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U.K. schools try on-board entertainment to combat bullying
March 5, 2010
The Denbighshire County Council in North Wales hopes to combat bullying and reduce noise and distractions for the bus driver.
District considers piloting new GPS, student tracking technology
March 5, 2010
Along with tracking equipment, a system by Volpe Industries Inc. includes cameras and a mini computer. A Massachusetts district may test the system, which has the ability to monitor buses, provide a view of the interior of buses, record all activity on board, track students with facial recognition and provide profile information for bus drivers.
Safety and the economy
March 2, 2010

Compromising safety because of cost is a shortsighted decision. It is important to remember that the value of a human life does not change in a recession.

Teacher, bus drivers subdue shooting suspect
February 26, 2010
Two Colorado students are expected to recover after being shot in front of their middle school on Tuesday. The alleged gunman, who now faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder, was disarmed by a math teacher and restrained with help from school bus drivers until police arrived.
Big jump in danger zone fatalities
February 23, 2010
Seventeen children were killed in school bus loading or unloading accidents in the 2008-09 school year, according to the Kansas State Department of Education’s national survey. It’s a large increase from the previous year’s total, five fatalities.
ASBC urges support for school bus education campaign
February 19, 2010
The council calls on its members, industry officials and others to ask their congressperson to sign a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The letter outlines the benefits of utilizing school buses and asks LaHood to dedicate agency funding for a public awareness campaign that promotes school bus transportation.
Volunteers clear paths to schools, bus stops
February 16, 2010
After last week’s historic snowfalls in the mid-Atlantic region, community members grabbed their shovels and pitched in to help schools reopen this week. Many are delaying start times to increase student safety.
Bus driver saves woman from burning house
February 16, 2010
After seeing the house while on a morning route, Jeremy Moses secured his bus and then helped the woman through a window on the side of the house just as the roof started to collapse.
Veteran bus driver to retire
February 11, 2010
Nancie Klein, an 80-year-old school bus driver who has worked for an Illinois district since 1971, will hang up her keys this week. Klein began her career on a dare and has transported generations of students.
DOT proposes changes to drug and alcohol testing regulations
February 9, 2010
The agency has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would align its regulated industry drug testing with the Department of Health and Human Services’ laboratory drug testing requirements. Proposed amendments include lowering cutoff levels for cocaine and amphetamines and conducting mandatory initial testing for heroin.
Study: Cell phone bans don’t cut crashes
February 9, 2010
A new report from the Highway Loss Data Institute finds no reduction in crashes after laws that ban hand-held phone use while driving go into effect. But the researchers point out that several studies have shown that phoning while driving increases crash risk.
NAPT Technology Showcase
February 9, 2010

Here’s a look at the latest in pupil transportation products that were on view at the NAPT trade show in Louisville, Ky. New technologies included high-intensity LED warning lights and a browser-based fleet maintenance system.

Program offers memorable lesson on bus safety
February 3, 2010
Professional rodeo clown Marvin Nash and his wife, Darlene, developed the Take Pride in Your Ride program, which promotes school bus safety and appreciation of the driver and fellow riders. Drivers are educated on the content and then teach it to students.
FMCSA clarifies texting ban
February 2, 2010
An agency official explains that the new texting ban for truck and bus drivers only applies to school bus drivers in limited cases. A forthcoming proposed rule may affect school bus drivers not currently covered.
ASBC encourages the public to ‘Love the Bus’
February 2, 2010
Students, parents and teachers can recognize and thank their school bus drivers this month as part of the Love the Bus program in a variety of ways, including making Valentine’s cards for the drivers. The program is also an opportunity for the public to learn about the environmental and safety benefits of school bus transportation.
Great Fleets Across America 2010
February 2, 2010

Our annual series is back as we profile five outstanding pupil transportation operations from around the nation. Find out how their safety practices, innovative training programs and open lines of communication have led them to succeed. 

Ignition interlocks on buses help child care agency enhance safety
February 1, 2010
Rainbow Chimes Inc. has had the device, which prevents a bus driver under the influence of alcohol from operating a vehicle, installed on its buses. Sens-O-Lock of America provided the ignition interlocks, which also prevent drivers from leaving the bus running in an attempt to bypass the system prior to returning to drive the bus.
Registration open for 15th NCST
January 26, 2010
Industry delegates can register for the National Congress on School Transportation through the NCST Website. An agenda for the event and proposed changes to its Writing Committee drafts are also available to view. Feb. 19 is the deadline to submit comments on the drafts.
School bus driver picks up lost child, sticks to protocol
January 19, 2010
Doretha Jackson, who has been a school bus driver for Lee County Public Schools for 11 years, said that when she saw the toddler walking alone down the street, she remembered her driver training.
Seat belt or hospital bed
January 19, 2010

A school bus driver needs to be buckled in so he doesn't get thrown out of his seat, but there are some drivers out there who seem to be ignoring this message, as evidenced by the fatal Huntsville, Ala., bus crash in 2006. The driver was not wearing his seat belt.

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