Updated: Nov 7, 2021
The total employment of bus drivers is expected to increase by 5 percent in the next decade, roughly as soon as the average for all professions. However, the increase in contractual services in the transport of school buses may increase, as more and more school districts outsource their transport needs. The employment of transit and intercity drivers (including charter bus drivers) is expected to increase by 6 percent in the next decade, roughly the average for all professions.
The primary priority of every school bus driver is the safe transportation of students. The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) recently published an article about this important role bus drivers play in the everyday lives of students. School bus driver training began in 1920, and the guidelines are constantly changing.
Since the initial development of unified school bus standards in 1939, many changes to school buses over the past eight decades have been important for safety, especially in response to more stringent federal and state governments regulations.
Since the introduction of yellow as the standard color in 1939, school buses have intentionally incorporated the concept of visibility into their design. Because of their size, school buses have many blind spots outside the vehicle, which can pose a risk to passengers standing or walking near the bus or pedestrians. To meet this safety challenge, the design of the school bus focuses on outward visibility and improves the design of bus windows, mirrors and windshields to maximize driver visible.
In all federal states, traffic must be stopped in both directions on indivisible motorways when students board or leave the school bus. Although the wording varies from state to state, the law generally states as follows: The school bus driver activates a flashing yellow light, indicating that the school bus stops so that students can load or unload. The school bus driver turns on the red flashing light and extends the carrying arm to indicate that the school bus has stopped and students are getting on or off.
Fifteen thousand people, including 2,000 students, live on 64,000 square miles of Teton County. Most of the 18 bus routes are paved, with two to five lanes at 25 to 65 miles per hour. Illegal overtaking of stopped school buses is one of the main complaints of school bus drivers. At the time the school bus driver sent a report to the prosecutor's office, he rarely received a response.
Throughout the year, police patrol critical areas recognized as illegal by school bus drivers. In unmarked vehicles, public vehicles and motorcycles, officials patrol problematic journeys and follow school buses on problematic roads. The police work with school bus subcontractors (all school buses are responsible) to use a quotation summary form containing information about the violation (license number, time, date, location). The officer meets a group of school bus drivers to show them how to complete the form.
When school bus drivers notice a violation, they fill out a hotspot report for school bus drivers and forward them to their transport manager. The facilitator completes the hot spot summary and regularly reports it to the local police station to monitor the hot spots. DMV sends a letter to the driver stating that the driver has illegally crossed a stopped school bus and informs the driver what the law is. DMV also randomly distributes a leaflet about the renewal of a driving license.
Tony is relieved when one of the school bus drivers gets a license plate of a driver driving next to a stopped school bus. Immediately after receiving information, Tony sends a letter to the registered owner of the vehicle informing the registered owner that the vehicle has illegally traveled the school bus on a specific date and time. In the letter, the owner is asked to call Tony within 10 days and say who was driving the car. If the person he calls is contrite and apologizes, Tony uses this opportunity to inform him about the law and importance of stopping the loading and unloading of children (many of whom must cross the street).
In both public and private education, there are two other types of school buses running outside of school buses in regular services that are used in school transport and are characterized by high use and marking. Instead of a home-to-school route service, the bus is used for extracurricular activities. Depending on national and state regulations, the bus used may be a regular yellow school bus or a dedicated unit.
Indiana law does not specifically specify vehicles that may use an alternative ignition system (e.g., ambulance, police, fire brigade, school bus). School bus equipment is recommended by the State School Bus Committee, which lays down administrative provisions for the construction and equipment of school buses. In order for school buses to use the alternative headlight system, the State School Bus Committee set specifications and informed school bus users about this option.
School transport is safe, convenient and affordable for thousands of children. Parents are busier than ever before and having a school bus as a transport option is extremely valuable. As gasoline prices change constantly, more and more children go to school by bus every year.
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