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18 TABLE 30 TABLE 32 WHAT CAN FLEET SAFETY MANAGERS DO ARE THERE ANY CURRENT FEDERAL OR STATE TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF THEIR REGULATIONS FOR SCHOOL BUSES YOU THINK OPERATIONS? (Open Ended) SHOULD BE RECONSIDERED? (Open Ended) Response Category Responses Response Category Responses Improve training/monitoring employees 86 Not applicable or no suggestion 56 Improve communication with employees 21 Mandatory seat belts 8 Ensure maintenance issues are resolved 8 Requirements for extensive 3 Other 6 training/testing of drivers Establish and maintain a safety culture 6 CDL requirements 3 Educate the public, administration, law 6 "10 foot" rule 2 No suggestions 4 Railroad crossing regulations 2 Keep detailed records 3 Head Start 2 Total 140 Seat height requirements 2 Allowing self-inspection 1 Waiver for driver vision testing 1 Aleana's Law in Georgia 1 Hours of service regulation 1 school buses?" Many respondents did not have any sugges- Flame retardant seat requirements 1 tions for new regulations. However, one frequently cited Total 83 response had to do with standardizing laws federally instead of having different laws for states. CDL = commercial driver's license. Table 32 shows the responses for the question: "Are there any current federal or state regulations for school buses you inspections was the most frequently cited response. Many think should be reconsidered?" There was a wide variety of respondents also stressed the importance of keeping buses responses to this item, although the most frequently cited and bus storage yards locked securely. response was "Not applicable or no suggestion." The next most frequent response was that the regulations concerning When considering special needs passengers, survey respon- mandatory seat belts should be reconsidered. dents were asked to report whether there are individual evac- uation plans for these students. A majority indicated there are evacuation plans for each of their special needs passengers SECURITY-RELATED SAFETY ISSUES (Table 37). Survey respondents were also asked to report whether they Respondents were also asked whether they conduct evac- have received and/or given security awareness training for uation drills with special needs passengers (Table 38) and if drivers over the course of the last 1, 3, and 5 years. Tables 33 35 show the results. A majority of respondents indicated that security training was completed in the last year. TABLE 33 HAVE YOU GIVEN Table 36 presents the responses for the question: "What SECURITY AWARENESS do you or your school bus drivers do to ensure your/their bus TRAINING FOR YOUR DRIVERS IN THE PAST is safe in terms of security?" Conducting pre- and post-trip 1 YEAR? Responses TABLE 31 Yes 110 DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW FEDERAL OR No 45 STATE REGULATIONS FOR SCHOOL BUSES? (Open Ended) Total 155 Response Category Responses No suggestions 39 TABLE 34 Other 18 HAVE YOU GIVEN SECURITY Standardize laws; make them federal, not state-based 13 AWARENESS TRAINING FOR Do not require seat belts 8 YOUR DRIVERS IN THE PAST Equip buses with new technology 7 3 YEARS? Mandatory training 7 Responses Require seat belts 6 Make it mandatory to replace buses after certain age/mileage 3 Yes 113 No cell phones while driving 3 No 21 Total 104 Total 134