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BusConduct celebrates 10 years of bus safety
June 15, 2010
Since 2000, the Web-based application has been used to help discipline over 78,000 students nationwide, resulting in increased school bus safety and happier bus drivers, company officials say.
Michigan bill would increase illegal passing penalties
June 15, 2010
Introduced in the House this month, the bill would double fines for motorists who pass a stopped school bus. Drivers who cause an injury or death in a school bus zone would receive prison terms.
Apollo Video to outfit nearly 700 buses with surveillance system
June 14, 2010
The RoadRunner video surveillance system will be installed on the school buses, operated by First Student for Buffalo (N.Y.) Public Schools. The system integrates GPS capabilities, allowing for synchronization with the video. Each bus will also be equipped with cameras and audio recording abilities.
No mechanical issues in fatal bus crash
June 8, 2010
The school bus driver tells investigators that a car crossed the line and forced her off the road. One student died and others were injured in the Ohio crash last week.
Vermont becomes 27th state to ban texting while driving
June 3, 2010
The new law, effective June 1, prohibits drivers of all ages from texting. It imposes a $100 penalty for the first violation and a $250 penalty for repeat violations that occur within a two-year period.
6-year-old dies in school bus crash
June 3, 2010
The bus drove off the right side of the road, struck a utility pole and rolled over. One student was killed in the Ohio crash; the driver and six other passengers were injured.
U.S. DOT launches 'Click It or Ticket' campaign
June 1, 2010
Set to run from May 24 through June 6, the campaign will involve publicity efforts and more than 10,000 police agencies.
School district to increase bus service
May 27, 2010
At a time of widespread transportation cuts, ISD 196 in Minnesota came up with a plan to offer school bus service for a fee to students who aren’t currently eligible. The school board approved the proposal on Monday, and it will go into effect next year.
Online registration available for NAPT Summit
May 27, 2010
Industry members can register for the Portland, Ore., event on the association’s Website. The Summit will include a two-day trade show and variety of workshops on such topics as managing human resources and developing an effective maintenance plan. Professional Development Series courses will also be offered.
Large Bus Showcase 2010
May 27, 2010

Along with details on the latest Type C and D models, we spotlight three exemplary school bus dealerships. Read about their interesting histories, their commitment to the customer and their insights on the 2010 engine technology.

IMMI official honored for child injury prevention efforts
May 26, 2010
Charlie Vits receives the Child Safety Advocate Award from Safe Kids Indiana and the Automotive Safety Program for his role in developing IMMI’s SmartFrame technology for school bus seating and educating industry professionals about the value of restraint systems on buses.
Trucker gets 3 years in fatal bus crash
May 25, 2010
The tractor-trailer driver was allegedly using his cell phone before ramming into a stopped school bus in Florida in 2008. The fiery collision took the life of a 13-year-old student and injured several others.
Detroit student who stuck head out of bus window dies
May 24, 2010
The fifth-grade girl had just boarded the bus after school was dismissed. As the bus pulled away, her head hit a tree branch.
Cop accused of stop-arm running won’t be charged
May 20, 2010
A school bus driver and another witness say they saw the police car — without its lights or siren on — drive by the bus while it was unloading a student. But the district attorney says an investigation found “reasonable doubt” that a violation had occurred.
NAPT unveils revamped Website
May 20, 2010
The new Website features easy access to the association’s communication, leadership, education, advocacy and resource projects, as well as enhanced registration tools for the NAPT Summit.
School bus catches fire on California freeway
May 20, 2010
Motorists help evacuate students as the bus becomes engulfed in flames. Two children suffer from smoke inhalation, but no one is seriously injured. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the fire.
Seat belt bill eyed in Ohio
May 18, 2010
Beginning in 2014, new school buses would have to be equipped with lap-shoulder belts. Operators would not be held liable if passengers don’t buckle up.
Driver with heart attack stops bus before busy intersection
May 14, 2010
A school bus driver was able to steer his bus into a concrete retaining wall, stopping the vehicle while he began to have a heart attack. The driver reportedly told his passengers to brace themselves before the crash.
NYAPT pushes for harsher illegal-passing penalties
May 11, 2010
The pupil transportation group is advocating the passage of a package of legislation that would create a crime of vehicular homicide when an individual kills a child under the age of 15 while passing a stopped school bus, assist in educating motorists on the dangers of such incidents and establish a means to assist in prosecuting violators.
NavStar to bring safety technology offering to school bus market
May 11, 2010
NavStar has engaged Westar Capital II LLC to assist in providing equipment, software and related services to the school bus segment that are able to spot and record any potential threats both inside and outside of the vehicle.

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