Safety

More support needed for school bus campaign

Posted on March 19, 2010
The effort to create a federally-funded program to promote school bus use needs nearly 40 more representatives to sign on. A letter outlining the plan will be sent to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood next Friday.
The effort to create a federally-funded program to promote school bus use needs nearly 40 more representatives to sign on. A letter outlining the plan will be sent to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood next Friday.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The effort to create a federally-funded program promoting school bus use needs nearly 40 more representatives to sign on before the plan is sent to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Pupil transportation industry groups, partnered as the American School Bus Council (ASBC), are urging their members to contact their congressmen and congresswomen and ask them to support the campaign. It would establish a two-year public education program to promote greater use of school buses.

A letter to LaHood has been drafted that outlines the safety, environmental and financial benefits of utilizing school buses, and asks him to dedicate agency funding for the campaign.

Congressmen Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) and Howard Coble (R-N.C.) sent a message to their colleagues in the House of Representatives in February asking them to sign the letter to LaHood.

The letter is scheduled to be sent to LaHood next Friday, March 26.

“If we want him to pay attention, we need at least 50 representatives’ signatures on that letter,” Danielle Abe, director of marketing and operations for the National School Transportation Association (NSTA), told members. She said that as of Thursday, only 12 congressmen had signed on.

You can find out the name of your congressperson by entering your ZIP code at www.house.gov. ASBC is asking members of the school bus community to e-mail their representatives’ transportation aide and then follow up with a phone call to the aide.

A list of representatives’ aides and contact info, as a well as a sample letter, are available on the NSTA Website.

 

Related Topics: Arizona, NSTA, public image

Comments ( 2 )
  • Bill Carr

     | about 7 years ago

    I certainly do not support the use of yellow school buses for other than transporting children to and from schools and field trips. Motorist are accustomed to yellow school buses stopping to load or unload children. They are protected by the invididual State School Bus Stop Laws and these vehicles are painted National School Bus Yellow, indicating CAUTION. They are equipped with amber and red traffic warning lights, stop arm signs, and a front crossing gate - all for the the purpose of protecting the children. Nevertheless, there are motorist who illegally fail to stop for them. The problem would be compounded by the CONFUSION it would create with the motoring public who witness school buses making stops and not utilizing the school bus traffic signals. I do not think it is worth the cost to use school buses for anything other than their purpose (for approximately over 80 years.) They are a specially designed vehicle for a very special purpose - the transportation of our children - the future of America. If motorists, as time goes by, observe many school buses stopped to load or unload adults, therefore not using the school bus traffic warning lights and stop signs, I am concerned they may not stop when they are required to by law; i.e. when all traffic warning lights and stop arms are activated. Motorist look for these lights and stop arm signs to signal that the school bus is stopping or stopped to load or unload children. After awhile I truly believe motorist will pass more often when they are required to stop and claim they are confused. Granted you would think the traffic warning lights and stop signs would be a clear message to them that they are required to stop. But if they often see them stopped to load or unload adults without using those traffic signals, they may not stop. This could cause confusion to the motoring public, something we certainly do not need. Possibly, I am not thoroughly understanding the intent. I may be jumping to conclusions th

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