- Published in Safety & Security
WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Victims in a 15-passenger van rollover lawsuit reached a settlement Tuesday with DaimlerChrysler and Michelin. The amount and terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
DENVER - Despite effort by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and pending legislation by a Colorado congressman to ban their use, the Colorado legislature has steadfastly declined to phase out 15-passenger vans used in school transportation. Now, the self-insurance pool that insures about 130 of the 178 school districts in Colorado has taken matters into its own hands.
Following are the findings from the NTSB investigation into the 2000 school bus-train collision occuring just over the Georgia border in Conasauga, Tenn.:
It has become increasingly evident that the yellow school bus has found its place, beyond the pavement of the road, as a commanding symbol of American education.
Not too long ago, I was amused when I heard a friend's grandfather going on in great detail about how things were when he was a young boy. Proudly, he was telling his grandson all about how he walked to school three miles each way, rain or shine.
Have you ever asked yourself after the morning route was completed and the students were safely in school what the bus drivers and assistants talk about?
In preparation for writing this article I looked up the terms substitute and drivers in the American Heritage and Dictionary and Thesaurus. Substitute is defined as "one that takes the place of another" and driver was defined "as a person who operates a motor vehicle". In addition, substitute driver is defined in the 1995 National Standards for School Transportation as "A driver who is not assigned to a regular route, but is employed to provide immediate coverage when necessary due to driver absences or emergencies.