Let’s hope that NTSB will eventually be able to shed light on what caused the Iowa school bus fire and what kept the driver and student from escaping. The latter question is extremely troubling.
News that drew the most traffic on the School Bus Fleet website this year covered a cash incentive based on attendance, Collins’ new low-floor bus, and student fatalities in the danger zone.
Here are the five most-viewed news items of the year, with links to the full stories.
1. District Cuts School Bus Driver Absenteeism With Attendance Bonuses
Jefferson County (Ky.) Public Schools started a pilot that pays school bus drivers and assistants a $200 bonus for every pay period they come to work every day to address driver shortage and absenteeism.
2. 11 Students, School Bus Driver Hospitalized After Semi Hits Bus
A semi tractor trailer in Indiana struck the driver’s side of the bus and pushed it off the road. Students and the bus driver were treated for injuries.
3. Video Captures Car Passing School Bus on Right Side
Greenville County (S.C.) Schools shared footage of a bus driver keeping students out of the path of a car as it sped along the shoulder on the right side of the bus.
4. Collins Launches New Low-Floor Bus
The bus, built on the Ram ProMaster chassis, is designed to enhance accessibility with an integrated wheelchair ramp.
5. 4 Kids Killed in School Bus Danger Zone in 2015-16
Three of the children were fatally struck by school buses, while one student was killed by a passing vehicle.
New drivers for Tuscaloosa City Schools will receive a $1,000 signing bonus. The district is also offering bonuses for good attendance and a clean driving record.
Oak Hill Capital Partners will be the new owner of Safe Fleet, whose brands provide a variety of equipment for school buses.
According to NAPT's executive director, if, as Giorgio Armani once said, “Jeans represent democracy in fashion,” then school buses are their educational equivalent.
Cuomo’s 2018 agenda includes initiatives to address illegal passing, replacement of old buses, and bullying.
Authorities in Forest City, Iowa, say that a pellet gun shattered a window on the bus while it was transporting students. A suspect has been charged.
Seven dealers win the bus manufacturer’s Pursuit of Excellence award, and Mid-State Truck Service Inc. wins the Diamond Dealer award.
Barry Sudduth discusses his goals as president of NAPT and his work at Virginia's Stafford County Public Schools.
The New York School Bus Contractors Association presents a new award to First Student’s Bobby DeLee, who evacuated his passengers after smelling smoke.
Even after she was diagnosed with the disease, Deanna Stallones kept driving and serving as a role model for students at Bellville ISD in Texas.
Working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and local police and fire departments, the South-Western City School District’s transportation department places an emphasis on training drivers to keep students safe.
The engine of the 1995 model bus catches fire about 15 minutes after dropping off students. No students are aboard, and the driver gets out of the bus safely.
Daimler AG’s bus division awards Rev Coach LLC the North American sales rights for the Setra motorcoach brand.
Software that streamlines data collection, onboard Wi-Fi, fuel efficiency products, and an artificial intelligence-powered child-check device are just some of the options to look for in 2018. Also, on the horizon: wearable tech for drivers.
The survey covers such topics as student ridership, driver pay, and special-needs bus equipment.