5 Ways to Optimize Pedestrian Safety: Waste Advantage Magazine

The September issue of Waste Advantage magazine includes an article how technology can be used to prevent accidents and improve pedestrian safety around waste management vehicles. This article features technology available from a number of Safe Fleet brands, including Fleetmind, Rear View Safety, Seon, and Specialty manufacturing.Technology showcased to make streets safer for pedestrians includes smart displays and safety dashboards, backup cameras and around vehicle monitoring systems, strobe lights, and vehicle sensor systems.

The article also lists five main strategies to improve safety:

  • Eliminate vehicle blind spots
  • Ensure visibility around the vehicle
  • Keep trucks in good working order
  • Use technology to encourage driver safety
  • Maximize pedestrian alerts

Click here to view the entire article and learn more.



Safe Fleet School Bus Safety Solutions For a Safer Ride

Safe Fleet brands keep students safe and secure on the bus and at the bus stop.  See how we help protect students, prevent accidents, and deliver real-time fleet information to transportation teams to help them make better decisions, faster.

Safe Fleet Launches “I Heart Kindness” Coloring and Poster Contests

Safe Fleet launched their fourth annual United Against Bullying (UAB) Coloring Contest on Monday, July 10, 2017. A new poster contest has been included this year for older students. School-age children can submit entries until midnight October 31, 2017 to win prizes and money to help their schools start and sustain programs to spread kindness.

“Statistics continue to report that bullying incidents peak in middle schools,” said Bob Parks, Safe Fleet’s VP of Human Resources and UAB Executive sponsor. “We’ve added the UAB Poster Contest this year to inspire middle and high school students to start conversations about kindness and bullying and to express their feelings through art.”

The UAB Program is the social campaign of Safe Fleet, the leading provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles. Safe Fleet’s divisions across North America continue to support the Program by sharing the contests within their communities.

This year’s theme for the contests is “I HEART Kindness.” Why? Because kindness increases happiness which increases well-being, empathy, and self-esteem. The contests focus on kindness to empower students and help stop bullying.

All students in the US and Canada are eligible to participate. There are prizes for the winners, runner-ups, and the winners’ schools to help support their kindness or anti-bullying initiatives. Detailed information, rules and regulations, and the Coloring Contest sheet can be found at: www.unitedagainstbullying.net/contests

For more information about this release, please contact:

Teresa Lynne
United Against Bullying Program Coordinator


Safe Fleet Announces Winners of $50,000 in Anti-Bullying Grants

BELTON, MO (April 24, 2017) – The 2017 United Against Bullying (UAB) Grant Program closed on Friday, March 31st. The annual Grant received a total of 121 applications, up 23% from last year. A total of 35 school districts and community organizations have been selected to receive grant funding this year with awards ranging from $100 to $3500 each.

“The sheer volume as well as the quality of the proposals made the selection of winners a difficult task,” said Bob Parks, Safe Fleet’s VP of Human Resources, and UAB Executive Sponsor. “We hope this funding will help kick-start new programs to end bullying and help those organizations already doing great work to grow their initiatives.”

The UAB Program is the social campaign of Safe Fleet, the leading provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles. UAB Coordinators and teams from divisions of Safe Fleet in Canada and the US were active in outreach for the Grant Program.

“We are encouraged by the in-depth planning and programming proposed by grant applicants,” says John R. Knox, President and CEO of Safe Fleet. “It is a testament to the commitment of educators and administrators to help youth navigate the potential dangers of bullying, and empower them to succeed at school and in their communities.”

Grant winners’ proposals included strategies to understand what bullying is and how to handle it from the point of view of the bully, the bullied, or the bystander; programs that teach SEL skills (social and emotional learning); school-wide awareness events; art and poetry contests; and transportation departments requesting school bus equipment and training on bullying for bus drivers. The proposals were diverse and well-written with the safety and well-being of students as the clear priority.

