The OEM cites lower upfront costs and maintenance savings as key factors in the growing sales of its Vision Gasoline bus.
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.
In addition to their nimble, responsive service, the kid-focused rideshares offer a learning opportunity in how they cater to parents’ needs and wants.
Garfield Howell of Connecticut is reportedly seen using his school bus to buy and deliver heroin several times over the course of a months-long investigation, police say.
The dealership’s Oklahoma and Illinois branches undergo training and improvements aimed at enhancing the customer experience.
Roush CleanTech is fielding inquiries about propane and other fuels in the new “Got Questions?” section of the School Bus Fleet site.
Heidi King currently serves as deputy administrator of the safety agency, which has been without a top official since Mark Rosekind’s departure in January 2017.
This final installment looks at federal rules on distracted driving and state specs on mobile data terminals. As with the technology itself, regulations need to be honed based on experience.
The move marks HopSkipDrive’s first operation outside of California.
State school transportation providers are encouraging the Legislature to support SB 566, which would establish a commission to study the school bus driver shortage to help obtain solutions.
The tech company, with partners CoSN and Kajeet, is expanding its “Rolling Study Halls” initiative to 16 additional school districts.
With a variety of non-yellow vehicles, app-based companies are offering parents an easy way to schedule rides for their children. Some see this type of dynamic service playing a bigger part in pupil transportation in the near future.
The school bus manufacturer and parent company Daimler Trucks North America donate the funds to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point.
A Florida district implements mandatory ID badges and use of clear backpacks, additional law enforcement, and limited entry points at the school, which was the site of a deadly shooting in February.
Although the state doesn’t require them, Henrico County has begun equipping its new buses with lap-shoulder restraints. Director Josh Davis share details on the move, which began with a certain NHTSA leader's speech.
The Type A manufacturer plans to start delivering its new electric model by the end of September. President Steve Girardin also expects a boost for propane buses with VW settlement funding.