School Bus Fleet Blog

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A different look at school operations

Author Jim Beekman says that the goal of school district support services, including transportation, is to “ensure barriers do not exist in the education of a child.”

Transportation veteran Jim Beekman says he sees a paradigm shift that is vital: one that identifies cost per program so decisions use a base of data to support objectives, not just the old methodology of “sounds good to me.”

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Are severe stop-arm fines effective?

Setting stop-arm fine amounts that drivers will take seriously is important. But if the penalties become too steep, do they become ineffective? Photo courtesy NHTSA

Setting stop-arm fine amounts that drivers will take seriously is important. But if the penalties become too steep, do they become ineffective? For example, Iowa has seen more violations pleaded down or dismissed since increasing fines.

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Vigilance keeps kids safe, foils burglars

These two burglary suspects in Chillicothe, Ohio, were captured by police thanks to the efforts of a school bus driver and his passengers. Photos courtesy Ross County Sheriff's Office

The “See Something, Say Something” concept advises that everyone has a responsibility to report suspicious activity. School bus driver Shawn Ost and his passengers did just that when a strange van was parked in a driveway at a bus stop.

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Missed NAPT? Read our recaps

Like it or not, NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind stole the show with his statement on school bus seat belts.

More than any other time in recent memory, this year's National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) Summit proved to be the place for the biggest news in the school bus industry.

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Q&A: How does propane stand up to winter weather?

Michael Taylor is the director of autogas business development for the Propane Education & Research Council.

According to PERC's Michael Taylor, propane does not require additional fluids, engine block heaters or preventive measures to be taken even on the coldest days of winter. Propane buses crank reliably, warm up quickly and provide consistent heat throughout the passenger compartment, he says.

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Do they know it’s School Bus Safety Week?

National School Bus Safety Week is a great time to promote the exemplary safety record of the school bus industry — and what students, parents and the motoring public can do to contribute to school bus safety.

If you haven’t spread the word in your community, chances are good that they don’t know about this important week in pupil transportation. It’s a great opportunity to promote the exemplary safety record of the school bus industry.

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