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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...
Danger Zone’ Deaths Dip
November 1, 2001
Nine children were killed by their own school bus or by a passing vehicle during the 2000-01 school year, a decline of 59% from the previous year and ...
No need for paranoia, but security needs closer look
November 1, 2001

The focal point of the school transportation community has always been safety. Everything you do is directed toward moving children safely to and from...

In an emergency, whose language is it anyway?
November 1, 2001

The following is a re-creation of a dialogue that took place in the Forum at The names of the participants have been cha...

Responding to terrorism requires courage and faith
October 1, 2001

As Vince Lombardi once said, “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” This country got knocked down on Sept. 11 during the...

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