The following statement was released by the Lakewood Student Transportation Authority.
The LSTA highest priority is the safety of the students.
With this in mind, it is imperative to note that there is a current climate of negativity against bus drivers and bus companies. This is and will continue running drivers out of town. Social media has been endlessly beating down on bus companies which has a negative impact on driver retention. We will not be able to sustain drivers leaving us an-mass. It has and will continue directly impact runs, timing and more.
In our continued commitment to safety, The LSTA will be adding a dedicated extension to report safety issues. Any calls that come in will be shared with the Lakewood Traffic & Safety Division as well as the vendors. Vendors are careful about their safety protocols and processes and have insurance policies that sky rocket with every accident. Everyone wants the same thing – Safety, Safety, Safety.
A point of interest to keep in mind – in a normal year at this point in the year, about 98% of students are on bus routes, this year, with the current driver shortage, only 93% of students are on bus routes. This percentage is actually higher than we would anticipate with the current challenges.
Please help us get the word out that (1) Safety is everyone’s priority (2) call in any safety related issues (3) bus drivers are not the enemy, they are needed and need to be respected and thanked.