Partnering with law enforcement, taking advantage of federal security assessments and student tracking are some of the measures contractors are taking to ensure a safer school bus ride.
The school bus contracting firm’s 2014 contest drew more than 230 submissions, and winners in four categories earned $1,000 each.
In his new role as divisional CEO of National Express Transit Corp., Gary Waits is responsible for providing vision and leadership, continuing the expansion of the transit division. Waits most recently served as chief operating officer of National Express Corp.'s Eastern U.S. student transportation division.
The school bus contractor gives the refurbished school bus to Brookland Lakeview Community Empowerment Center in West Columbia, S.C. As a part of the donation, officials say Thomas Built Buses assisted with the refurbishing of the bus, and Bridgestone Tires donated new tires.
The school bus contractor celebrates 15 employees who achieved their certification at a dinner held in their honor. CEO David Duke says these techs help the company “lead the way” when it comes to going above and beyond state and federal requirements to maintain buses and ensure passenger safety.
Robie Hartling from Ottawa, Ontario, wins first prize and receives $1,000 for his “Cross Over Mirrors” artwork. Second prize goes to Pamela Morgan from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for her “Supersafe” entry, and Deanna Davison from Bonner Springs, Kan., receives third prize for “Everyone Deserves a Safe Ride.”
The CEO of National Express Corp. has overseen the company as it has achieved significant growth and safety accomplishments. He has also remained active in industry associations, serving on the National School Transportation Association board of directors for the last five years.
Sarah Brake was on a morning route earlier this month when 9-year-old Abby approached her in distress because she was choking on food. Brake removed Abby from the bus and administered the Heimlich maneuver three times, successfully dislodging the food and allowing Abby to breathe.
As part of Earth Week, the school bus contractor touts its year-round efforts to protect the environment, including an idling reduction program. The company also launches its second annual “Slim Down Challenge,” which is a 10-week competition that involves groups of four to seven employees aiming to score the best in percentage of weight lost.
The Canadian subsidiary of National Express Corp. recently began serving Edmonton Catholic School District 7 and Elk Island Catholic Separate Regional School Division 41. The company operates 40 bus routes for the first district and one bus for the latter district.
In this roundtable, executives from several school bus companies discuss driver shortage, the potential for growth in the contractor market this year, and what impact legislative issues — at the national and state levels — will have on their business, and on the industry as a whole.
The school transportation company’s safety directors are all certified by the Institute for Safety and Health Management. The credential covers a broad range of safety principles, such as risk assessment and mitigation, ethics and law, health and wellness, and emergency preparedness.
Employees at subsidiaries Durham School Services, Stock Transportation and Petermann design 120 posters that communicate operational safety messages. The top five submissions will be displayed at all National Express facilities to serve as a daily safety reminder.