Integrated mirrors with driver alert LEDs, an artificial intelligence-powered stop-arm camera system, and heavy-duty wheelchair tie-downs were some of the latest technology options showcased at the NAPT trade show on Nov. 5 in Columbus, Ohio.
The event, which was held Dec. 6 to 8, in Cypress, Texas, featured 24 competitors from 16 different states.
The National Association for Pupil Transportation’s concerns address bus driver responsibility and how that might exacerbate driver shortage, and the extra time the systems would add to bus trips.
The National Congress on School Transportation Steering Committee firms up plans and writing committees are researching requests for procedures manual changes. The Congress will meet in Des Moines, Iowa, in May.
Seat belts have evolved considerably over the last few decades and now offer behavior and safety benefits, presenters said.
A hands-on team-building exercise, sessions and awards addressing safety and industry achievement, and a trade show showcasing the latest technology were some of the highlights at this year's NAPT conference.
Student transportation professionals are recognized for their remarkable dedication and service to the school bus industry. Awards are also presented to Zonar’s 2019 Don Carnahan Memorial grant recipients.
Creating an age-inclusive workplace culture, the importance of effective teams, and sharing knowledge were key discussions during the Sunday keynotes and sessions.
Mindy Feldbaum, the vice president of workforce programs at AARP Foundation, offers guidance on accommodating and retaining employees from a variety of age groups.
Pupil transportation providers, suppliers, and elected officials nationwide host press conferences, push school bus safety bills, and hold events to appreciate bus drivers.
The aviation and safety expert, who is helping the association kick off its “Zip. Zero. Nada. None.” campaign, discusses applying data for more proactive risk mitigation and human-machine teaming.
The national association and school bus company release “My School Bus, the Safest Form of Student Transportation” to promote National School Bus Safety Week.
Stop-arm cameras, partnerships with law enforcement for increased traffic patrol, and public safety campaigns are just some of the measures school districts are taking to ensure the yellow bus is the safest mode of transportation for students. Lawmakers are also introducing several federal and state safety bills.