Safety in Student Transportation: A Higher Ed Resource Guide

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Transportation accidents—many of them fatal—are among the highest risks that higher education institutions face. This report offers suggestions for improving safety in student transportation. For example, many accidents involve driver error. Solutions range from simple administrative steps to revamping transportation practices. Examples include:

  • Require a certain number of years or miles of driving experience
  • Check the driver’s motor vehicle record
  • Require training in defensive driving, van handling, trailer towing, accident protocols, and other topic
  • Limit the distance, number of hours, or number of passengers that students, or students under a certain age, may drive

In air travel, at least 200 students and accompanying staff have died in crashes since 1970. Institutions can reduce air travel risks associated with chartered and private planes by:

  • Prohibiting students and recruits from flying on donated flights
  • Prohibiting flying into forecasted hazardous weather
  • Developing standards for pilot qualifications, the number of pilots, and plane maintenance
  • Establishing clear authority for monitoring air safety
  • Limiting the number of key passengers on any one flight
  • Traveling only on scheduled commercial service

Read the report to learn more.


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