As a driver and as an instructor, Jill Winger found effective ways to connect with passengers and address difficult behavior. She retires on Friday.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Deficiencies in the oversight of school bus driver qualifications prompted a call from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for immediate improvements in the form of three safety recommendations issued on Tuesday.
The NTSB issued an urgent safety recommendation to Baltimore City Public Schools, requesting that the Maryland State Department of Education have an independent and neutral third party conduct a performance audit of the school district's transportation department. The recommendation was accompanied by a second safety recommendation seeking corrective action to improve internal controls to ensure that all school bus drivers meet qualification standards and do not pose any safety risks.
The third recommendation, issued to the Maryland State Department of Education, seeks modification of the Code of Maryland Regulations to require that notice be made to the department of all drivers found not qualified during pre-employment screening and to clarify certain terms used in the code.
The recommendations are part of the NTSB’s ongoing investigation into the Nov. 1, 2016, collision between a school bus and a transit bus in Baltimore.
The school bus driver, Glenn Chappell, hit a car and a pillar, entered oncoming traffic, and hit the driver’s side of a Maryland Transit Administration bus, killing Chappell and five of the transit bus passengers. (No students were aboard the school bus at the time.)
Chappell was not authorized to drive a school bus at the time of the crash, according to The Baltimore Sun. The NTSB's preliminary report, released in December, found that Chappell had a history of seizures, diabetes, and hypertension.
The full safety recommendation report, including information on the accident sequence, is available here.
Trey Halfhill of Kentucky helps a school bus driver after a crash that turned the bus on its side. He enters the bus and keeps the driver calm.
The van is shown on video apparently passing the bus illegally just before two elementary school students cross in front of it in the Pennsylvania incident.
The school bus driver and one student were the only occupants. Authorities say it appears that the driver had backed into a ditch when the fire broke out.
James Brue, a county attorney, has put two people in jail for a weekend and fined them $285 since the beginning of the school year, noting that education efforts don’t seem to be effective.
The state directors’ organization releases recommendations on using school buses instead of full-size vans and maintaining safety compliance of school bus components.
Authorities say that the weapon was unloaded, and the 7-year-old who brought it on the bus apparently had no malicious intent.
A 12-year-old in Florida steps off her bus and is hit by a motorist who flees the scene but is later arrested.
The Michigan school bus, which had raised suspicion when it tried to pick up students in October, was driven without valid proof of insurance or registration, and had several mechanical issues.
A 5-year-old girl dies and more than 20 students are injured when their bus runs off the road and hits a tree, authorities say.
Hyung Lee of Virginia is charged with assaulting a 12-year-old boy with autism on his bus in two separate incidents in October.
The New York School Bus Contractors Association calls for school buses to be included in a proposed bus lane for the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.
Winning entries come from students in British Columbia, Alberta, Oregon, and Tennessee, for the coloring contest as well as for the new poster contest.
The former NYAPT president and district director will manage the 19-A program and personnel for the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute.
Washoe County School District shows how it assesses road conditions and transportation safety when snow and ice arrive.