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China Faces Challenges in Bolstering School Bus Safety

A fatal school van crash in China in 2011 confirmed the need for stronger safety measures in transporting students. Industry veterans from the U.S. are sharing their expertise with Chinese counterparts, but the country’s vast population, extreme traffic congestion and other factors present obstacles to implementing an American-style yellow bus system.

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Bright ideas to make sure drivers buckle up
It’s up to each school bus driver to wear his or her seat belt at all times while operating the bus, but we know from seeing occasional reports that there are some drivers who aren’t always buckling up. With that in mind, transportation supervisors have to reinforce the importance of driver seat belt compliance, and they have to monitor that compliance.
<p>Connected vehicle technology, or v2v, enables vehicles to communicate with each other and/or the infrastructure by radio signals or Wi-Fi signals about their speed, location and direction 10 times a second to prevent crashes. Photo by ITS America.</p> Will Ramped-up Vehicle Tech Bring Smarter, Safer School Buses?
With advancements such as Google’s road-testing of self-driving cars, the notion is no longer relegated to episodes of “The Jetsons.” However, practical use is still a long way off, though automated vehicle technology and connected vehicle technology are arriving in increments. School bus manufacturers are keeping pace, as the technology stands to help enhance pupil transportation safety even further.
NAPT News & Views — Seat belts on buses? You decide
NAPT and NSTA were informed that NHTSA’s best advice on the matter is in a single document: the 2011 denial of a petition that the agency mandate seat belts in large school buses.
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Recessed camera
To address the hazard of passenger head impact with cameras that are mounted in school buses and protrude several inches from the ceiling, REI introduced a low-profile, recessed camera that only extends 1 inch from the ceiling and creates a safe passenger zone.

Child-check safety kit
The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association has developed a training tool to remind drivers to check their bus for sleeping children.

Training program for downed power line practices
“Safe Practices for Downed Power Lines,” a new training program, instructs school bus drivers and students on what to do if power lines fall on their bus.

DVR
Seon's Trooper TL-HD is a compact, full-featured DVR offering high-definition recording of four analog and one high-definition camera views at 30 frames per second simultaneously across all five channels, company officials said.

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<p>Rineer is pictured here with Lower Merion School District maintenance staff members. Rineer is holding one of the awards that the district has won for its green fleet initiatives.</p> PHOTOS: Highlights from Jerry Rineer and Lower Merion School District

Pupil transportation veteran Jerry Rineer will retire at the end of December 2014. Here's a... Visit photo gallery

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