An event at the Governor’s Residence highlights school bus safety issues and recognizes winners of the state’s poster contest and safety competition.
Westfield, Ind. — Last Friday, IMMI announced the completion of an order to supply seating for the 630 buses serving Buffalo (N.Y.) Public Schools as part of a new transportation contract.
With this order, the district has equipped its entire fleet with SafeGuard Integrated Child Seats (ICS) and 20 percent of its fleet with the SafeGuard FlexSeat. Through a phase-in schedule, by the 2014 school year, all buses will be equipped with the SafeGuard FlexSeat, offering lap-shoulder belt protection to all passengers.
Former Assistant Superintendent John Fahey managed the bid process that led to equipping the fleet with belted seating. The decision to include lap-shoulder belts on the Buffalo fleet started with Fahey's personal experiences investigating an average of 80 school bus accidents each year.
"I have witnessed firsthand how compartmentalization works, but during the course of my investigations, I saw way too many accidents where the kids were jostled around the compartment and I wish they had been restrained," Fahey said. "There's a longstanding dichotomy about seat belts in this industry. Seat belts are everywhere else. That never sat well with me."
In relation to specifying ICS for the transportation of preschool children, Fahey said the district had used child seats in the past. "We transport more than 500 3-year-olds in child seats each year, and we were forced to use a standard car seat, fishing the lap belt of the bus through the back of the seats to secure them," he explained. "We found child seats to be awkward and difficult to use, and we were never able to be fully confident they were always installed properly. Integrated Child Seats will be a huge improvement."
The new seating technology was specified as part of a recent transportation bid. The district's incumbent contractor was the successful bidder, retaining its longstanding partnership with the district.
Fahey is retired from Buffalo Public Schools and now works for the Tyler Technologies school division as a Versatrans consultant. Director of Transportation Al Diamico will handle the implementation phase of the project when school begins on Sept. 8. IMMI provided training on the proper use of the ICS and FlexSeat for the school system's transportation department and the contractor.
The initial rollout will showcase companies in such areas as attendance, camera technology, GPS, fleet maintenance, and parent portal.
The New York School Bus Contractors Association holds a variety of school bus safety events throughout the state and renews its call for stiffer penalties for drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses.
NAPT and SBF are researching issues related to school bus driver shortage. Transportation directors and hiring managers are asked to complete a survey on the subject. The deadline is Monday.
Tod Eskra takes the reins of the school bus fleet management services firm, which is a member of the TransPar Group of Companies.
This powerful PSA tells the heartbreaking story of 12-year-old Adam Kempf, who was fatally struck by a van while crossing the street to board his school bus in 2012.
During School Bus Safety Week, state troopers are riding on or following school buses to catch motorists who illegally pass them.
A 15-year-old in Pennsylvania said he was hit with a metal rod while waiting for his bus. Authorities say his fabricated story brought in more than $4,000 in donations on GoFundMe.
The new edition of National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures incorporates updates that were adopted at the 2015 industry congress.
Appreciation efforts for Cobb County’s more than 1,000 drivers include a poetry contest, thank-you cards, and breakfasts and lunches.
Emporia (Kan.) Public Schools’ video for National School Bus Safety Week informs the public about safety procedures, including pre-trip inspections, warning lights and stop arms, and student loading and unloading.
Durham School Services has created “Rollin’ With Safety,” which gives students and parents school bus safety tips.
Jefferson County (Ky.) Public Schools cancels some school bus routes three days in a row. The bus drivers’ union says that the district is 50 to 70 drivers short.
Among other PACCAR Parts and Peterbilt Motors Co. awards presented in Orlando, Florida, The Peterbilt Store receives the TRP Bus Segment Dealer of the Year Award.
School districts in Georgia and other states have adopted the "Safe, Orderly, and Respectful" concept for teaching students about school bus safety.