Drivers Adjust to Return Of School Buses

Student Transportation of America says parents can also call and let them know of any bus route problems they are experiencing. The number to call is  (402) 572-6160.

Drivers for Student Transportation of America school buses told Channel 6 News Monday it's important for others on the road to be cautious of their return. The drivers took Millard School students to school for the first time this year on Monday. They will transport Omaha Public Schools beginning Wednesday.

The drivers said they were excited to kick-off the school year because of the new buses they get to drive. The new vehicles run on propane and are more technologically advanced. They explained, however, that they often find that many people on the road forget to adhere to school bus rules after their time away.

Drivers said keep in mind there is a $500 fine, a misdemeanor charge, and points placed on your license if you go around a bus that has its stop sign out.

They also mentioned to remember the "School Zone" signs enforcing lowered speed limits are also enforced much more often now that students are present in the area. Speeding fines double in such areas.

Drivers said often, those signs are ignored and people try to pass buses because they think they are too slow. Student Transportation of America drivers said these new buses, though, will be able to keep up with traffic at a much better rate.

Management and bus drivers will meet and report any problems with routes over this first week. They will then make according changes with routes for the school year.

Student Transportation of America says parents can also call and let them know of any bus route problems they are experiencing. The number to call is (402) 884-4222.


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