California Association of School Transportation Officials

School Bus Safety Roadeos

The main focus of a School Bus Roadeo is SAFETY.

The more training and practice a driver has the safer he or she will be.

At the Roadeo drivers compete against each other using their skills in precision driving. Each event is either timed or measured to determine the score. The events consist of an obstacle course which includes backing, parallel parking, student loading/unloading, right and left hand turns, and written exams on rules and regulations and vehicle inspection

Roadeo is a great skill builder that is beneficial to the drivers, the company, school district and the students that ride the bus.

The 66th Edition Roadeo Book 2019.pdf


From the CASTO State Roadeo Chair

Well it’s that time of year again... It’s ROADeO season. We are looking forward to an amazing year of competition. There are not many changes (this year) in the roadeo book for 2019. However, we do have a couple of things to remind you about.  This year Roadeo competition will go back to the usual format of three separate State Roadeos. The Northern Sectional on the 27th of April at the Galt Market, the Southern Sectional on the 11th of May at the Irwindale Speedway, and the 30th Annual California State Championship Roadeo (for those that have qualified at one of the Sectional Roadeos) on the 26th of May at the Galt Market.

Please be sure that you double check your applications for accuracy (especially in regards to competitor categories). Some of the applications this past year had missing or misinformation causing a delay in registering the competitor. Late registrations will not be accepted.  Drivers that compete in a bus that is wider than the standard 96 inches in width (IE. 102 inch bus), we will be adjusting the course events of Backup Stall and Offset Alley. These two events will be set up to grant the same amount of space closest to the nearest inch the vehicle exceeds the width of 96 inches. This adjustment will insure the course remains equal for all competitors.

For the Best Represented Category, we will be returning to the past standard of judging the equipment. For those of you that may be competing in this category, please ensure that you have looked over the rules carefully. There are rules in the book that can cause a disqualification in the Best Represented category. We don’t want to see anyone disqualified for not knowing a rule.

The State Roadeo committee members and I would like to thank all of the Competitors, for your commitment to safety. When you decide to compete in School Bus Safety Roadeo you dedicate part of your life and a lot of your time to make yourself a better driver. School Bus Safety Roadeos make a good driver better and great drivers amazing. You are doing all you can to help keep students, and the motoring public safer. We would also like to send a special thank you to the Judges, the families and friends... For without you and your support the drivers would not be here.

Thank you,

Doug Smith
CASTO State Roadeo Chair

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