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<p>HISD drivers and attendants had to locate simulated children on board and then safely evacuate by crawling down the aisle of the bus.</p> PHOTOS: Texas district’s hands-on school bus training event

More than 1,100 bus drivers and attendants at Houston Independent School District took part in a...

<p>The Santa Monica Unified School District transportation staff receives a driver safety award circa 1951.</p> PHOTOS: A look back at a California district

Here are some vintage photos of Santa Monica Unified School District's (now Santa Monica-Malibu...

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How do you deal with driver shortage?

One of the challenges in pupil transportation that tends to ebb and flow is shortages of school bus drivers. Our latest survey suggests that the problem has worsened in the past year. Now we want to delve into the solutions that are helping to address driver shortage.

Fuel tax exemption must be protected

While the school bus fuel tax exemption has been preserved for well over three decades, the dire situation of the Highway Trust Fund could pose a threat. Fuel tax revenue for the fund has declined in recent years as cars have become more fuel-efficient and the number of miles driven has decreased.


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Zep 45 DualForce, a long-lasting, dual-action penetrant and lubricant, features the newest anti-wear and rust-prevention technology, offering excellent corrosion resistance, company officials said. It is ideal for applications such as loosening rusty and seized bolts and screws, sticky pivot points, minimizing friction, moisture/rust protection for door hinges and roll-up doors, according to the supplier.

Vehicle lift

The ST 1065 mobile column lift is engineered for safely raising industrial, off-road vehicles with large wheel diameters. According to Stertil-Koni, the ST 1065, with a maximum lifting capacity of 14,500 lbs. per column, is equipped with extra wide forks that are 20 inches long and 30 inches wide. The lift is able to accommodate vehicles with wheel diameters up to 71 inches. In addition, for vehicles with wheel diameters between 31.5 and 51 inches, reducer plates are available. The ST 1065 reaches a maximum lifting height of 73 inches in 89 seconds and is equipped with a state-of-the art electronic control system that automatically speeds up and slows down for greater accuracy and safety, company officials said.

Stop-arm package

REI’s comprehensive stop-arm package deters and monitors stop-arm violators, company officials said. It is motion activated, with no driver involvement needed. Features include automated four-lane stop-arm violation detection; capturing of front and back license plates in both directions; wireless cellular or Wi-Fi communication for automated reporting; and day/night high-resolution cameras.

Air conditioning units

Espar Climate Control Systems is now manufacturing legacy Carrier AC 310 and AC 350 roof-mounted bus air-conditioning systems in North America. Company officials said the systems are very popular in the school bus and shuttle coach markets. The AC 350 and the AC 310 are currently distributed though industry partners American Cooling Technology/ProAir and TransArctic. The partnerships provide sales, installation and service support.

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