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GPS Brings School Buses into Range
December 1, 1998

Global positioning system (GPS) technology is becoming widely used, but will it satisfy the requirements of school bus operators?

Tags: GPS, routing
Dramatic Moments Highlight 1998 NAPT Show
December 1, 1998

NTSB Chairman Jim Hall challenges the industry to 'commit' to lap-shoulder belts, while CNN's Jim Polk challenges the NAPT.

Tips on proper spec'ing of special-needs buses
December 1, 1998

One of the many challenges of transporting students with disabilities is properly spec'ing the school bus, which must be equipped to meet the varying demands of disabled children.

Auxiliary heating system requires seasonal tuneup
December 1, 1998

Before the start of the heating season, auxiliary coolant heaters should be inspected for proper functioning and possible tuneup according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Will the 'Millennium Bug' bite school bus operators?
December 1, 1998

With all the publicity about the year 2000 (Y2K) computer problem, the school transportation industry has been strangely silent on this issue.

Lack of commitment fuels the 'loser cruiser'
December 1, 1998

"Loser cruiser." This is the term a junior high school student used to describe the school bus she rode every day. It got me thinking about our industry's lack of commitment to improving the image of the yellow school bus to the people who really matter — students.

This motivational speech left me wanting more
December 1, 1998

I've never been much of a rah-rah guy. Sure, I occasionally enjoy listening to inspirational stories about people who've overcome incredible odds, but...

Kentuckian Named SBF's Administrator of the Year
December 1, 1998

Recognized for his excellence at the local and state levels, Bobby Gaffney of Woodford County received this year's award.

'Smart System' Alerts School Buses of Approaching Trains
December 1, 1998

Pilot testing at a Minnesota school district shows electronic system holds promise in preventing highway-rail accidents.

Playing with Fire?
December 1, 1998

Although NHTSA is reluctant to require its use, flame-retardant seating material is making inroads in the school bus industry.

Manage an Activity-Trip Crisis Before it Occurs
October 1, 1998

Improve your communication links, driver-chaperone training and post-accident preparation to maximize transportation safety.

Roadeo champions reveal secrets of their success
October 1, 1998

Practice, persistence and preparation are the keys to winning a school bus driving competition

Tags: roadeo
How to Navigate Your Fleet Through Disasters
October 1, 1998

Coordinated plans — rehearsed in tabletop and actual simulations — ensure that school bus operators can handle nature's nastiest surprises.

Test your knowledge with these 10 questions
October 1, 1998

The questions are drawn from the competency examination included in the "Train the Trainers Text - Transporting Individuals With Disabilities," written by Dr. Robert J. Cross and published by the National School Transportation Academy.

The finishing touches to a perfect bus garage
October 1, 1998

In the September 1998 issue, we discussed the structure, floor and lighting of a perfect school bus garage. In this second and final part, we take care of the rest of the facility.

Turmoil at Carpenter burdens entire industry
October 1, 1998

At press time, Carpenter’s survival was in doubt, hinging on a bailout plan that seemed more grounded in wishful thinking than reality.

A tough question: Your money or your life?
October 1, 1998

The long hours and deepening stress levels, caused by inadequate staffing, driver shortages, passenger misbehavior and parent complaints, can only lead to a systematic burnout of transportation managers.

How I Added Punch to My ‘Buster’ Presentation
September 1, 1998

To hold short attention spans, Faye Stevens trimmed the show length, added an original song and used a Buster-sized two-way street to directly involve the children.

The Secret of Letting Go
September 1, 1998

Consistency, documentation and progressive discipline are the keys to 'successful' termination of drivers and others.

Limit Your Liability — Before Accidents Happen
September 1, 1998

Reducing your liability exposure requires constant attention to driver training, awareness of a fleet's weaknesses and a commitment to 'best practices.

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