New product design and crash test standards for wheelchairs and tiedowns — some now in effect and some becoming active in December 2015 — promise to increase transportation safety for people who must use their wheelchair as the passenger seat when riding in a car, van or bus. Here’s an overview of the WC18 and WC19 standards and the enhanced testing they require.
A citizen reportedly witnesses Rodolfo Luna discard empty vodka bottles from his bus and contacts officials for the school district where he worked, who track him down, and he undergoes a drug/alcohol test. He then takes a field sobriety test, which he fails, and he admits to sheriff’s deputies that he consumed vodka and cold medicine prior to starting his shift, which involved transporting special-needs students for a field trip.
The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education and Emirates Transport oversee the rollout of the first phase of school buses that will serve these students. Officials say that the 50 buses are outfitted with the latest equipment and in line with international standards for the safety and comfort of special-needs students.
Sharon Pierluissi of Lakeside Transportation/Cook-Illinois Corp. and Barbara Rizzo of Peotone Community School District 207-U are the latest to complete NAPT's Special Needs Transportation Training program.