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October 2010 Issue


Proactive Employers Keep Operations Substance-Free

By Kelly Roher

Pupil transportation officials have a zero-tolerance attitude toward on-the-job drug and alcohol use, and staff members undergo testing frequently. Experts say that understanding the effects of these substances and learning how to recognize signs of abuse are integral to maintaining a safe workplace.

What's New in the Top 100?

Recent developments related to six of this year's largest school district fleets in the nation.

Adventures in Pupil Transportation

Bomb threats. A bus stalling on train tracks. Even a spider outbreak? A veteran transportation director discusses the challenges and the excitement of a career in the school bus industry — along with some fascinating anecdotes.

School Bus Seat Belts Catching On

Proponents have developed counterpoints to each of the most common arguments against installing seat belts on school buses, including loss of capacity, problems during evacuations and passengers using seat belts as weapons. Unsurprisingly, cost is the biggest obstruction.

Editorials

Prepare for Portland

Over the past few years, NAPT has been raising the bar on its lineup of lecturers and attracting some big names.

Go online!

It’s great to see bus technicians and transportation managers asking for help with problems and getting solid answers from someone who could be hundreds or thousands of miles away.

NAPT News & Views

Try to interest reporters in the hard news that affects our industry during the school year.

Legal guide to special-needs transportation

A new book by Peggy A. Burns, Esq., and Lisa J. Hudson provides lessons learned from legal disputes.

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