Working with a private bus transportation service to handle transit for school students is an excellent solution that contains costs while keeping quality high. School administrators, however, have an ethical and moral obligation to ensure they are contracting with the best possible provider for the job. There are features administrators can look for to help them find the best possible service for the job.
When seeking a school bus transport service to take over student transit for a campus or multiple locations, these features indicate a reputable company:
- An unyielding commitment to safety – Considering the precious cargo carried, school bus transit services must have a track record of safety in order to be considered a good hire. This commitment will include ensuring that drivers are highly trained, have safe records behind the wheel and have been properly background checked to work with students. In addition, a commitment to safety should extend to the quality of the fleet. Buses used in school routes should be properly maintained, clean and comfortable. A routine maintenance program should be in place that is rigidly adhered to.
- Logistical expertise – Mapping out efficient and safe school bus routes in a metro area the size of Singapore requires logistical expertise. The best transport services have years of experience in the industry and within the region itself.
- Professional standing – The better school bus transport services stay on top of industry trends by maintaining professional affiliations. The best services are members of such organizations as the Singapore School and Private Hire Bus Owners’ Association and the Singapore School and Transport Association. BizSAFE certification is also an important credential to consider.
- Reasonable pricing – While schools stand to save a great deal of money by contracting with private transport services instead of running bus operations in-house, a good contractor will not charge an unnecessarily high amount. Pricing should be competitive.
Hiring a school bus transport service to tackle student transit needs is an excellent way for administrators to contain costs. When making the hiring choice, however, it is important to look for services that put safety and reliability on the top of their priority lists.