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TRENDS


O ERCOMING RISK


School Transportation News received 192 reponses from an email survey sent to 5,285 readers with the job titles of transportation director and supervisor, for a response rate of over 3 percent. They answered questions about risks in their school bus operations and how well they are addressing them.


Which risk factors has your transportation department done a particularly good job at addressing?


72% Quality of school bus maintenance/repairs


70% Driver oversight/monitoring (certification, alcohol/drug testing)


65% School bus driver background checks 52% Student behavior on school buses


32% Running school bus stop signs


4% Other (Child safety restraint systems, effects of driver shortages, etc.)


(Out of 164 reponses. More than one answer was allowed. Total does not equal 100.)


Focus of transportation departments when it comes to reducing risk factors 69% Improving onboard student behavior 66% Driver shortages 38% Compliance with training 37% Student overcrowding/routing issues 33% Crashes 31% School bus stops 31% Vehicle maintenance 22% Vehicle inspections


20% Driver oversight/monitoring (certification, alcohol/drug testing, etc.)


15% Attendant oversight/monitoring


4% Other (Stop-arm violations, parent behavior at stops, etc.)


(Out of 164 reponses. More than one answer was allowed. Total does not equal 100.)


Are there any areas of risk that you feel your district or contractor is not adequately addressing?


70% No 26% Yes


4% I don’t know (Out of 191 responses.)


Driver safety, driver authority, the school bus driver shortage & training exercises School Bus


The most frequently ocurring risk factors not perceived to be properly addresed in operations, according to readers. (Out of 103 responses.)


14 School Transportation News • APRIL 2020


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