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2002 in Review: The Top 10 News Stories
December 1, 2002

As we near the end of 2002, SBF recaps 10 major news events (in no particular order) that affected the pupil transportation industry this year. Multip...

NASDPTS: State Directors Grapple With Tough National Issues
December 1, 2002

High-profile issues such as school bus occupant protection, school travel research and diesel emissions programs were hot topics at the 2002 conferenc...

Occupant Safety Debate Heats Up at 2002 NAPT Show
December 1, 2002

Although the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s (NAPT) 28th Annual Conference and Trade Show convened once again with a focus on several ...

Intermediate School Bus Safety
November 1, 2002
At the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s annual conference in Greensboro, N.C., Michael Dallessandro, transportation supervisor at Lake ...
Antilock Brake System Safety Quiz
November 1, 2002
Questions for school bus drivers on safe use of antilock braking systems (ABS). The first five are true/false. 1) ABS allow drivers to steer a vehi...
Fatigued drivers are unsafe at any speed
November 1, 2002

Concerns are rising about how to reduce the dangers of sleepy drivers. People who suffer from sleep apnea, a condition in which the sufferer wakes up ...

Avoid Vehicle Fires Caused by Static
November 1, 2002
Fall and winter bring cool, dry air to most parts of the country and with them, ideal conditions for the buildup of static electricity. Unfortunately,...
Tips for Safe Wheelchair Lift Use
November 1, 2002
1. A level loading area must be determined before the lift is lowered. Curbs and other obstacles must be avoided. 2. Parking brake must be set....
Don't let predators be the only ones watching our kids
November 1, 2002

For the late Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis, the location of the school bus stop on Beavercreek Road in Oregon City, Ore., horrifically demonstrates w...

Falling soda cans and other dangerous distractions
November 1, 2002

Let's not kid ourselves. Every now and then we do incredibly stupid things behind the wheel of our personal vehicles. On more than one occasion, I've ...

In a teen's cool world, buses are a last resort
November 1, 2002

A recent article in the New York Times affirmed what we have known for years: Many teenagers won't ride a school bus because it's "uncool." Those teen...

Q&A: Funding, Lap/Shoulder Belts Challenge the Industry
November 1, 2002

The issues of occupant protection on school buses and school transportation funding have been brought into focus recently by reports issued by the Nat...

News from the World of Pupil Transportation
October 1, 2002

Colorado mother launches bumper sticker campaign

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — With thousands of students at Mesa County Valley Sc...

Late-breaking news from the pupil transportation industry
October 1, 2002

NASDPTS endorses lap/shoulder belts

McLEAN, Va. — The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Servic...

Striking a balance between caution and imprudence
October 1, 2002

Beginning Jan. 1, motorcoach drivers who transport K-12 students in Illinois on school-sponsored trips will be required to have a school bus permit, m...

News from the World of Pupil Transportation
September 1, 2002

Fairfax County reflects on 9/11

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. — Most Virginia transportation operations were not directly affected by the events...

How to avoid the parent trap
September 1, 2002

As long as there are children to transport to and from school, there will be parents of those children to keep satisfied. Can't have one without the o...

Gearing Up For Winter — A Roundup of Aftermarket Equipment
September 1, 2002

Every fall, school bus operators concern themselves with securing necessary equipment to "winterize" their buses. What equipment they specify depends ...

Best Practices in Reflective Materials
September 1, 2002

In the ongoing quest to make school buses safer, the past 10 years have brought a focus on making buses more visible at night, in early morning hours,...

Campaign Essentials: Spreading the Word About Stop-Arm Running
September 1, 2002

Stop-arm runners plague school bus drivers nationwide. One driver from Ohio explains it this way: "It seems to be the same story every day. At least o...

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