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Tragedy Requires Quick Response
February 1, 2002
On Nov. 29, 2001, a 9-year-old girl was killed and several others were critically injured when a snowplow crashed into a school bus during a snowstorm...
Follow FMCSA Safety Guidelines
February 1, 2002
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was created in January 2000 to improve commercial vehicle safety on the highways. With studies...
Effective Ways to Use the Internet
February 1, 2002
How are you using the Internet to improve your program? I use the Internet frequently to get timely information straight from the source. I find the ...
Audio feed an invasion of privacy?
February 1, 2002
School districts and contractors who employ video surveillance in their school buses should be wary of recording audio. In a court case in Berks Coun...
Connecticut Adopts Tough Idling Policy
February 1, 2002
In what could become a common occurrence around the nation, a stringent anti-idling policy has been adopted for school buses in Connecticut. The Depa...
Safety Vests in the Spotlight
February 1, 2002
The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) has issued an information paper to provide guidance on the use ...
Refurbishing Buses Saves Bucks
February 1, 2002

A school district in suburban Dallas has found a way to save money by turning its oldest buses into its newest. Mike Williams, transportation direct...

Employee Rewards
February 1, 2002
Experts say that money is seldom the top employee motivator. Though we all need money to survive, most workers are looking for a sense of accomplishme...
How Military Expertise Can Be Applied to Pupil Transportation
February 1, 2002

A large number of retired U.S. military personnel have found a home in pupil transportation, where many of the lessons of the Army, Navy, Air Force an...

Training Drives Success at Texas School District
February 1, 2002

Northside Independent School District in Greater San Antonio is faced with a population explosion that shows no sign of subsiding. Currently transport...

Driver Training Mandates Loom for Head Start Programs
February 1, 2002

In Head Start’s early years, transportation rarely received the attention or support it deserved. But after years of discussion and debate, Head...

No, 'military intelligence' isn't an oxymoron
February 1, 2002

The controlled chaos of war teaches soldiers the fundamental value of planning, discipline, patience and commitment. These same attributes can be succ...

Maintaining Order on Unruly Middle-School Routes
February 1, 2002

A transportation director once told the story of his first day on the job at a small rural school district. He went to the driver’s lounge and i...

Is Your Charter Operator Prepared?
January 1, 2002
Schools that charter motorcoaches for activity trips should be certain that all of the passengers and any chaperones understand the rules for an emerg...
Minimize fuel usage with these 5 tips
January 1, 2002
Although fuel prices have dipped significantly in the past few months, it’s still wise to review fuel-saving tips with your bus drivers. The following...
Bus Spec’ing Mismatches to Avoid
January 1, 2002

During the spec’ing process, what are the most common mismatches of chassis options and bodies for conventional buses? John Thompson, director of t...

Handling Misconduct off the School Bus
January 1, 2002
To what extent can a school administrator act on student misconduct off the bus? If the misconduct is “connected” to the school, then the administr...
Driver-Mechanic Relations
January 1, 2002

Effective communication between drivers and mechanics is key to keeping buses in top shape and creating a pleasant, efficient work environment. To avo...

Encourage Peer Evaluation
January 1, 2002
Because they work side by side, employees may be in the best position to appraise each other’s performance. It is difficult, however, to expect that t...
Overcoming the Fears of Driver Trainees
January 1, 2002

What is the most difficult hurdle to overcome in behind-the-wheel training of new bus drivers? New drivers who are accustomed to driving small veh...

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