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5 Lessons in Recruiting Drivers

A new school bus driver recruiter shares lessons learned in her first year on the job. Safety is the real No. 1 priority, bus drivers have an extraordinary amount of influence on children, and the job is not for everyone, she finds.

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<p>Riley Williams was honored posthumously as <em>SBF</em>&rsquo;s 2015 Contractor of the Year. Carol Williams (middle left), Riley&rsquo;s wife, and Chloe Williams, their daughter, accepted the award on his behalf. At left is outgoing NSTA President Tim Flood. At right is <em>SBF</em> General Manager James Blue. <font size="1">Photo courtesy NSTA</font></p> In the Office or at the Wheel, Contractor of the Year Led by Example
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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.
<p>Kickert&rsquo;s first &ldquo;school bus&rdquo; was a horse-drawn wagon fitted with board seats, as seen here in a parade in May.</p> Kickert School Bus Hits 100-Year Milestone
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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.
<p>Two years ago, Suffolk Transportation completed the FTA&rsquo;s Homeland Security Assessment and made several upgrades, the biggest of which was bringing its entire fleet into its yards each night, ending vehicle park outs.</p> Contractors Turn to Partnerships, Tracking to Bolster Security
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.
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Fleetio Import Feature
Fleetio’s new import feature allows customers to upload unlimited vehicle details, fuel records, service history, employee profiles and more to their accounts with just a few clicks, company officials said.

DriveLogik Monitors Driver Performance
DriveLogik, a hardware package and software reporting service, provides driver performance reports and customized instant alerts via mobile devices to identify major driving events.

Azuga G2 GPS Fleet Tracking System
Azuga G2 reads the vehicle’s engine data every second and delivers emissions idling reports 60 times more often than traditional GPS systems, officials for Azuga said.

RoadRecorder video surveillance line
The RoadRecorder series offers high-definition recording and utilizes both hard disk drive and solid-state recording to create redundant data storage, according to Safety Vision.

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<p>Scott Burrows told NAPT and NASDPTS members about the car accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down and how he worked hard to regain use of his limbs. &ldquo;You can choose to be bitter, or you can choose to be better,&rdquo; he said.</p> PHOTOS: Stimulating speakers, surprises at the Richmond conferences

A headline-grabbing statement on seat belts, a man who overcame great odds by learning to walk... Visit photo gallery

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VIDEO: New York school bus safety event aims to educate

At an event held earlier this year, the New York School Bus Contractors Association and the Suffolk Region PTA walked parents and district officials through bus safety features, hiring and safety training requirements for school bus drivers.

VIDEO: Highlights from School Bus eXchange 2015

At the inaugural School Bus eXchange, school bus operators and suppliers met to discuss solutions to common challenges. Hear what participants had to say about the event, which took place in April in the Dallas area.

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