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News Mobility: How Far Has It Progressed? WRITTEN BY GABRIELA MUNGARRO | GABRIELA@STNONLINE.COM M


obility has plays an important role for school bus drivers, aids, attendants and managers when it comes to daily fleet operations. Unfortunately the challenge of securing mobility devices is still playing a large role


within the industry. Te biggest challenges reported are “parents having the proper equipment for the child,” said Tom Taylor, Miller R-2 transporta- tion director from Missouri, as reported in the latest School Trans- portation News survey. Another issue is “larger chairs, less space,” said Jeff Hutchings, maintenance operations and transportation manager from Huntington Beach, California. Tese problems, although commonly heard within the industry,


prove to be more difficult to resolve. Issues with mobility are also due in large part to securing mo- bility devices onboard school buses. Te importance of properly securing students who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices can make the ultimate difference in unforeseen incidents. When wheelchair-occupants are not secured correctly, the risk for


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22 School Transportation News • MAY 2017


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