Harrisburg, PA, June 23, 2015– Over 90 school bus drivers from across Pennsylvania will be converging on State College to compete in the 39th Annual Pennsylvania School Bus Drivers Safety Competition. The event, being held at the Mount Nittany Middle School in State College on Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27.
The competition begins on Friday evening with an orientation and written examination. On Saturday morning, the drivers return to the middle school where the parking lot has been configured for the skills competition. The drivers are tested in a number of skill areas including physical and verbal bus inspection; height judgement; simulated bus stop; railroad crossings; and curb line parking – just to name a few.
Drivers compete locally to earn a spot in the state competition. The top four winners then earn an opportunity to compete at the International School Bus Safety Competition being held in Minneapolis in July.
“Running the school bus safety competition is truly a team effort,” said Dallas Krapf, Chair of the School Bus Safety Competition, ”We could not hold this event without the school bus contractors, equipment providers and other industry-related companies that support the competition as volunteers and with their financial support.”
“The drivers competing in the safety competition have worked hard to get to this point,” observed Mike Berk, PSBA Executive Director, “They proudly represent drivers and school bus contractors from across Pennsylvania whose number one priority is the safe transportation of our children to and from school every day.”