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February 11, 1998 | By Tanyanika Samuels and John Way Jennings, FOR THE INQUIRER
A surprise inspection Monday at the McGough Bus Co. in Deptford resulted in 22 of the firm's 24 buses being taken off the road for safety violations. School districts in Camden and Gloucester Counties contract with McGough to transport public-school and special-education students to and from school. Officials at the bus company refused to comment on the inspections. It was unclear last night whether all the violations had been corrected. John Hagerty, a State Police spokesman, said investigators from the State Police and the state Department of Transportation involved in the Governor's School Bus Safety Commission went to McGough's Hurffville Road facility at 10 a.m. Monday.
NEWS
September 6, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round, as every schoolchild knows. But do all the lights on the bus go flash and blink? Are the treads on the tires deep and sharp? Do the brakes work? Does the alarm sound when an emergency exit opens? Parents make an act of faith every time they put a child on a school bus. And so, with a new school year dawning, the chairman of New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission was on the road this week to assure them that those big yellow boxes on wheels are safe.
NEWS
November 13, 1995 | By Andrea Hamilton, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The supervisors have delayed a vote on banning commercial vehicles from parking on private property. The supervisors postponed a final decision after the township solicitor raised questions about the wording of the draft ordinance. Ironically, the way the ordinance was drafted, the vehicles it was intended to prohibit might instead be exempt from the regulation. Residents in the Willow Greene development in Churchville had pressed for the ban because neighbor Robert Bongiovanni had parked two yellow school buses in the driveway of his house, at St. Michaels Circle and Kitty Knight Drive.
NEWS
November 6, 1999
The news clips were chilling: two school buses sprawled on their sides in an Indiana field, debris all around, children, some in wheelchairs, being lifted out. Fortunately, of more than 60 people aboard on Oct. 26, no one was critically injured. The week before - ironically, National School Bus Safety Week - a bus carrying 44 first and second graders to a pumpkin patch crashed into a dump truck in rural New York. Again, mostly minor injuries. Thankfully, school bus accidents are rare and fatalities rarer still.
NEWS
March 6, 2013 | By David O’Reilly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Those shamrocks suddenly adorning Medford school buses might look like St. Patrick's Day decorations, but they'll be part of the local landscape for years to come. The Medford School District on Tuesday became the first district in New Jersey to carry advertising on its buses. The five-inch shamrocks belong to a small chain of supermarkets that bought the first ads. "I'm ecstatic," Superintendent Joseph Del Rossi said Tuesday morning at the district's transportation center on Chairville Road.
NEWS
November 10, 2012 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The mood was tense, but the music was beautiful. Officials at GAMP - Girard Academic Music Program, the city's elite public magnet school for gifted musicians - have been notified that they will lose the yellow school buses that transport middle school students from points around Philadelphia to the school at 22d and Ritner Streets. So on Thursday night, dozens gathered in the GAMP auditorium for a concert and rally to voice their displeasure to the Philadelphia School District.
NEWS
March 4, 2003 | By Larry Kane
We've got a homeland security problem. But this one doesn't concern terrorists; it's about what we aren't doing to protect our children. Here's a familiar picture: a school bus driver strapped into a seat belt, complete with shoulder harness - but none of the children on the bus have seat belts. You'd think that what's good for the driver should be good for the kids. Not so fast: In 1999 the National Transportation Safety Board ruled against requiring seat belts on buses (except for the smaller van-style buses)
NEWS
December 6, 2007 | By Nick Pipitone INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Growing up in Southwest Philadelphia, Aissia Richardson would take the school bus on class trips and wonder why there were no seat belts. Today, as a parent, she often asks herself the same question. "We have a mantra when we go on family vacations with the kids," said Richardson, whose 10-year-old daughter, Yasmina, takes a daily one-hour bus ride to the Girard Academic Music Program in South Philadelphia. "The car doesn't move until they're buckled in. " During Yasmina's bus ride, Richardson said, "anything can happen.
NEWS
February 14, 1999 | By Melody McDonald, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Veteran school bus driver Peg Crofton parks her yellow minibus in front of her Main Street home. She's done that for more than 30 years. No one ever complained that it was ugly or hazardous. No one ever asked her to park it somewhere else. Having the vehicle waiting for her on cold, early mornings and rainy afternoons is a luxury for the 58-year-old woman. Using the school bus as her primary transportation is a major job perk. Crofton and dozens of other local bus drivers are angry because the Township Council is considering amending an ordinance to prevent them from driving the school buses home and parking them.
NEWS
October 11, 1995 | By Andrea Hamilton, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
For Kay Henry, the second school bus was the last straw. When the first yellow bus was parked next to her neighbor Robert Bongiovanni's house on St. Michael's Court in October 1992, she didn't like it one bit. But when Henry checked with Northampton Township officials, she learned that Bongiovanni was not violating any law, so she and her neighbors dropped the matter. When the second bus appeared in May, however, the residents of the tidy neighborhood vowed they would fight back.
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