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The Ontario School Bus Association (OSBA) is a non-profit association providing advocacy, education and legislative consultation services to the owners of school bus fleets, school boards/transportation consortia and supplier/manufacturer companies across Ontario.  
September 16, 2015 - Issue 19

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Inside this Edition:
  1. OASBO Annual Pupil Transportation Conference
  2. 2015 OSBA Driver Excellence Recognition Award
  3. 79K Vehicles Illegally Passed School Buses In National Study
  4. Highlight Your School Bus Safety Week Initiatives
  5. School Bus Driver Appreciation Day - Oct. 21, 2015
  6. 72 Passenger School Bus For Sale
  7. Upcoming Events
OASBO Annual Pupil Transportation Conference

The Annual Pupil Transportation Conference of the Ontario Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) is being held on October 28-30, 2015 at Blue Mountain Resort, Collingwood, ON.  A wide range of business sessions/topics, trade show and networking functions have been planned.  All OSBA members are encouraged to attend.  For more information please visit this link:  http://www.oasbo.org/events/event_details.asp?id=641886
2015 OSBA Driver Excellence Recognition Award

OSBA would like to continue recognizing the exceptional efforts put forth by thousands of school bus drivers each and every day.  This year, OSBA will present an award to recognize an extraordinary school bus driver who has demonstrated exemplary performance and a commitment to excellence, particularly in the areas of driving, customer service and safety.

Please submit a nomination form for one of your drivers by September 30, 2015.  The form can be found at the following links:
All nomination forms will be reviewed and one candidate selected by a committee of the OSBA Board of Directors.  The awards will be presented on Oct. 29, 2015 at the Blue Mountain Resort, Collingwood during the Ontario Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) annual pupil transportation conference.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@osba.on.ca or 416.695.9965 Ext. 3
79K Vehicles Illegally Passed School Buses In National Study

Nearly 80,000 vehicles illegally passed school buses in a one-day survey conducted in multiple states earlier this year, according to results released on Monday.
 
This was the fifth edition of the survey, launched by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) in 2011.
 
In 2015, a total of 102,371 school bus drivers in 26 states participated. That represents about one-fifth (21%) of the nation’s estimated 485,000 school bus drivers.
 
The one-day tally of stop-arm violations this year was 78,518. NASDPTS officials noted that this figure can be extrapolated to more than 14 million illegal passes of the buses surveyed in a 180-day school year.

The 2015 survey found a violation rate of 0.77 vehicles passing per bus. That rate has been fairly consistent over the past few years: It was 0.78 in 2014 and 0.79 in 2013.
 
NASDPTS officials said that the most alarming finding of the survey is that 1,483 (about 2%) of the total illegal passes were on the right side of the bus, where students load and unload. Still, the majority of the violations, 75,986 (about 98%), were on the left side of the bus.
 
As for the direction of the vehicles, more passed from the front of the bus — 45,353 (59%) — than from the rear — 31,835 (41%).
 
Slightly more violations occurred in the evening — 38,795 (49%) — than in the morning — 36,165 (46%). The other 3,558 (5%) were mid-day.
 
NASDPTS officials said that the data collected in the national survey helps in raising public awareness about illegal passing of school buses, making policy changes and targeting violators — all with the goal of increasing student safety.
 
“We know that students are far safer in school buses, but when they are outside the bus, they are more vulnerable to injury or death,” NASDPTS President Leon Langley said. “Any driver who passes a stopped school bus illegally is endangering children and possibly even his or her own future. Trying to save a few seconds by passing a school bus and hitting a child can be devastating not only for the victims and their families, but also for the motorist who will have to live with the sad consequences.”
 
Many states have taken steps to cut down on stop-arm violations, such as enacting stiffer penalties, launching law enforcement campaigns, and passing legislation to allow stop-arm cameras on school buses.
 
The danger of illegal passing of school buses is also emphasized by national data compiled annually by the Kansas State Department of Education. The 
latest version of that report found that six students were killed by vehicles passing their school bus in the 2013-14 school year.

Detailed results from the NASDPTS stop-arm survey for 2015 and previous years can be found at 
www.nasdpts.org/stoparm.
Highlight Your School Bus Safety Week Initiatives

School Bus Safety Week (SBSW) – Oct. 19-23 is an excellent way for everyone - parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, school board/transportation consortia and many others - to join forces and highlight the importance of school bus safety.  SBSW is a great opportunity for the student transportation industry to "toot their horn" and remind everyone of the impeccable safety record and importance of school bus services!  As SBSW approaches, send us a quick email or article for inclusion in this newsletter to info@osba.on.ca.
School Bus Driver Appreciation Day - Oct. 21, 2015

Professional school bus drivers provide 300 million safe rides each school year.  Approximately 18,000 school buses travel two million kilometers in Ontario every school day.  Very impressive to say the least!   OSBA understands that the Wednesday during School Bus Safety Week is designated as “School Bus Driver Appreciation Day”.  We encourage you to honour the men and women who keep children safe each and every day, and to let us know how you are paying tribute to them on Oct. 21, 2015.  When the rubber hits the road, it is without question that school bus drivers - their dedication and their commitment – are the unsung heroes delivering children to school safely, on time and ready to learn.  Please send OSBA your information, articles, pictures, tweets or whatever you have indicating your “School Bus Driver Appreciation Day” tributes and activities.  info@osba.on.ca
 
72 Passenger School Bus For Sale

Carl Brown Bus is selling a 2008 Blue Bird Vision 72 passenger School Bus. This bus is equipped with a Cummins engine, air brakes and air suspension. The school bus has 2 door external carriers plus interior carriers. It has approximately 200,000 km. A mechanical inspection has been completed on the bus and is being sold for $38,000.

If you are interested in purchasing this vehicle, or you have any further questions, please contact Gary Brown directly at 705-859-3474 or carltrad@amtelecom.net.

                          
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