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Tips on Spec'ing a Bus for Pre-School Age Children
February 1, 2002

The task of spec’ing a school bus that will be used to transport pre-school age children can be tricky. To take some of the guesswork out of the...

Seeking perfection is the goal of both types of buses
February 1, 2002

Which is safer, motorcoach or school bus? This question deserves either no response, or it deserves a complex answer. Both are possible and valid r...

Getting the facts straight can be a tough assignment
February 1, 2002

Ever notice how the mainstream media has a hard time accurately reporting about school transportation issues? I read dozens of articles each week, mai...

Pushing for Safer School Buses
January 1, 2002
In light of two recent school bus tragedies, State Senator Mike Foley of Lincoln, Neb., is working tirelessly to ensure that the state’s school buses ...
Duval County, Safe-T-Gard and NSTA
January 1, 2002
Dozens of school bus drivers for the Duval County (Fla.) School District may lose their jobs this month as a result of a new CDL point system that cra...
What Went Wrong in Fatal Crash
January 1, 2002
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the school bus driver’s failure to follow standard rail crossing safety procedures was...
Why Are Riders ‘Wired’ in the Morning?
January 1, 2002

Some children on my bus seem “wired” in the morning. What can be causing this? It’s not uncommon for children, especially older ones, to ingest consi...

NTSB Clarifies Stance on Motorcoaches
January 1, 2002

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has clarified its position on the use of motorcoaches for student travel. In a Dec. 20, 2001, letter t...

How Prepared is Your District?
December 1, 2001
Ask yourself these questions with regard to your school district’s emergency preparation plan. If the answer to any of these is “no,” there may be som...
Questions Apply Safety
December 1, 2001
The following school bus safety questions were taken from training manuals produced by the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute (PTSI). Test your own...
How to Maximize Fleet Security
December 1, 2001
Although the chances of a terrorist attack on a school bus are minimal, being prepared is what counter-terrorism is all about. The following suggestio...
Video Camera Advances Improve Bus Safety, Inside and Out
December 1, 2001

Video surveillance equipment has become commonplace for school districts and contractors in their fight to catch thieves, vandals and misbehaving stud...

A young girl alone in the dark, in the cold
December 1, 2001

Last month, the National Association for Pupil Transportation was holding its 27th annual conference and trade show in Nashville, and I flew in from L...

Fatal snowplow-school bus crash in Utah
November 30, 2001
DELTA, Utah -- A 9-year-old girl was killed and two other schoolchildren were critically injured Thursday afternoon when a snowplow crashed into a sc...
Crash Avoidance Program a ‘Hit’
November 1, 2001
Recently chosen as SCHOOL BUS FLEET’s Administrator of the Year for 2001, Randy McLerran, transportation director for the Oklahoma Department of Educa...
Evacuation of Pre-School Kids
November 1, 2001
1. Have a written evacuation plan, including how to evacuate pre-school age children and other passengers in child safety restraint systems (CSRS). Th...
Driver Education for Youngsters
November 1, 2001
A survey on back-to-school traffic safety conducted by Progressive Insurance at its Website revealed that 44 percent of motorists surveyed don’t know ...
Preventing Stepwell Slips and Falls
November 1, 2001
I’m wondering if there’s a way to reduce the number of falls experienced by students exiting school buses. The rubber floor matting that is used has t...
AmTran, Collins Recalls Announced
November 1, 2001
The following information was published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: American Transportation The 39-inch flip seats in ap...
November 1, 2001
Videos “Preventing Problem Behaviors on Your School Bus” and “Trouble on Board: Managing Crisis Situations on Your School Bus” From the Crisis Preve...

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