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Alexandra Robinson Named SBF's Administrator of the Year
December 1, 2000

Combining special-needs expertise with strong management skills and a willingness to serve the industry,  she has helped to advance pupil transportation at the local, state and national levels.

Creating an Effective School Transportation Website
December 1, 2000

We consulted the Web to find some of the most interesting, useful and innovative school transportation Websites. Here's how four school bus operators successfully made the move into the digital age.

NHTSA won't be rushed into upgrading bus safety
December 1, 2000

It appears that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) two-year research program to create “the next generation of occupant protection in school buses” is going to stretch into a three-year program — or beyond.

NAPT 2000 Focuses on Curbing School Bus Violence
December 1, 2000

Meeting in Buffalo, N.Y., delegates learned about predicting and responding to school violence, as well as handling the media, special-needs challenges and transportation funding.

Can Parent-Pay Systems Alleviate Your Budget Woes?
December 1, 2000

As school transportation funding grows increasingly slim, school bus operators nationwide struggle to make ends meet. Here’s how some have turned to parents for added support.

How to trouble-shoot drivers' brake complaints
December 1, 2000

Deciphering the complaints of school bus drivers can require some sleuthing abilities on the part of the garage staff. Braking irregularities are often at the source of their complaints.

Tags: brakes
Guidelines for transporting students with spina bifida
December 1, 2000

Symptoms, treatment and transportation strategies for students with spina bifida.

Grammar police lash out with sharpened tongues
December 1, 2000

In my last editorial I discussed a traffic ticket and a sullen highway patrol officer. I’d like to talk about the police again, but in a different context. This time I want to discuss the grammar police on the Internet.

December 1, 2000

NTSB urges bus design change

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended that school bus design...
A passenger's perspective on the daily school bus ride
December 1, 2000

An important perspective that’s often overlooked in the pupil transportation industry is that of the passengers. Until last June, my morning routine included spending an hour on a Blue Bird. I know very well the attitudes of most of my peers when it comes to school buses, and I’d like to share some of my observations.

News from the World of Pupil Transportation
November 1, 2000

Spartan pulls plug on Carpenter Industries, Drivers contribute motivational strategies, Student takes keys from drunken bus driver

How to select and use child safety restraint systems
November 1, 2000

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a new brochure offering guidelines for choosing and using child safety restraint systems (CSRS) on school buses.

November 1, 2000

Driver debacle at charter school

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Only three of 10 drivers at a charter school had the credentials required to operat...
Let unbiased experts develop national specs, procedures
November 1, 2000

During the past 60 years, school transportation professionals from around the United States have gathered on 13 occasions to develop specifications and recommendations for the industry.

Tags: FMVSS, NHTSA
We're batting .800, but should be doing better
November 1, 2000

As we all know, the safest form of surface transportation in the United States is the yellow school bus. Thus we should be encouraging all eligible students to ride the bus. My question is, have we done enough in this regard? Or have we done anything?

Famous last words: 'I'll see you in court'
November 1, 2000

I’ve had my day in court. Even though I won my case, it wasn’t a pleasant experience. The California Highway Patrol officer who ...

How to Choose a Transportation Consultant
November 1, 2000

In selecting a firm to evaluate your transportation program, a weighted scoring sheet with an array of criteria can help to evaluate bids.

How to Safely Back a School Bus
November 1, 2000

Though no one is recommending backing a school bus, there are certain conditions under which it is unavoidable. We consulted transportation experts to find out exactly when and how it should be done.

High-Tech Monitoring Systems Seek Niche in School Transportation
November 1, 2000

By combining GPS, wireless communications and the Internet, fleet operators can track buses in real time, while gathering reams of potentially useful data.

36 Questions for a Prospective Bus Driver
November 1, 2000

Asking the right questions during a hiring interview can help to identify qualified candidates and improve your driver retention rate.

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