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NASDPTS issues reports on school bus security
August 1, 2004

THE PLAINS, Va. — The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) has released two reports addressing se...

Bus A/C Delivers More Integrated, Safer Products
June 1, 2004

As technology improves and demand for chilled school buses rises, more and more of the yellow vehicles are being outfitted with air conditioning syste...

Effective Ways to Train Drivers on Rail-Crossing Safety
June 1, 2004

The need for transportation managers to emphasize rail-crossing safety in school bus driver training is imperative. Drivers must be taught that one mi...

Ninth-grader wins state bus safety speech title
June 1, 2004

OKLAHOMA CITY — With a speech titled “Do I Have to Ride the Bus Today?,” a ninth-grade student won the fifth annual Oklahoma State School Bus S...

Student's quick thinking saves lives
April 1, 2004

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An 11-year-old boy has been hailed as a hero after he prevented a bus from crashing into trees and landing in a creek when th...

Updated van use survey released
April 1, 2004

THE PLAINS, Va. — A state-by-state survey on the use of 12- and 15-passenger vans to transport students to and from school or on school-related...

Bus bond falls 9 votes short
April 1, 2004

MACOMB, Okla. — By a mere nine votes, voters failed to pass a school bond that would have financed the purchase of three buses to replace the o...

New guidance on 'crashed' car seats offered by NHTSA
April 1, 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After performing research on child safety seat performance, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has f...

9 votes shy of a load
April 1, 2004

Nine votes. That’s what it came down to in Macomb, Okla., in a November 2003 bond measure that would have allowed the local school district to purchas...

Bus driver pleads guilty in Tennessee rail tragedy
March 1, 2004

BENTON, Tenn. — Rhonda Cloer, the driver in a Tennga, Ga., school bus accident in which three children were killed, has been sentenced to a four-year ...

Omaha crash caused by road hazards
March 1, 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal investigators say several factors, including the bus driver’s lack of familiarity with the handling of the vehicle, were in...

Are we talking about a Band-Aid solution?
February 1, 2004

Should bus drivers and aides be required to undergo training in First Aid and CPR? That’s the question we posed in a recent Web Poll at www....

A spectacular show at the Salt Palace
December 1, 2003

If you didn’t have a chance to attend this year’s conference and trade show of the National Association for Pupil Transportation, you missed a great o...

12 killed in 'danger zone' in 2002-03
December 1, 2003

TOPEKA, Kan. — Twelve children were killed while getting on or off a school bus during the 2002-03 school year, a drop of one fatality from the pr...

Transmission Control System Improves Safety, Ergonomics
November 1, 2003

A new shift-by-wire transmission control reduces from four to two the number of hand-eye motions typically required to bring a school bus to a stop to...

Lessons of a tragedy
November 1, 2003

Balancing the needs of a fleet can be daunting. Does your greatest vocational fear stem from a potential need to respond to a school bus collision? If...

Oversized carry-ons create lurking danger on buses
October 1, 2003

Not unlike many other states, Tennessee pupil transportation practices concerning items that can be transported on a school bus are on a slippery slop...

Where there's fire, there's smoke
October 1, 2003

Did you read the headline closely? If so, you should have noticed that it’s "reversed." The proper cliché, if there is such a thing, is "Where there's...

New type of school bus has great potential
September 1, 2003

Now that the nation’s fleet of 450,000 school buses is again embracing the challenge of transporting 24 million children to and from school each day, ...

The Old and New in School Bus Mirror Systems
August 1, 2003

School bus mirrors are a critical safety system, and failure to use or adjust them properly can have tragic consequences. Of course, proper mirror usa...

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