New York’s Best School Bus Drivers go head-to-head in Annual School Bus Safety Competition

Sponsored by the New York School Bus Contractors Association, the Gathering Draws New York’s Top Drivers and Student Safety Experts

Latham, N.Y. – The 44th Annual New York State School Bus Safety Competition, organized by the New York School Bus Contractors Association (NYSBCA), will be held at Rockland Lake State Park in Valley Cottage, N.Y., on Saturday May 16th, 2015. 

“As private pupil transportation providers our number one mission is ensuring a safe ride for the over one million children we transport to school every day,” said New York School Bus Contractors Association President Bob Pape. “This is a day where the best school bus drivers in the state have their daily driving skills put to the test.  By sharing their knowledge and competing in this event, they become even better drivers, and that helps make the ride even safer for the children we transport on our school buses.”

More than 100 drivers will take part in the competition.  Each will compete in a specific school bus division, including large (type C and D) buses to smaller (type A) vans. 

The day begins with a written exam on school bus safety at 8:15 AM and goes throughout the afternoon with driver’s testing their skills with a variety of hands-on situations from vehicle inspection, to loading and unloading students, to turning and stopping, railroad crossings and more.   

“Not only is the event extremely competitive, with a focus on student safety, it’s an incredible amount of fun for everyone involved,” said Pape.  “You can be certain that drivers that do well, or finish near or at the top of the competition, are truly the best-of-the-best.”

The winners of competition can choose to participate in the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) International School Bus Safety Competition in Minneapolis, MN on July 18th & 19th or the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) Safety Competition in Albany, N.Y. on July 11th.

About the New York School Bus Contractors Association: The Association is an organization representing over one hundred school transportation companies, also known as school bus contractors, with the primary mission of promoting safe, reliable and cost-effective student transportation services in New York State.  For more information visit: