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Cover Story - November 2011 2011

Who’s behind the wheel?: optimizing driver background checks

By: Kelly Roher

Officials say it is important to conduct both federal and state checks, as well as monitor applicants’ driving records. Pupil transporters discuss their operations’ hiring policies and procedures, which include contacting previous employers, and also share suggestions on ways the industry could protect itself against undesirable candidates who move from state to state.

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Ricon suggests that its lifts be loaded with the wheelchair facing out of the bus, so the battery of the chair is at the back of the lift.

Focused on occupant safety

Ricon Corp.’s K and S Series wheelchair lifts feature an interlocked restraint belt, as well as barriers to prevent excessive rolling on the platform. The company offers training for operators and technicians.

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4 tips for defusing difficult people

Pupil transportation leaders often have to meet with angry people. Staying calm, being respectful, and listening carefully and actively can go a long way toward resolving conflicts.

NASDPTS President Mike Simmons says the most surprising finding of a national survey was the number of illegal passes on the right side of the bus.

Q&A: NASDPTS' Mike Simmons strives for team efforts

Kicking off his second year as NASDPTS president, Mike Simmons focuses on promoting pupil transportation with other associations and the feds. He also aims to get more states involved in a national stop-arm running survey.

Justin Wilczynski became fascinated by school buses when he first rode one at age 4. He is pictured here (standing) with staff from his transportation department.

Young guns in the yellow bus industry

In this new feature, we turn the spotlight on the younger side of school transportation. Find out how these movers and shakers got involved in the industry, how they contribute to its success and what they see in its future.

The Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati will host this year's NASDPTS and NAPT conferences. Photo by J. Miles Wolf.

Annual association conferences: off to Ohio

This year’s NASDPTS and NAPT conferences will be held in Cincinnati, covering such topics as student behavior challenges, stop-arm violations and maintaining a transportation program under serious budget restraints. The NAPT trade show will feature more than 100 exhibits from industry suppliers.


Eye-Max LP Cross View Mirror System

The Eye-Max LP Cross View Mirror System greatly improves upon the performance of the Rosco HawkEye and Mini-HawkEye cross-view mirrors, according to the company.

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