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April 1, 2000

Fuel crunch bruises bus budgets

A steep rise in prices for diesel fuel and gasoline has forced school bus operators to consider ways to mini...
The unsung heroes of school transportation
April 1, 2000

We all know that school bus drivers are not paid enough, respected enough, or given enough recognition as professionals. On the brighter side, there have been improvements in the past few years.

Improving Your Parts Inventory Management
March 1, 2000

Computerized systems can improve parts department efficiency and make a mechanic's job easier.

Focus Groups Help in Designing New Bus Model
March 1, 2000

<i>SBF</i> Editor Steve Hirano discusses the new Saf-T-Liner ER with Ed Swaim, product manager of Type D buses at Thomas Built Buses.

Occupant Restraint for Children with Special Needs: Part 1
March 1, 2000

In Part 1 of a three-part series, tips on effective restraint of children who need head/trunk support.

Strategies for Revitalizing Your Driver Training
March 1, 2000

Increase the effectiveness of your driver training through interactive exercises, provocative speakers and team building.

Keeping Tabs on Sex Offenders Makes Busing Safer
March 1, 2000

Consulting the law enforcement list of registered sex offenders can help you avoid dangerous routing oversights.

How to Put the Brakes on Stop-Arm Runners
March 1, 2000

New tactics for reducing 'fly-bys,' including video surveillance, flashing headlights and multiple stop arms.

How we developed a special-needs training course
March 1, 2000

Too often, new school bus drivers and attendants are assigned the task of transporting special-education students without adequate training.

News from Washington is more than the campaign
March 1, 2000

Believe it or not, there are other things happening in the political world, although you wouldn’t know it from the network TV coverage. Surprisingly, some of them could affect the pupil transportation industry. More surprisingly, they could have a positive effect.

You can’t always get what you want
March 1, 2000

At the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT), we decided to invest time, energy and expertise in ensuring that good school bus safety laws are enacted in our state.

This teen’s ‘dream car’ is a retired school bus
March 1, 2000

When people discover my love for Crown school buses, they figure I spent my childhood on the West Coast riding them to school and back.

Always in a hurry, got somewhere to go
March 1, 2000

Too many children have died because motorists have decided that the flashing red lights and extended stop arm of a school bus are merely a suggestion.

Harvard researchers compare diesel fuel and natural gas
March 1, 2000

In a head-to-head comparison of diesel fuel vs. natural gas in heavy trucks, the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis found, as you might expect, advantages and disadvantages for each fuel, depending on the criteria.

Searching for solutions to severe behavior problems
February 1, 2000

As a new bus driver, I quickly learn that students with behavior problems can be very interesting to work with, indeed. A couple of decades later, I am a supervisor, but still heavily involved in serving students with special needs.

Help get the word out on transport wheelchairs
February 1, 2000

Students who use mobility aids such as wheelchairs represent only a small fraction of the approximately 23.5 million children who ride school buses to and from school each day. As such, they could be easily overlooked when it comes to occupant safety.

Should transportation directors have experience as bus drivers?
February 1, 2000

Transportation directors and other pupil transportation experts weigh in.

A short reminder for busy people
February 1, 2000

The world seems to be moving so quickly — with information being spat at us faster than we can assimilate it — that we rarely have time to think about death.

Don’t Let Bullies Rule Your School Bus
February 1, 2000

Bullying can have severe consequences - driver distraction, accidents and even death. Bus drivers need to understand how rules and respect can help them minimize this behavior.

The ‘Next Generation’ of Protection for Wheelchair Passengers
February 1, 2000

With crash-tested securement points, the transport wheelchair will significantly improve passenger safety. Meanwhile, retractable securement systems already are having a positive impact.

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