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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...

Early Buzz on High-Tech Engines Is Positive
March 1, 1998

The shape of things to come has already arrived. It's a box, more or less, and it contains enough computer wizardry to monitor a wide range of engine ...

Best Practices for the Use of Child Restraint Systems
March 1, 1998

The growing population of infants, toddlers and preschoolers on school buses presents a wide range of challenges to the transportation provider. Many ...

School Buses Give Communities a Lift
March 1, 1998

The ideal: A half-empty school bus pulls up. Waiting with a dozen schoolchildren are three women headed to their GED class, a first step toward gettin...

Preventing Tragedy at the Bus Stop
March 1, 1998

Connie Chavis assumed her 5-year-old daughter, Brittany, would be safe at her school bus stop. After all, through the window of her mobile home, lo...

Extensive policy needed to handle DNR orders
March 1, 1998

Many parents with severely impaired children have acquired written orders that restrict others from trying to resuscitate their children if they shoul...

Protect your technicians from toxic exhaust fumes
March 1, 1998

Carbon monoxide and diesel smoke are considered to be hazardous materials by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Carbon monoxide...

News from around the industry
February 1, 1998

24% decline reported in loading/unloading fatalities

Nineteen schoolchildren were killed in loading and unloading accidents during the 1996-...

Is safety compromised by the driver shortage?
February 1, 1998

The mounting shortage of school bus drivers is like a distant siren gaining in volume and arousal, signaling the imminent arrival of an emergency. Ste...

Mission: Search and Employ
February 1, 1998

Let me share something with you," says William Bast, transportation administrator for the DeKalb (Ga.) County Schools, describing one of his newest dr...

How to Organize a Special-Needs Roadeo
February 1, 1998

We think we've hit upon a great way to improve special-needs training and have a little fun in the process. Modeled after traditional school bus roade...

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