How Can My District Benefit By Hiring A Transportation Manager?
published on June 21, 2013 by Sonia Mastros
One of the most critical tasks in any School District is managing the transportation system that gets school children to and from school and home and other planned locations. This is an immense responsibility and many critical factors to consider. When the system is not coordinated, a whole lot of challenges may be imminent. As a parent, or School Principal, you would want to have some notion of control as to where and when the children are at any point of the day when they are involved in transit. You would want to have one number to call to get updates on safety, reported issues and new students who would need transportation services to and from school. You would also want assurances that the drivers responsible for your children's transportation are certified to handle the vehicle, and have the right training and attitude. These are some of the issues that can be handled by a Transportation Manager.
Meeting The Logistical Challenge
The objective of any transportation manager is to make an entire fleet operate autonomously and meet the objectives of the day with efficiency. Managing one massive fleet of vehicles and other mediums of transportation is no easy task, one has to know where each vehicle is, it's exact itinerary and the responsible driver on task. In automating the entire system, most of the qualms and decisions that have to be made to eliminate run-time challenges will be handled by the transportation manager.
These responsibilities are of key importance, and is seldom accomplished without the use of tools that track all the vehicle locations, and help plan for the itinerary of each vehicle. The system is also used to regulate the performance of the school bus driver in meeting their obligations. This system has to be moderated by a person who understands the system intimately enough to operate such tools with tact and skill.
This is the priority factor for all school buses. The driver is charged with various responsibilities that protect the children from injury or harm. The spirit of all those responsibilities of the driver is such that your children would be collected on time, and dropped on time at their school of attendance. It also ensures safety on the road in observing regional compliance and safety codes that come with school transportation systems. All these responsibilities need to be monitored from a central location, and that is where the transportation manager comes in. The manager will ensure that all the conditions and constraints are met for the buses, and instill key indicators for the drivers to make sure that all regulations are followed, and progress or regress is monitored and reacted upon appropriately. The transportation manager would have the ability to terminate any driver who posed a risk to the welfare of the children on behalf of the district.
Logging the driver's hours, responding to the location of buses, noting deviations from itineraries, and tracking the progress of a long trip are just some of the responsibilities of a Transportation Manager. You would need a dependable person who will perform these duties diligently and allow the district the transparency required for the welfare of the children. The drivers need to be in good condition and attitude to provide the required qualitative services for your kids, and the buses need to be in accountably good condition. Sometimes information is required for the prior location of a bus or two in determining certain inquiries that have to do with the safety and well being of the children. A transportation manager would be able to provide such details in managing the entire fleet that has these sensitive passengers.
In Summary, the manager would ensure that the interaction of the Drivers, Buses and Children were all geared to the objectives set by the district for the welfare of the children.