Pollard talks about creating a successful annual driver training event, his passion for serving special-needs students, and the “special ride” he was able to coordinate for a student with autism.
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.
As vice president of product compliance and regulatory affairs, Sean Waters will work with regulatory agency leadership on standard-setting initiatives for commercial vehicles, including for Thomas Built Buses.
Bud Fears represented both the school bus and paratransit segments, and played a key role in expanding the company’s wheelchair securement market in the Midwest region.
The National Association for Pupil Transportation learns from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that it has not completed the Entry Level Driver Training registry due to technical issues. NAPT expects the ELDT deadline to be delayed.
Senate Bill 6208 would have protected the seniority rights, wages, and benefits of the state’s school bus drivers.
House Bill 351 would require the state superintendent of public instruction to identify school systems with critical shortages and allow them to hire school retirees to drive while keeping their retiree pay.
An educational school bus safety display, snowy school bus yards, and a bus stopping for a moose to cross the road are among the captivating photo submissions from industry personnel and those from the Snapshots department in recent issues of School Bus Fleet.
The group of Maine students, with support from school staff and community members, is working to raise nearly $33,000 to add 15 extended stop arms to buses on routes with the highest number of illegal passing incidents.
A procession for Robert Brooks of Tennessee included the last school bus he drove after more than five decades of service.
Dean Transportation teaches drivers and aides the skills so they can better understand what a variety of students experience on the school bus.
Keith Dreiling, the state director of the Kansas Department of Education School Bus Safety Unit, discusses his passion for student safety and the changes that the department's renowned loading and unloading survey has undergone under his tenure.
Doug Hayes of Oregon buys the bus as a Christmas gift so he can begin taking five of his 10 grandkids to and from their small private school, which does not offer bus service.
2019’s numbers include a notable rise in Type A (small) bus sales, continuing an upward trend from last year. We are also seeing momentum in electric school bus sales.
A dispatcher at a Washington school district details how his transportation team has used G Suite and Google Sheets to reduce recurring questions, misinformation, confusion, and distractions for more efficient operations.
Building a relationship with a proactive provider, focusing on core data for your operation and using it for regular driver coaching are some of the best practices experts share with SBF.