelines for transporting pre-k...

Buses, Bells and Budgets
March 1, 1998

As school districts wrestle with budget issues, transportation managers try to eke out every possible efficiency in their operations. For many years, ...

The Sweet Hereafter: What's the message for us?
March 1, 1998

The plot of The Sweet Hereafter isn't much of a dramatic surprise. By the time we watch the school bus winding through the hills, plucking chil...

Media scrutiny can be a positive experience
March 1, 1998

You are not Bill Clinton; neither am I. This is not a harsh reality, but rather a pleasant circumstance, all things considered. But, like the Presi...

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