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New Year's solutions
January 1, 2008

Now that 2007 has drawn to a close, take a moment to think back on the beginning of the year. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? And, if so, do ...

A history of innovation
November 1, 2007

Ever since motorized vehicles began taking over for horse-drawn carts in transporting pupils, many school bus manufacturers have come and gone.

B...

Q&A: NASDPTS' Derek Graham
November 1, 2007

In addition to his duties as state pupil transportation director for North Carolina, Derek Graham has spent the past year in one of the industry’s mor...

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Q&A: NAPT's Bill Tousley
November 1, 2007

When Bill Tousley began driving a school bus 30 years ago, he couldn’t have predicted that he’d one day become president of the National Association f...

Drivers Respond to Key Ergonomic Changes
November 1, 2007

Sheryl Ehrlich of Central School District 13J in Independence, Ore., has driven buses for 11 years. Being on the tall side, she found she needed more ...

8 Errors Good Transportation Managers Can Make
November 1, 2007

I am blessed with a wonderful family and terrific friends. A few of them hold positions as a postman, a police officer, an engineer, a teacher and an ...

Fine-Tuning Special-Needs Training Programs
November 1, 2007

The highest risk time for lift-bus collisions, employee or student injuries or other incidents is with new drivers. Drivers obtaining their CDLs are q...

School Board Members Speak Out on Transportation
November 1, 2007

Jerry E. Baldwin

Polk School District, Cedartown, Ga.
Some school district board members have a special connection to transpor...

Turning Your Worst Driver Into Your Best
November 1, 2007

Newspapers and television news shows often cover horror stories about school bus drivers gone bad. From bus crashes and student misbehavior caught on ...

Tackling School Bus Bullying
November 1, 2007

In August, students in an Ohio city were riding a school bus when a boy took a video game from one of his peers and taunted him. The boy attempted to ...

NAPT News & Views
November 1, 2007

Public policy program key part of strategic plan

The NAPT has long been an active and effective advocate for the pupil transportation indust...

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SMI expands bus flooring business
November 1, 2007

PINEVILLE, N.C. — A company better known for its line of roof hatches, stop arms and crossing arms, Specialty Manufacturing Inc. (SMI) has quietly bec...

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Veteran SBF editor resigns
November 1, 2007

TORRANCE, Calif. — Steve Hirano, former editor and associate publisher of SCHOOL BUS FLEET, has resigned his position to start up his own compa...

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Flag could hinder stop-arm runners
November 1, 2007

BENTON, La. — In an effort to thwart motorists who pass school buses while students are loading or unloading, a former transportation director invente...

Seat repair maintenance conquered
November 1, 2007

CLINT, Texas — Like many other school bus operators, Clint Independent School District (ISD) found that seat repair maintenance was taking a big bite ...

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Collins buys Corbeil assets
November 1, 2007

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — In a deal that promised to make North America’s largest producer of Type A school buses even larger, Collins Industries Inc. purcha...

Mother drives home danger zone message
November 1, 2007

NEOSHO, Mo. — No one is more aware of the danger zone’s deadly potential than Terri Wright and her family. In 2004, they lost 6-year-old Jacob when he...

District rebuilds bus fleet after fire
November 1, 2007

COULEE DAM, Wash. — A fire destroyed six buses, a driver’s ed vehicle, tires and auxiliary equipment at the Grand Coulee Dam School District’s transpo...

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FirstGroup closes Laidlaw acquisition
November 1, 2007

ABERDEEN, Scotland — FirstGroup PLC completed its acquisition of Laidlaw International Inc., making it the largest operator of school buses in North A...

Putting up a fight
November 1, 2007

One thing is clear about pupil transportation professionals: They want what’s best for the kids. If they are not fully convinced that equipping school...

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