In Precious Cargo, Toronto writer Craig Davidson recounts the experiences he had during the year he spent as a school bus driver for five special-needs students.
Murphy Bus Lines was one of the many pupil transportation operations impacted by this year’s harsh winter, but in the face of the challenges it presented, the company’s employees worked together and remained focused on safely transporting students.
The Highway Traffic Act would be amended to eliminate the requirement for a criminal record search as a condition of getting a school bus driver’s license. Instead, the Education Act would be amended to require that school bus drivers have a vulnerable sector search, which is a criminal check that includes a search of the pardoned sexual offender database. The Ontario School Bus Association says the changes would save “a lot of time and hassle by only having to do the one check.”
The D250-12 standard from the Canadian Standards Association will take effect June 1, 2013, and will apply to buses manufactured on or after that date, according to the Ontario School Bus Association. The changes include requirements for handrails at the service door entrance, and exterior mirror requirements are changed to include a remote control for the side rearview mirrors.
Taylor has accepted a position as CEO of the Tri-Board Student Transportation Services consortium, which he will begin on Nov. 1. He will leave his post on the Ontario School Bus Association's board of directors, as well as his position at school bus contractor Stock Transportation, on Sept. 24.
The Northwestern Ontario Student Services Consortium implements the “Be Seen, Be Safe” initiative after reading in SBF about its implementation at a school district in Texas. As General Manager Judi Green tells SBF, children in junior kindergarten through third grade wear flashing amber lights to improve their visibility when getting to bus stops in times of limited daylight and extreme weather.
Representatives of the Ontario School Bus Association discuss this information during meetings with the senior policy adviser to the education minister and with an MPP. A meeting with the minister of transportation covers commercial driver testing, among other issues.
Both Northway Bus Lines and Alouette Bus Lines were owned by Daniel Joanis, an industry veteran and former director of the Ontario School Bus Association. The companies' 200 employees will stay on under the new ownership, Landmark Student Transportation said.
The Ontario School Bus Association launches an awards program, which comprises the Industry Achievement Award and the Driver Excellence Award. The first award is given to an individual who has made a special contribution to the industry, and the latter is given to a school bus driver who has demonstrated exemplary abilities.
The province’s Ministry of Education will allocate a projected total of $844.7 million to school boards for the 2011-12 school year. In a memorandum released this week, Cheri Hayward, director of the ministry’s school business support branch, provides a breakdown of how the money will be divided for such factors as increasing enrollment and higher operating costs.
Leuschen Bros. Limited will add more than 250 vehicles from three new locations and increase STC's net revenues by $12 million, according to the company.