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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.

Do you know what safety is?
January 19, 2010

Safety is freedom from risk. Nearly every accident is caused by unsafe behaviors performed by the driver. Operations must identify what these behaviors are and use training and education materials to persuade drivers and managers to remove them.

State Directors Delve Into Bus Crash Details
January 15, 2010

Changing regulations, innovative state programs and transporting homeless students are also discussed during the annual NASDPTS conference in Louisville, Ky.

NAPT Summit Urges Engagement
January 15, 2010

National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) members heard a major theme emerge during the general sessions and seminars at the 2009 Summit: namely, that transportation is a key part of the education system, and the industry must take on and promote that role in order to achieve larger safety and educational goals.

NAPT News & Views
January 15, 2010

NHTSA is an agency of the Department of Transportation charged with promoting motor vehicle and highway safety. NTSB is an independent federal agency established to investigate transportation-related accidents.

Victims' families form distracted driving organization
January 14, 2010
FocusDriven, a direct outgrowth of September’s Distracted Driving Summit, is modeled after Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and aims to provide support for victims of accidents and their families.
High school students serve as bus monitors
January 12, 2010
In a pilot program designed by a D.A.R.E. police officer, juniors and seniors will ride the school bus with elementary school students to improve safety and reduce bullying incidents.
Top 10 Most Viewed Stories in 2009
January 11, 2010

Top viewed stories included  "Approaches to Protect Students in Loading Zones," "Restructuring Transportation for Tight Budgets," and "Strategies for Discipline Problems on the School Bus."

ASBC to present Web seminar on Love the Bus
January 8, 2010
SBF-hosted event on Jan. 13 will provide attendees with tips on how to hold engaging Love the Bus activities, how to receive media attention and ways that the American School Bus Council can support their efforts.
Report looks at lap belts in bus crash
January 5, 2010
The National Transportation Safety Board says the severity of injuries in a 2008 school bus rollover was mitigated by lap belts. The bus rolled at least twice, and the body separated from the chassis.
NHTSA proposes changes to safety standard for buses
December 30, 2009
The agency issues a proposal to amend FMVSS No. 217 to specify that the exterior handle for school bus rear emergency exit doors may be located opposite the door hinges, and to clarify the standard in regard to the number of force applications that are required to open a window or roof emergency exit.
Film on Prestonsburg bus crash to premiere
December 30, 2009
Documentary includes an interview with a survivor of the 1958 accident, which claimed 27 lives when a school bus plunged into the Big Sandy River.
NCST Writing Committee drafts available for comments
December 28, 2009
Writing Committee drafts for the 15th National Congress on School Transportation have been posted on the NCST Website. The deadline to submit comments, requests for additional changes or modifications, or new proposals is Feb.19.
Alabama state director discusses Huntsville crash report
December 15, 2009
Joe Lightsey says the accident emphasized the need for close monitoring and strong penalties to ensure that school bus drivers buckle up.
Police charge driver for rear-ending bus
December 15, 2009
A Massachusetts man is cited by state police for following too closely after his tractor-trailer struck the back of a school bus on a highway.
Child hit by car at bus stop, pedal misapplication cited
December 11, 2009
Police said that the 82-year-old driver of the car that passed the school bus accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake as she approached. The kindergartner later died at the hospital.

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