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Active Suspension: Using Technology to Improve Special Needs Transport


Thursday, June 18, 2020 — 11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET

Special needs transport presents unique challenges to school districts. These students may be more sensitive to the rough ride that a bus provides. Bus attendants who assist with the loading and unloading of these students have a physically demanding job on top of the ride comfort issues.

Retaining drivers and attendants continue to be among the biggest challenges facing school bus fleet operations today. And while increased pay and time off, and shorter routes are some of the options that have worked to retain them—there are also technological options that, working in concert with other retention approaches, can help fleets fight the shortage.

On June 18th at 11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET, attendees will learn how active suspension technology is one of these technological answers to improve special needs transport and increase retention by:

  • Improving passenger, attendant, and driver comfort
  • Decreasing driver and assistant fatigue
  • Increasing driver vehicle control

In addition, attendees will learn how this technology not only improves the ability of fleets to retain their drivers but also improve the operational bottom lines through reduced maintenance costs and improved passenger comfort.

SPEAKERS:

Travis Ward, National Bus Sales, LiquidSpring LLC 

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Getting Paid, Staying Afloat: How Contractors Can Cope With the COVID Shutdown


Originally aired: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 — 9:00 AM PT/12:00 PM ET

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drastically upend pupil transportation and small businesses, school bus contractors are struggling to keep employees on the payroll as buses stop rolling and many school districts withhold pay. Meanwhile, numerous contractors need support just to stay afloat for the duration of the crisis so they can come out on the other end of it ready to get the buses up and running when schools do reopen.

View this on-demand webinar to find out how contractors can convince districts that they do have a right to be paid during school closures, and get advice on protecting workers, how insurers can help, and preparing for when classes eventually resume.

Key Takeaways:

  • Creative counterarguments you can use when districts won’t pay
  • Tips on working with insurers to protect your business
  • Clarification on employers’ responsibilities regarding safety
  • Guidance on preparing your operation for when schools reopen: protecting workers and communicating with schools and parents
  • How one industry association is working with lawmakers to get more support for contractors

SPEAKERS:

Corey Muirhead, President // Executive Vice President, New York School Bus Contractors Association // Logan Bus and Affiliates (Ozone Park, N.Y.)
Michelle Wiltgen, National Marketing Manager, National Interstate Insurance Co.
Curt Macysyn, Executive Director, National School Transportation Association

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Returning to Service Post-COVID: Are You Prepared?


Originally aired: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 — 9:00 AM PT/12:00 PM ET

School closures brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have so quickly changed pupil transportation in unforeseen ways. In this webinar, School Bus Fleet discusses with industry experts how pupil transporters can optimize this time by shifting gears from many of the typical day-to-day transportation tasks to getting ahead on the countless back-burner responsibilities that will still demand attention once schools reopen.

Key Takeaways: 

  • Tips on planning the next school year while working from home.
  • Ways to get routing, inspections, IEP requests, and testing in place.
  • How to handle scheduling tests during DMV closures.
  • Recommended plans in case remote work is still required this fall.
  • Plus: A Q&A and opportunity to share best practices.

SPEAKERS:

Max Christensen, Executive Officer for School Transportation, Iowa Department of Education 
Derek Graham, Consultant and Former State Director of Pupil Transportation in North Carolina
Pam McDonald, Director of Transportation, Orange (Calif.) Unified School District
Michael Shields, Director of Transportation Services, Salem-Keizer Public Schools in Salem, Ore. 

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Transforming School Transportation: How Fleet Management Solutions Optimize Operations & Save Time


Originally aired: Thursday, April 16, 2020 — 11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET

From small and large school districts to transportation and logistics companies, fleet management has been a core challenge for the transportation industry.

During this on-demand webinar, we highlight some of the key challenges faced by transportation directors today and how modern fleet management solutions are helping to solve them through real-time GPS Tracking, customized routing, a direct parent app, diagnostics, and much more.

Join us as a technology expert deep dives into some of the latest trends and tools available and share key insight on how modern technologies can optimize operations, improve student safety, and drastically reduce daily workloads.

SPEAKER:

Robert Coates, Co-Founder & Board Member, Viafy

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Navigating the CARES Act for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses with Fleets


Originally aired: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 — 9:00 AM PT/12:00 PM ET

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides $2.2 trillion to help individuals and businesses manage the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill includes $350 billion for businesses with 500 or fewer employees and targeted relief for specific industries.

Small businesses with commercial, corporate, and rental fleets have unique conditions when it comes to loans, loan guarantees, and other investments. This on-demand webinar, presented by Bobit's fleet group including Automotive Fleet, Auto Rental News, Business Fleet, METRO, School Bus Fleet and Work Truck, provides guidance specific to those businesses regarding:

  • Loan details, eligibility, and application requirements
  • Loan forgiveness do’s and don’ts for fleets
  • Other loan information such as the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
  • Requirements for larger companies access to loans
  • Updated information not covered in initial federal guidance
  • What’s next? Information on a potential CARES Act 2.0

**Note: Information contained in this webinar is current as of April 7, 2020.**

SPEAKER:

Phile Feigen, Attorney, Managing Partner (DC) & Shareholder, Polsinelli Law Firm
Matthew W. Daus, Esq., Partner & Chair, Transportation Practice Group, Midels Marx 
Kirk Browning, President, Auto,Truck & Specialty Vehicle, Fleet Divisions, 1st Source Bank
Gregory M. Scott, Founder & President, Merevir Consulting


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School Bus Safety Redefined: The Advantages of an Advanced & Active Driver Safety System


Originally aired: Thursday, October 24, 2019 — 11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET

Safety and the school bus go hand-in-hand, and school districts and transportation providers have expressed interest to bring these technologies to the school bus industry. Well, they’ve arrived! But how do these advanced safety systems work – specifically active collision mitigation technology and electronic stability control?

IC Bus and Bendix have been working hand-in-hand over the last year and a half to bring this technology to market, working with school bus customers around the country to demonstrate this technology and help them onboard their drivers to make sure they understand how these technologies work.

During this on-demand webinar, industry experts Chris Gutierrez and T.J. Thomas explain what active collision mitigation technology really means, why it’s important, and how it works.

SPEAKERS:

Chris Gutierrez, Chief Engineer, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, IC Bus
T.J. Thomas, Director, Marketing & Customer Solutions - Controls, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC. 


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Beyond GPS Tracking: How Fleet Intelligence is Transforming School Bus Fleet Operations


Originally aired: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 — 11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET

Whether you’re managing one of the largest school bus fleets in the country or working with just a few dozen buses, professionals in the school bus industry face the same set of problems: Keeping students safe, managing substitute drivers, maintaining budgets, and streamlining antiquated processes.

Luckily, there are now technologies available that can help school bus fleets address all of these problems. From mobile apps to onboard tablets, these new technologies arm students, parents, and school administrators with the information they need to ensure a timely and safe ride; deliver turn-by-turn navigation to help substitutes manage complex routes; and take the headache out of payroll.

View this on-demand webinar to learn about the technological tools that can transform your K12 fleet.

SPEAKER:

Brad Bishop, Account Manager, CalAmp


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