The policy clarifies that school districts have the responsibility for managing pupil transportation, including the authority to share services with another district or to contract out.
Two Toronto school districts issue alerts that some of their contractors’ school buses are significantly delayed “due to an unanticipated bus driver shortage.”
École St. Mary, Regina Catholic School Division and LP3 Transportation Solutions adds 89 Blue Bird Vision Propane buses. These buses make up 100% of the school division’s Type C fleet.
An earlier decision would have reduced student transportation spending by $2.45 million, but an outcry from parents prompts the Toronto Catholic District School Board to look for savings elsewhere.
For years, Margaret “Phemie” Hunka waved and held up signs for students riding buses by her home in Alberta. Her daughter-in-law, school bus driver Debbie Hunka, shares a tribute to Phemie, who died last year.
Police in Ontario conduct a traffic enforcement operation in an area identified as a trouble spot. A school bus with children on board is among the vehicles stopped.
A review found that the province’s previous fine, $167 for a first offense, was one of the lowest in Canada and was not enough to deter illegal passing of school buses.
The manufacturer presented its inaugural Distinguished Dealer Award to Western Canada Bus of Edmonton, Alberta.
Insights on fuel options, practical ideas for Wi-Fi on school buses, and an inspiring Olympian were among the standouts at the Canadian Pupil Transportation Conference.
The biennial event will be held April 16 to 21 in Winnipeg. Sessions will cover such topics as Canadian standards, special needs, and alternative fuels.
Huron Perth Student Transportation Services has had nine weather stations installed at its bus operators’ facilities, which has helped in making more informed decisions on bus service and school closures.
Three sessions of Thomas Built Institute Service Training will be offered in 2016, including a new Canadian edition.
Setting stop-arm fine amounts that drivers will take seriously is important. But if the penalties become too steep, do they become ineffective? For example, Iowa has seen more violations pleaded down or dismissed since increasing fines.