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July 2012 Issue


NHTSA's David Strickland: school bus defender

By Thomas McMahon

On David Strickland’s watch, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has publicly supported the safety record of the yellow bus and has launched a campaign to promote ridership. In an exclusive interview with SBF, the administrator discusses these topics and reaffirms the agency’s decision to not mandate seat belts on large school buses.

Zonar brings cost savings, efficiency boost to districts

Operations in Colorado and Ohio are using the company’s student tracking, school bus inspection and GPS solutions, and officials report these benefits in such areas as routing and bus maintenance. Two are also using the student tracking system for bus fee programs, and they are generating $300,000 and $1.2 million as a result.

New execs bring ‘fresh eyes’ to IC Bus

Over the past year, the school bus manufacturer has assembled a leadership team that is instilling new ideas into the business — from manufacturing improvements to sales and marketing strategies.

How a fair can assist and energize your staff

In a time when many pupil transportation employees have to do more with less, a resource and appreciation fair may be the medicine they need. Here’s a step-by-step guide to launching this valuable event — which can cost you virtually nothing.

Editorials

Good terms with the government

This is not just about what we at SBF did. It’s part of what I see as growing ties between the pupil transportation community and key federal agencies.

The dangers of drowsy driving

On Sept. 5, 2008, 8-year-old Ronshay Dugans was killed after a cement truck swerved into the bus she was riding. The truck driver was drowsy when he got behind the wheel.

Take a stand against school bus funding cuts

The school bus industry is repeatedly asked by policymakers to do more with less. It's time to take a stand.

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