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Veteran Iowa school bus inspector retires
January 2, 2013
Owen Freese, a longtime inspector with the Iowa Department of Education, stepped down from his post on Dec. 31. He will now serve as executive director of the Iowa Pupil Transportation Association.
Ore. state director Steven Huillet to retire
November 30, 2012
During his tenure at the Oregon Department of Education, Huillet has worked on key developments to enhance school bus maintenance and safety, including a certification program for technicians to conduct annual inspections.
Zonar, NAPT award $50K equipment grant
October 30, 2012
The Transportation Joint Agreement operating at Crystal Lake (Ill.) School Districts 47 and 155 receives the grant at the 2012 NAPT Summit. Officials say the money will be used to outfit school buses with a combination of Zonar’s Electronic Vehicle Inspection Report, V3 telematics platform and ZPass.
Iowa DOT unveils school bus safety page on website
October 25, 2012
The page includes information on the danger zone around a school bus, the state law and penalties for illegally passing a stopped bus, driver training resources and more.
New Zonar tablet targets fleet inspection, efficiency
October 23, 2012
At the trade show on Tuesday, Zonar reveals its 2020 telematics tablet, which officials say is the first portable device to provide electronic inspection, hours-of-service, instant driver feedback, fuel efficiency, two-way messaging and advanced navigation in an open platform that allows fleets to integrate other systems and customize its use.
N.J. enhances school bus safety check tool
October 12, 2012
The new version of the School Bus Report Card, available online to parents from the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission, features improved search functions, and calculates and supplies the percentage of buses within a particular school yard or bus company that were either initially approved or put out of service. Motor Vehicle Commission Chairman and Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez says that the tool reinforces the importance of the state’s stringent bus inspection program.
2 school bus inspectors win key Iowa award
August 6, 2012
Owen Freese and Verlan Vos, who have both been inspecting Iowa’s school buses for 13 years, receive the prestigious Tom Horn Memorial Award. Though they initially encountered suspicion and anger when they started scrutinizing fleets, state pupil transportation director Max Christensen says that they persevered and have become "the best delegates of good will" in their agency.
Crossing arms mandated on new school buses in Minn.
July 12, 2012
All Minnesota school buses built after Jan. 1 of next year will have to be equipped with crossing arms, which deter kids from crossing too close to the front of the bus. State pupil transportation director Lt. Brian Reu discusses the bill that was passed and how it will impact school bus operations.
Zonar brings cost savings, efficiency boost to districts
July 5, 2012

Operations in Colorado and Ohio are using the company’s student tracking, school bus inspection and GPS solutions, and officials report these benefits in such areas as routing and bus maintenance. Two are also using the student tracking system for bus fee programs, and they are generating $300,000 and $1.2 million as a result.

88% of Mo. school buses approved in annual inspection
May 31, 2012
The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Motor Vehicle Inspection Division inspects 11,934 school buses, 10,538 of which receive approval. A total of 256 districts are awarded the distinction of Total Fleet Excellence for approval ratings of 90% or higher.
App aims to streamline bus inspections
April 10, 2012
Indiana troopers have been using paper forms with a checklist during school bus inspections, then manually entering the info into a database — which officials said is cumbersome. A university computer class came up with an idea for an online application that digitizes the process with the use of tablet devices.
Carroll retires, new Minn. state director named
March 20, 2012
Lt. Brian Reu is appointed the director of the state Office of Pupil Transportation Safety after Lt. Ed Carroll's retirement. Reu discusses his new role with SBF.
After bus fire, N.C. districts check for wiring issues
February 28, 2012
No one was injured in the Feb. 8 school bus fire, in which worn wire coverings were found to be a likely cause. State officials direct school transportation departments to perform special inspections to help prevent any further incidents.
Chinese officials study school bus safety in U.S.
November 3, 2011
During a visit to the Connecticut DMV, traffic security officials from the Chinese government learn about the state’s school bus safety program. DMV staff members perform a complete school bus inspection and discuss student transportation safety issues.
Police conducting thousands of surprise bus inspections
September 27, 2011
The two-week strike force targets motorcoaches, tour buses, school buses and other passenger vehicles across the country. It is launched on the same day as the federal government’s Motorcoach Safety Summit.
N.J. back-to-school event promotes bus safety
September 15, 2011
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission holds a safety event at the Egg Harbor Township Board of Education school bus maintenance garage to kick off its biannual school bus inspections. Director of Transportation Warren Fipp discusses the event, and the importance of the inspection program, with SBF.
How to position and use bus mirrors
September 15, 2011

Officials say the most important component of this effort is complying with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 111, which sets forth field-of-vision requirements. They also provide tips on establishing the danger zone around a bus so it is visible in the mirrors, and they discuss proper mirror adjustment.

Ohio district saves $110K with electronic inspection report
September 1, 2011
An executive summary from Zonar noted that the average time for Columbus City Schools bus drivers to complete an inspection was just under seven minutes, but the time budgeted was 15 minutes. Cutting the budgeted time to 10 minutes led to an annual savings of $110,000.
With end of Minnesota shutdown, bus inspections restart
July 21, 2011
State director Lt. Ed Carroll says that bus inspections should now resume as scheduled prior to the government shutdown. His office is working on a plan to catch up on the inspections that were missed over the past 21 days.
Bus inspections on hold during Minnesota shutdown
July 12, 2011
The state government halted at the beginning of July after legislators failed to agree on a new budget. At the Office of Pupil Transportation Safety, Lt. Ed Carroll and the tech sergeants are on duty and will respond to any crashes, but the bus inspectors are not working during the shutdown.

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