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NTSB to hold aging driver safety forum in November

Bus| September 9, 2010
The "Safety, Mobility and Aging Drivers" forum, led by Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman, will be held on Nov. 9 and 10, in Washington, D.C. Panel topics will include safety risks of aging drivers and occupant protection for aging drivers and passengers.

Getting 'Permission' with Bus Operator Pivot Point Training

| September 2, 2010
Let's simplify the definition of 'pivot point.' The pivot point is the specific location on a bus that an object must align with before the operator attempts to overtake that object, whether it is a vehicle, sign, etc. Attempting to overtake the object — fixed, pedestrian, double parked vehicle — before that object reaches the pivot point locations mentioned below by bus model, will result in making contact with that object. Let's look at the various pivot point locations on some buses.
Bus| August 24, 2010

Seattle bus drivers reject barriers

After beating incident, King County Metro installed driver's area barriers. But drivers say they interfere with passenger interaction and hinder visibility, among other issues.
August 13, 2010

Making driver protection a priority

Tom Bregg was a bus operator for the Edmonton Transit System (ETS) in Alberta for 33 years when he was savagely beaten on Dec. 3, 2009 by a passenger, who argued with him over a fare dispute. Bregg is now permanently blind in his left eye and may never drive again, the Edmonton Journal reported.
Bus| August 10, 2010

Bentech at Forefront of Driver Partition Design

The Philadelphia-based design and fabrication company is working with New Jersey Transit on a pilot program to test two different designs - a hinged-door and sliding-door model - on two different buses.
Bus| August 3, 2010

Female New York bus drivers under attack

Two of the drivers assaulted say that they've told their bosses repeatedly that there should be extra security for the dark, dangerous walk from the parking lot to the garage.
Bus| May 25, 2010

Kansas becomes 26th state to ban texting

Drivers caught texting will receive warnings until January 1, 2011, after which law enforcement will issue $60 fines for violations. Because it is a primary law, police officers can stop motorists suspected of this offense alone.
Bus| May 25, 2010

N.Y. bus drivers average 3 months paid leave for being spat upon

Statistics have been deemed "troubling" as the MTA is facing a $400M budget shortfall.
Bus| May 20, 2010

San Antonio bus driver nearly hits baby in road

Driver manages to stop the vehicle a few feet away from the child. The event was captured by video surveillance cameras on the bus.
Bus| May 20, 2010

Winnipeg Transit testing bus safety shields

In 2009, there were 70 reports of operators being subjected to some type of physical assault. About 40 percent included persons spitting or throwing an object at the operator. Transit officials estimate a safety shield could prevent a significant number of these assaults.

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