To make sure no child is left behind, school bus operations should have clear procedures for drivers to follow, enforce consequences, and provide frequent reminders and recognition.
Software programs automate reporting, making it easier, faster and less costly, suppliers say. Districts have been able to save days’ worth of staff time and have more, reliable data with which to recoup much-needed funds.
Advances in fire suppression technology can help identify and stop an impending bus fire before flames even come into play. The systems can also provide more time for passenger evacuation during a thermal event.
New Jersey’s Riley Williams demonstrated a passion for safely transporting students and for giving back to the community. He connected with his drivers by driving alongside them.
Transportation departments can adopt new approaches to help reduce traffic around schools and to ensure the safety of students who don’t qualify for yellow bus service.
Making sure drivers commit to preventive behaviors and that they understand how to eliminate risk are key. Discussing near-miss incidents as a group has also proved to be effective.
Measures to cut water use while maintaining a clean fleet include brush systems, nozzle upkeep, and using foams and soap alternatives such as vehicle wash agents, suppliers say.
Throughout its history, the Illinois-based contractor has been at the forefront of using alternative fuels for its vehicles — beginning with a horse and wagon powered by oats and hay.
For operations that run propane or CNG school buses, suppliers can provide customized solutions for efficient and reliable fueling.
At the inaugural SBX event, school transportation officials share ideas on such topics as efficiency, technology and identifying the outputs of a successful operation.
Audio monitoring can help deter and resolve verbal conflicts, bullying accusations and general bad behavior. But privacy concerns must be addressed.
Caley Edgerly takes the helm as the school bus OEM launches another alternative-fuel option and works to increase plant production by 25%.
As her career draws to a close, legal expert Peggy Burns reflects on the essential guidance she has given to pupil transporters over the past 20 years.
Suppliers are providing more immediate and detailed information for parents and transportation managers through apps and video; customizable alerts andvehicle parameters; planning versus actual views; and tablets on board buses.
Partnering with law enforcement, taking advantage of federal security assessments and student tracking are some of the measures contractors are taking to ensure a safer school bus ride.
To make sure you’re getting the best use of the surveillance systems on your buses, consider these eight practices that can help improve student behavior, identify training needs and support your drivers.
Offerings are designed to organize and expedite maintenance work and keep the shop floor clean.
Brake experts give guidance on conducting thorough inspections, servicing the brake systems and teaching school bus drivers what to watch out for.
Managers say setting up a barcoding and scanning system, fleet standardization and daily tracking of pricing have been indispensable practices. Additionally, good housekeeping and strategic organizing expedite jobs.
Choices abound for routing and fleet maintenance software packages that are available on any web-connected device, eliminate the need to spend time importing and exporting data to one central location, and automatically track a variety of information in real time.
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