“SAFETY” is the first priority at Monark Student Transportation Corporation!
With a comprehensive training program developed to ensure that our drivers receive continuing education on all matters pertaining to school bus driving and safety - Monark is at the top of its game!
Through our extensive Driver Training Program, all of our drivers are trained and evaluated by a Monark Driver Trainer at a minimum of twice per year. These evaluations assist us in maintaining the highest levels of driver competency. A minimum of six (6) mandatory Safety Meetings are held throughtout the school year to keep our drivers abreast of current safety and training issues. In addition, there is a dedicated and informed Safety Team comprised of designated safety officers and no less than two (2) Monark Driver Trainers at each of our Monark locations in Western Pennsylvania.
- Monark operates a fleet of marked safety vehicles. These vehicles check safety of bus routes, bus stops or possibly following the buses in order to evaluate the driver.
- Each Monark driver is evaluated annually in addition to their pre-employment and 90-day evaluation.
- Monark will not employ anyone under the age of 21 as a driver.
- Drivers must attend Mandated Reporters Class.
- Drivers are trained in Armed Intruder.
- Mandatory Safety Meetings.
- We run Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) on every driver yearly. In addition, we run an MVR every time a driver is selected for alcohol/drug screening.
- Mandatory use of mirror grids to ensure mirrors are adjusted properly for maximum visibility and safety.
- Hands on operation training of wheel chair lifts.
- Monark office personnel are certified in Impaired Driver Identification.
In January 2008, eight passengers died after the 15‐passenger van they were travelling in was struck, at highway speed, by a tractor‐trailer near Bathurst, N.B.. On September 30, 2010, former Transport Canada Minister Strahl committed the department to conduct a crash test of a 15‐passener van as requested by a lobby group of concerned citizens with a strong personal interest in van and bus safety for student transportation (www.vanangels.ca).
The 15‐passenger van is a preferred mode of transportation for a broad spectrum of applications and passenger types including; school and/ or senior outings, community events, and various shuttle services. An alternative mode of transportation for school related activities is the multi‐functional bus (MFAB). The structure of these buses is similar to that of small school buses except that they are not equipped with certain safety features that are required for the secure embarkation and disembarkation of school children, for example, stop lamps and extendable stop signs.
Our School Bus Constructed Vehicles or SBCVs are built to full school bus construction design and can be operated without a commercial driver’s license. Our 9 -passenger school School Bus Constructed Vehicle (SBCV) meets the EXACT SAME Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards Requirements for School Construction as our Full-Size School buses! This gives you peace of mind that you can't get from a passenger van.
The Ford E-250 van is a common vehicle that many contractors use to transport your school children, but there is a SAFER way! Monark has the answer.
As parents, you are an important part of the Total Safety Awareness Program for students who travel to and from school by school bus. Although drivers of ALL vehicles are required to stop for a school bus when it is stopped on a highway/roadway (with its side arm and stop arm out) while loading or unloading passengers, — children should not rely on them to do so. The National Safety Council encourages parents to teach their children about proper school bus safety.
Parents and loved ones of special needs students can rest assured that at Monark Student Transportation Corporation, we take every precaution to make certain that the safe transportation of your child is our #1 priority.
Each of our drivers who operate a lift-equipped vehicle has had appropriate and continuing training on the safe operation of the lift and wheelchair tie-downs, et al.
In addition, when any student has an Individual Education Program (IEP), Monark will make the necessary arrangements (i.e. inclusion of a Monitor, training in the use of an Epi-Pen, et al) to ensure the safety and comfort of our special needs passengers.