The New York School Bus Contractors Association (NYSBCA) announced today the top finishers in the 47th Annual New York State School Bus Safety Competition, held Saturday, May 19 at Rockland Lake State Park in Valley Cottage.
“Despite the rain, the 47th Annual New York State School Bus Safety Competition, the largest and only statewide competition of its kind in New York, was a huge success” said New York School Bus Contractors Association President Bree Allen. “Every driver who took part in the competition not only demonstrated tremendous knowledge about student safety, they displayed exceptional driving skills that set the standard for all school bus drivers to follow. Our congratulations go out to all the competitors”.
Nearly 100 drivers took part in the competition. Each competed in a specific school bus division, from large (type C and D) buses to smaller (type A) vans. The day began with a comprehensive written exam on school bus safety and went throughout the afternoon with drivers testing their skills with a variety of hands-on activities including, but not limited to: vehicle inspections, loading and unloading students, operating a school bus through various driving courses, managing railroad crossings, and more.
Amongst the winners was Samuel Auguste of Chestnut Ridge Transportation in Spring Valley [pictured].