Regional School Unit 57 adds the extra-long stop arms to nine of its buses, which run on routes with heavy commuter traffic.
In May, the Lincoln Public Schools board of education agreed to purchase 12 new school buses, including seven that are wheelchair accessible, and two 84-passenger and two 72-passenger buses, according to the newspaper.
The board's decision came after its adoption of the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) recommendation to mandate lap-shoulder belts on all new school buses.
Liz Standish, the associate superintendent of business affairs for Lincoln Public Schools, told the Lincoln Journal Star that the district will “have a mix of seat belt configurations in our buses for many years to come,” and that the district believes “all of the buses are engineered to keep students safe.” Ryan Robley, the district’s director of transportation, added that each bus with lap-shoulder belts costs an additional $10,000 to $20,000. Despite the cost, the district said it plans to equip all of its new buses with lap-shoulder belts going forward, the newspaper reports.
Lincoln Public Schools currently transports about 3,600 of its students on school buses, and more than 90 of those buses have lap-shoulder belts, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.
As SBF previously reported, Omaha Sen. Robert Hilkemann proposed several bills that would require lap-shoulder belts on school buses; however, the Lincoln Journal Star reports that none of his efforts have been successful, including Legislative Bill 634, which was introduced in January. The bill is currently in the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee, according to the state legislature's website.
Montgomery County Public Schools will install stop-arm cameras on all of its school buses by the start of the 2019-20 school year.
As we continue to evolve school bus manufacturing, design, and equipment, let’s also evolve laws, penalties, and — most importantly — driver mindset, when it comes to careless and distracted driving around stopped school buses.
The three Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Schools trainers quickly administer CPR to their coworker after she has a seizure, loses consciousness, and stops breathing during a training session.
St. Louis Public Schools partners with community organizations to train hundreds of volunteers to monitor school bus stops located in high-crime areas or near vacant lots.
Mobile County (Ala.) Public Schools will install Fogmaker North America’s fire suppression system on all of its 100 special-needs school buses. The district will eventually add the system to its remaining 600 buses.
The association voices support for FMCSA extending the compliance date on entry-level driver training certification and suggests including other provisions in the delay.
Michigan City (Ind.) Area Schools’ transportation department, also known as the “stop-arm singers,” recreate The Supremes’ famous “Stop in the Name of Love” — urging motorists to think twice before illegally passing a stopped school bus.
Norman Miller, a driver with Lee County School District, stops his bus to extinguish a fire on the porch of a mobile home and rescue the family inside.
Heidi King’s last day as acting administrator of the regulatory agency will be Aug. 31. She will be replaced by James Owens, the U.S. DOT’s deputy general counsel.
House Rep. Robert Goforth pushes for legislation that would require school districts to purchase and install stop-arm cameras on school buses by Aug. 1, 2023.
Strongsville City Schools board agrees to install interior video surveillance cameras on most of its spare buses and those that are used for daily routes and field trips.
Jay Heilman, a bus driver with Pasco County (Fla.) Schools, is joined by other members of the district’s transportation staff as he details the trials and triumphs of pupil transportation in his own catchy version of Lil Nas X's “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.
Although we all agree that the motoring public needs to be more cautious, bus drivers can also help mitigate the number of dangerous incidents by following safe and consistent loading and unloading practices.
The NSTA president discusses how statistics reflect the degree to which school bus operators go above and beyond to provide safe student transportation.