BY KERA MASHEK
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The people who help your kids get to school are running in short supply. Park Hill School District’s bus driver shortage is so bad, it's now forced to cut and consolidate some routes.
Bright yellow buses are a familiar sight outside schools. But in Park Hill, there aren’t enough drivers to get the job done.
“It became critical last week,” said Paul Kelly, Park Hill Schools' business and technology assistant superintendent.
Over the weekend, district leaders were scrambling to find the best quick fix to a crippling driver shortage. Those discussions resulted in seven routes being eliminated. Hundreds of kids were shuffled to other bus routes, tweaking pick-up and drop-off times by a few minutes. Read More
Written by Nathan Tuvalu, Published in Industry Releases
FORT VALLEY, GA — Blue Bird, North America’s leading school bus manufacturer, announced that as of January 1st they will continue to offer the industry’s best warranty for their Allison Transmission equipped diesel buses in 2018. The warranty coverage – which includes 7 years, unlimited miles – was also offered in 2017, and is applicable to all Blue Bird buses using the Allison Transmission 2500 and 2550 Pupil Transportation Series™ models. These Allison transmissions carry a comprehensive warranty, which covers 100% of parts and labor.
“The continuation of this extended warranty adds even more value to our bus offerings,” says Mark Terry, chief commercial officer at Blue Bird Corporation. “A standard extended warranty on a reliable transmission, such as Allison, adds to the reliability of our buses, which transport our most precious cargo every day.”
HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) - There continues to be a statewide problem with drivers going past school buses that have stopped with red flashing lights. It is such a concern that Governor Cuomo is asking lawmakers to increase penalties.
Distracted driving is one reason that is suspected for the on-going problem.
Police across the state try to drive home the danger it poses to children as part of a law enforcement initiative named "Operation Safe Stop." On April 27, 2017, Operation Safe Stop resulted in police issuing over 1,037 tickets for drivers who failed to stop for a school bus that was either loading or unloading students. (2.964 tickets were issued for other moving violations during the same sting operation.) Read More
PLATTSBURGH — Amy Coughlin Rugar had to battle to see her first-grader buckled up on the school bus.
“I find it absurd that if I had my son unbuckled in my personal vehicle, I would get a ticket,” she posted on the Press-Republican’s Facebook page.
“However, you place that same child on a school bus and no one forces them to buckle their seat belt.”
Rugar insisted that her son be buckled up; she said she wrote a letter to the bus driver, and when that didn’t work, she went to the school principal.
“We eventually resolved the issue but not without much insistence on my part,” she said.
Numerous P-R Facebook readers feel it doesn’t make sense for New York state to require seat belts on school buses, but not their use.
Drivers defend that policy, citing school bus design, the limited reliability of seat belt cutters in emergencies and the higher level of safety school buses already provide. Read More
By Mid-Hudson News Network
Jeff Preval- http://www.wgrz.com
BUFFALO, NY - Two days after Governor Cuomo unveiled his budget, we're learning one part of his plan allows school districts to install cameras on school bus stop-arms.
This has been a safety issue 2 On Your Side has been following and asking questions about for years. But, lawmakers in Albany have had concerns about the cost that would be passed onto school districts.
In New York State, an estimated 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass school buses every day.
"It continues as a really serious problem," said Peter Mannella, executive director of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation, which has been fighting to get cameras on stop arms for years, to catch violators.
But, lawmakers have had questions about the costs that would fall onto school districts. In Governor Cuomo's proposed budget, school districts would be allowed to install cameras on stop arms.
"This year that's the first time that's ever happened, I think it gains a lot more support or at least less opposition, because it's going to be part of that overall package in the budget someone is going to have to be very focused to say let's take that out," Mannella said.