2017 United Against Bullying Grant Winners

Banning Unified SD, California

Barren County SD 21, Kentucky

Beekman Charter School, Louisiana

Benjamin Cosor Elementary School, Fallsburg Central SD, New York

Blenheim Bus Lines, Ontario

Cahokia Unit SD 187, Illinois

Carlinville Community Unit School District #1, Illinois

Chadwick R-1 SD, Missouri

Charlotte Mecklenburg County SD, North Carolina

Cottage Grove Middle School, South Washington County Schools, Minnesota

Fordland R-III SD, Missouri

Green Forest SD, Arkansas

Helen Keller Junior High School, Schaumburg SD 54, Illinois

High Mount SD 116, Illinois

Highland Central SD, New York

International Bullying Prevention Association, Michigan

Midway R-1 SD, Missouri

Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School, Minnesota

PeaceMaker Minnesota, Minnesota

Rachel’s Challenge, Colorado

Reach Child and Youth Development Society, British Columbia

Sit With Us, Inc., California

Smithtown High School East, Smithtown Central SD, New York

St. Louis Public SD, Missouri

Stand Strong USA Inc., DBA Be Strong, Florida

Stevens Point Area SD, Wisconsin

Tackan Elementary School, Smithtown Central SD, New York

Tarkio R-I SD, Missouri

Uvalde Consolidated Independent SD, Texas

Vallo Transportation Ltd., New York

Washington Middle School, SD of Washington, Missouri

Wayne County SD, North Carolina

Worthington City Schools, Ohio

Wynford Elementary School, Wynford Local Schools, Ohio

Zadok Casey Middle School, Illinois

Awards and certificates will be mailed in May. Congratulations and thank you to all of the winners and to everyone who has conversations with young people on kindness and bullying.

About Safe Fleet

Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet owns a portfolio of brands that provide safety solutions to fleet vehicle manufacturers and operators around the world.  These brands serve several major markets including: Bus, Rail and RV, Truck and Trailer, Work Truck, Emergency, Waste, and Industrial and Military.  With over 1,100 employees and 10 manufacturing locations, Safe Fleet targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger, and pedestrian safety. For more information about Safe Fleet and our portfolio of brands please visit www.safefleet.net.


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For more information about this release, please contact:

Teresa Lynne
United Against Bullying Program Coordinator


Safe Fleet Releases a New and Improved Stop Arm Defender Series

Stop Arm Defender

BELTON, MO (March 6, 2017) – Specialty Manufacturing, a Safe Fleet brand, is pleased to announce the release of their new and improved Defender Electric Stop Arm for the school bus market. Equipped with a new intelligent drive system, the product offers superior durability and reliability to reduce illegal pass-bys and ensure student safety. The Defender Electric Stop Arm will replace the 7 Series Stop Arm to reduce wind flutter and overall maintenance costs for fleets.

New Intelligent Drive System

The new intelligent stop arm drive system includes a new motor with 200% more torque than previous versions, and a sealed design for increased reliability and reduced downtime. An integrated closed loop controller with motor encoder improves deployment accuracy. Obstruction detection technology helps prevent blade damage and eliminates premature motor failures.

Heavy Duty Design

A new heavy duty design features a 30% thicker blade, and an increased bend radii to improve strength and durability. A hinge arm with a heavier gauge and single piece component further increases the strength of the stop arm while improving its overall aesthetic.

Increase in Warranty Period

The new Defender Series Stop Arm comes with an increase in warranty period from a previous 2 year warranty now to 3 years which reduces the total overall cost of ownership.

“Defender Electric is an excellent addition to our line of school bus safety products. Its innovative design and improved reliability will help our customers reduce maintenance costs and at the same time ensure safety of students outside the bus,” explained Douglas Campbell, National Account Manager, School Bus. “The new product also comes with some options one of which is a new wind guard. This feature will be beneficial for high wind states where weather conditions and high traveling speed of buses usually increase the stop arm wear.”

The Defender Series Electric Stop Arm is now available to the school bus market across the United States and Canada.

Detailed information about the new product is available on the official Safe Fleet web site.

About Specialty Manufacturing

Located in Charlotte, NC, Specialty Manufacturing is part of the larger Safe Fleet Bus & Rail family.  The brand is the dominant manufacturer of stop and crossing arms for school buses.  It also manufactures step treads for school and transit bus applications.  To learn more visit www.safefleet.net/busandrail.  Or, to learn about the portfolio of brands owned by Safe Fleet Bus & Rail’s parent company, Safe Fleet, visit www.safefleet.net.

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For more information about this release please contact:

Chris Fox
Product Manager, Safe Fleet

704.247.9300 x1241