2019 Safety Competition HandbookPrint
49th Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition
2019 ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
1. The School Bus Driver International Safety Competition will be limited to a maximum of 100 contestants based on date of entries, unless the state approved competition has reserved space prior to the date of competition.
2. Each state or province is allowed a maximum of two contestants in each school bus class not to exceed a total of six (6) contestants per state as follows:
Transit Class, Type D – one public sector and one private sector driver for a total of 2 drivers.
Conventional Class, Type C – one public sector and one private sector driver for a total of 2 drivers.
Small Bus Class, Type A – one public sector and one private sector driver for a total of 2 drivers.
3. A driver may only enter one class of competition and/or one sector public or private. For example, if a driver/contestant competes for a public or private sector carrier at the state level and becomes eligible to advance to the International School Bus Driver Safety Competition, they must compete for the same carrier public or private they were employed by at the time they qualified at the state level. If they change employers after the State Competition and prior to the International Safety Competition they will not be eligible to compete even though they qualified at the State Competition.
4. Each state or province that has competition for conventional – Type C, transit – Type D and small bus – Type A can enter one public and one private sector contestants in each school bus class. The highest score in each school bus class for a public sector carrier and the highest score in each school bus class for a private sector carrier are eligible to compete in the International Competition. For Example, if the highest score in a school bus class e.g., type D, C or A in either sector (public or private) is not within the top 10 places of your State Competition, but is the highest overall score in a specific school bus class for that sector, (public or private) the individual with the highest score would be eligible to compete in the International School Bus Driver Safety Competition.
Eligibility in the International School Bus Driver Safety Competition is based on the competitors score not where they placed in the State’s Safety Competition.
“(YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PLACE IN THE TOP TEN OF YOUR STATE COMPETITION TO BE ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE IN THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL BUS DRIVER SAFETY COMPETITION)”
5. In order to be eligible for the International School Bus Safety Competition a driver/contestant must have competed in their state or province competition in the school bus class that they are entering in the International Competition within one (1) year prior to the International School Bus Driver Safety Competition. The state or province competition must include a driving course competition. A public or private sector school bus driver that only competes in a multi-state/regional or local school bus driver safety competition is not eligible to compete in the International School Bus Driver Safety Competition.
6. In states or provinces where the public and private sectors hold separate competitions, the individual with the highest score from their state or provincial competition in each school bus class will be eligible to compete. If the contestant with the highest score in their respective class, public or private, is unable to participate, the next highest place in that class may be eligible.
In states or provinces that hold two state/provincial level competitions that are open to both public and private sector drivers, the state/provincial competition that is primarily sponsored by the public sector (e.g. state/provincial agency/state/provincial association) may only select the individual from the public sector with the highest score in each school bus class. The state/provincial competition that is primarily sponsored by the private sector (e.g. state/provincial contractors association) may only select the individual from the private sector with the highest score in each school bus class. In no case will a state/province be eligible to send more than 6 drivers overall. If the contestant with the highest score in their respective class, public or private, is unable to participate, the next highest score in that class may be eligible.
In the case of a single competition, one winner in the same class, public or private will be allowed to participate representing the state or province. In the case of a private or public sector only competition, information must be provided that the competition was open to all private or public sector competitors in the state or province and properly advertised. If a state or province has only a public sector competition they will be limited to a maximum of three (3) public sector contestants, one from each school bus class. The same would apply to the private sector competition, a maximum of 3 contestants, one from each school bus class.
7. In order for a contestant to be accepted, NSTA must be provided with information on the date, location and a list by name, score and employer of three highest scoring public sector contestants in each school bus class and by name, score and employer of the three highest scoring private sector contestants in each school bus class. Drivers/contestants cannot be approved for competition, until this documentation is submitted by the appropriate State Agency/Association or State Competition Chairperson. This information should be submitted to NSTA immediately after the State Competition or as soon as possible.
8. In order to qualify for competition a driver must hold a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and meet any other licensing or certification requirement for a school bus driver from the State/Province where he/she is employed. In addition, he/she must not have had a preventable school bus accident (as defined by the National Safety Council Safe Driver Award Program) since September 1, 2018.
(Definition of a Preventable Accident) “An occurrence involving an employer owned or leased vehicle that results in an accident in which the driver in question failed to exercise every reasonable precaution to prevent it.”
9. No public entity or contractor winner will be eligible unless he/she meets the above criteria for State/Province Competition during the last year.
10. The International Competition will have the following class of competition:
• School Bus Transit – Type D
• School Bus Conventional – Type C
• Small School Bus – Type A
A contestant must enter the school bus class of competition in which he/she competed in during the state or province competition.
All contestants must report to the competition registration desk between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Contestants must report for orientation and testing by 6:00 p.m. on July 20, 2018. All contestants must report by 7:00 a.m. on July 21, 2019 for field competition. Registration and testing must be completed prior to 7:00 a.m. on July 21st in order to compete. The registration and testing location will be at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, Texas.
11. The location of the driving competition will be announced at registration and contestant orientation.
12. The registration fee for each contestant is $50.00 (U.S. Currency). Do not send any money until your eligibility is confirmed. The fee will be refunded if the contestant is unable to attend and NSTA is notified by July 15, 2019.
13. State/Province competitions scheduled after June 27, 2019 may have spaces reserved for its eligible contestants by writing the NSTA office. The request must be in writing and state the number of spots to be reserved, (not to exceed six (6) contestants as follows: 1 public and 1 private sector contestant in the Transit Class, 1 public and 1 private sector contestant in the Conventional Class, and 1 public and 1 private sector contestant in the Small Bus Class) and the date of competition and name and phone number of the State/Province official contact.
14. DEADLINE for receiving contestant applications by NSTA officials is July 15, 2019. Contestant applications should be sent to NSTA officials within two days after the conclusion of the State/Provincial Competition. This will help ensure that contestant applications are received by NSTA officials well in advance of the application deadline.
Note: For questions regarding the 2019 International School Bus Safety Competition Entrance Requirements, please contact: