North American school districts can now get Stopfinder Communication free of charge through the end of 2020 instead of the end of this school year.
AMF-Bruns’ FutureSafe Head and Backrest/Seatbelt Anchorage allows wheelchair passengers with upper mobility issues to travel safely and comfortably in the event of an accident or sudden stop. With two quick movements, the side-entry system locks behind the wheelchair passenger and/or driver to provide maximum security. The latest version of FutureSafe includes a side-wall installation option for vehicles unable to accommodate floor-mount installations due to sub-flooring. The side-wall mount attaches the FutureSafe to an aluminum track mounted on the vehicle’s interior wall.
AMF-Bruns of America
First Light’s patent-pending Illuminated School Bus Sign and Illuminated Stop Arm are designed to make the journey to and from school safer for students. Serving as its own light source, the edge-lit reflective technology creates a bright and uniform illumination that is visible over 1,000 feet, readable over 300 feet, and at multiple angles, especially in low lighting and dangerous weather conditions.
The fully sealed, externally mounted design of the Illuminated School Bus Sign prevents water and dust from entering the bus, therefore, keeping the bulkheads dry and eliminating rust. Along with quick and easy installation, the signs are low maintenance, resulting in minimal service costs, according to the supplier.
SmartStop from 247Security Inc. uses artificial intelligence technology for stop-arm violation processing. The solution is designed to automatically detect and gather information from an infraction as photographic and GPS evidence is captured, analyzed, and dispatched without the need for human interaction. With various levels of reporting available, SmartStop is able to directly provide evidence to law enforcement or other ticketing agencies. The scalable feature works with ZeusPT to deliver 1080P images during the daytime or nighttime from multiple angles.
Rosco Vision Systems’ new Eye-Max LED, in partnership with Thomas Built Buses, is designed to maximize visibility in dark and low lighting conditions. With the Eye-Max LED, objects and children in front of the school bus are clearly visible to the driver. The driver alert LEDs and illuminating undermount lights brighten the front danger zone with 200 lumens and use projection lenses to ensure maximum coverage. The mirror is also engineered to withstand pressure washes and features a modular design.
Rosco Vision Systems
The Q’Straint QRT-360 four-point tie-downs are built to withstand the higher loads of the WC18 standard and are compatible with WC19 wheelchairs. The tie-downs are automatic and retractable, utilizing energy management designs and material technologies to deliver the system’s full strength for maximum load capacity, according to the supplier.
MyView is designed to provide parents and caregivers details and real-time location information for their children’s school buses. The app’s dispatcher portal can also help school districts manage general school bus communications.
The proposed federal legislation aims to bolster support to small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program during the COVID-19 pandemic with measures such as eliminating restrictions on non-payroll expenses and extending the rehiring deadline.
CalAmp and Synovia’s Here Comes the Bus allows pupil transporters to create designated stops in the app without using routing software.
Drivers from more than 150 of the school bus company’s locations deliver meals and instructional materials during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some also transport medical workers.
The paper details the reasons for the association’s support for seat belts, common objections to adding them to school buses, and guidance on making the decision to require lap-shoulder belts in new buses.
Two winners will each receive a $50 cash prize. Entries must be received by June 11.
The Michigan-based school bus company partners with Schuler Books to present the Dean Transportation Story Time Series. Bus drivers read children’s books in videos on the school bus company’s Facebook page.
Conducted by School Bus Fleet, findings include adjusting personnel duties, some downsizing due to school closures, and significantly boosted cleaning routines. Respondents anticipate major routing changes as schools reopen.
Crucial practices include educating and negotiating with districts to continue compensation while buses aren’t running, following safety procedures consistently, and keeping abreast of loan and legal resources, experts say.
A researcher’s study finds that the difference between bus drivers who experience bullying often and those who don’t is the relationship between drivers and school administrators.
Because COVID-19 forced Kent (Wash.) School District to end its school year early, bus drivers missed the chance to say goodbye to students and congratulate graduating seniors. They make up for that in this touching video.
The recommendations include seating one student every other row, increased cleaning and disinfecting of buses, and drivers wearing cloth masks.
The proposed legislation aims to bolster support to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic through the Paycheck Protection Program with measures such as eliminating restrictions on non-payroll expenses and extending the rehiring deadline.
The director of transportation for the School District of Manatee County (Fla.) discusses springing into action at the onset of the pandemic to provide meals, mobile devices, and connectivity to students and potential long-term impacts on student transportation brought about by the COVID-19 crisis.
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