In a recent survey by School Bus Fleet, school transportation professionals cited student behavior as the most significant factor affecting safety on the school bus and indicated that they felt great confidence in bus drivers carrying students to and from school each day.
Ahead of October’s National School Bus Safety Week, examine the results of this survey to gain insights into what’s happening in school transportation operations throughout the United States.
As a transportation professional, what do you consider to be the most significant safety concern related to school transportation?
On a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being excellent), how would you rate the overall safety of school transportation in your district/organization?
Have there been any significant incidents or accidents involving school transportation in your district/organizations in the past year?
On a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being very satisfied), how satisfied are you with the communication and updates from your district/organizations regarding school transportation safety?
How important do you believe it is for transportation professionals to collaborate with schools, parents, and local authorities to address safety concerns in school transportation?
Are there any specific areas or routes where you believe additional safety measures, such as crossing guards or traffic signals, are needed?
In your experience, what has been the most effective method for mitigating traffic congestion near schools during drop-off and pick-up times?
On a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being very confident), how confident are you in the driving skills and behavior of school bus drivers in your district/organization?
In your opinion, what additional safety measures should be implemented on school buses?
- Enhanced driver training and monitoring.
- Cameras to monitor student behavior.
- Improved emergency evacuation procedures.
- Seat belts for all students.
- Stop-arm cameras.
Respondents gave a wide variety of answers, but these were the top five suggestions.