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Tracking and Analyzing Road Breakdowns
April 1, 2001

Tracking road breakdowns is key to fine-tuning an operation’s preventive maintenance program. How often your buses need to be brought in for routine m...

News from the World of Pupil Transportation
March 1, 2001

Diesel exhaust study assailed by industry

LOS ANGELES — A highly publicized study that suggests that children riding in school buses are exp...

Helpful hints on improving your school bus tire program
March 1, 2001

Helpful hints on improving your school bus tire program.

5 Steps to Improve Your Dispatch Operation
March 1, 2001

School bus operators recommend hiring dispatchers from within the department, establishing support networks and investing in the latest technology.

Two-Way Communication Creates Partnerships Between Management, Unions
March 1, 2001

Open, honest communication, mutual respect and clear expectations are the keys to the common goal of management and unions — a safe and efficient transportation program.

Scrutinizing the Safety Risks of Older Bus Drivers
March 1, 2001

Supervisors need to monitor aging drivers for diminishing visual and cognitive skills. Specialized training and more frequent assessment tests might also be in order.

Aleana's death sparks call for improved safety
March 1, 2001

In the wake of the death of 5-year-old Aleana Johnson, who was struck and killed by her own school bus on Jan. 9, a community group called Friends ...

Breaking news in pupil transportation
March 1, 2001

Fatal crash spurs underride query

SPRINGBROOK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Officials at the North Pocono School District are considering installing...

SBF Showcase: Giant Contractor Fleets
March 1, 2001

This special section spotlights successful and innovative school bus programs. This showcase profiles four of the largest school bus contractors in North America.

Program coordinator brings nurses, transporters together
March 1, 2001

Janice Gentz, staff and program coordinator at the Center for Handicapped Children Inc. in Chautaugua, N.Y., recently spoke about special-needs transp...

Diesel exhaust ‘study’ emits a barnyard odor
March 1, 2001

Those of you who know me are aware that I have a low tolerance for the manure of a certain farm animal. That’s why I’m so aggravated by a study that a...

'Graying' bus drivers raise safety concerns
March 1, 2001

If we’re lucky, we’ll all live long enough to rail about the indignities of old age. Failing eyesight and hearing, brittle bones, forgetfu...

News from the World of Pupil Transportation
February 1, 2001

Road rage precipitates death of school bus driver

BOSTON — The Nov. 30 death of a veteran school bus driver in an apparent road rage i...

The ABCs of Air Brakes for School Bus Drivers
February 1, 2001

Earning an air-brake endorsement doesn’t mean that a driver fully understands the air-brake system. Here’s a primer that will help to fill in the gaps.

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Using Sight, Sound and Touch to Communicate with Special-Needs Students
February 1, 2001

As a school bus driver and transportation director, “Never put them on unless you know how to get them off!” became my repeated catchphras...

Home-based training offers several benefits
February 1, 2001

Over the years, school bus manufacturers and vendors have developed classes that help technicians understand the latest body, chassis and engine enhancements. But the challenge lies in getting these busy technicians to a facility for training. From this obstacle arose the solution of home-based training, a less expensive and more convenient option.

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February 1, 2001

Heroic driver just glad to be alive

BETHEL, Wash. — School bus driver Cheryl Mooring is being called a hero for her actions during a J...
Safety, efficiency and - don't forget - customer service
February 1, 2001

As consumers, we look for customer service when we purchase a product. In fact, we’ve grown to expect it. If we have a problem with a purchase, ...

Laidlaw Exec Says School Bus Division Is Healthy, Despite Parent's Distress
February 1, 2001

SBF Editor Steve Hirano interviewed Robert Hach, president of Laidlaw Education Services, based in Naperville, Ill.

What You Need to Know About Latex Allergies
February 1, 2001

As an increasing number of students are being diagnosed with latex allergies, school bus operators must learn to minimize triggers, while at the same time gearing up for potential reactions.

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