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UltraLED acquires LED lighting company
January 21, 2014
Texas-based UltraLED Lighting Inc. announces the asset purchase of an undisclosed, privately held LED lighting company. Officials say that the acquisition increases UltraLED Lighting’s product offerings across all fleet vehicle categories and the aftermarket 12-volt industry with more than 75 new product SKUs.
Tags: lighting
Students to be transported on buses with seat belts after accident
January 17, 2014
Starting with the 2014-15 school year, the buses used at Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, Mo., will be equipped with three-point seat belts, and a monitor will be on board to make sure that the students are strapped in. Officials make the decision after 22 students were injured last year when their bus tipped onto its side en route to a camp.
Report: Blue Bird propane bus performs well in cold temps
January 17, 2014
Officials from school districts and bus companies on the East Coast and in the Midwest report easy starting, quick warm-up and quiet operation of the propane Vision school buses in their fleets during the recent cold snap. Blue Bird says propane autogas’ natural properties keep the fuel in a constant liquid form, free from freezing or gelling, and the liquid form provides better control of the air-to-fuel ratio, resulting in excellent start-up dependability.
Trans Tech all-electric bus passes certification in California
January 17, 2014
The SSTe is now legal to operate in the state after passing the California Highway Patrol’s certification, and the first bus is scheduled to go to Kings Canyon Unified School District in Reedley, Calif. Officials for Trans Tech Bus say the SSTe is scheduled to start full production later this year.
Report: School bus driver faulted in fatal Idaho crash
January 16, 2014
In last month's school bus crash near Kuna, Idaho, investigators reportedly believe that the bus driver stopped at a stop sign and then pulled into the path of an approaching dump truck. One student was killed and four others were injured in the collision at a rural intersection.
District cracks down on bus drivers parking at home
January 16, 2014
An audit finds that of Jefferson County (Ala.) School District’s 400 buses, drivers are taking 61 of them home each day to places farther than their bus route, adding nearly $172,000 in fuel costs. The deputy superintendent is talking with drivers about finding a more cost-efficient place to park their buses.
Former U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood joins infrastructure coalition
January 16, 2014
Ray LaHood, who stepped down from his post at the helm of the U.S. Department of Transportation last year, is named a co-chair of Building America’s Future. The coalition works to raise awareness about the need to invest in the nation’s roads, bridges, airports, rails and ports.
STI subsidiary takes over Atlantic Express’ California operations
January 15, 2014
Student Transportation Inc. (STI)’s SchoolWheels Direct will manage the California school transportation business of Atlantic Express until an asset purchase agreement is closed. Under the court-approved asset purchase agreement, Student Transportation of America (another STI subsidiary) may purchase Atlantic Express’ California assets, contingent on receiving various school district consents and final negotiations.
Seon makes ‘school bus safety predictions’ for 2014
January 15, 2014
In a new post on the video surveillance provider’s blog, Seon Marketing Coordinator Tia O’Grady discusses the company’s outlook on such pertinent issues as school bus routing and tracking software, surveillance technology and bullying.
Lynn Martin to leave NAPT
January 15, 2014
Martin, who has served as the association’s marketing and communication specialist since 2006, has taken a position closer to home. Her last day at NAPT will be Jan. 24.
Tags: NAPT
Utah bill would provide $20M for alt-fuel school buses
January 15, 2014
House Bill 41 would allow the state Board of Education to award a grant to a school district or charter school to replace a school bus manufactured before 2002 with a bus that uses compressed natural gas, propane or clean diesel fuel. The grant could also be used to install an alternative-fuel fueling station and to retrofit an operation’s maintenance facility to service alternative-fuel school buses.
FMCSA: CDL drivers still have to self-certify by Jan. 30
January 14, 2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes a final rule that extends by one year the requirement for interstate commercial drivers to have paper copies of their medical examiner’s certifications with them while operating their vehicle. However, the deadline for CDL drivers to self-certify their status (interstate or intrastate, exempt or non-exempt) is still Jan. 30, 2014.
Tags: CDL, FMCSA
3 steps to bolster safety for school motorcoach trips
January 14, 2014
North Carolina state pupil transportation director Derek Graham reports on FMCSA's recent Bus Safety Roundtable and shares a three-step approach that schools and school districts can use to improve student safety when chartering motorcoaches for school trips.
Minnesota association launches live stream of meetings
January 14, 2014
Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation members who can't make it to Wednesday's committee meetings in person will have another option: tuning in online. A live stream will be available on YouTube, even allowing web viewers to submit questions.
Tags: Minnesota
Student who took over bus from drunk driver up for award
January 13, 2014
The Ontario Provincial Police nominates Brianne St. Onge for a citizen’s award for ordering her school bus driver, who appeared to be drunk, to pull over and hand her the keys while she called police from her cell phone last June. Driver Keith Rawson’s Breathalyzer test showed he had nearly three times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.
Holland Bus Co. invests more than $1M to expand facility
January 13, 2014
The Michigan-based dealership for Blue Bird Corp. now features over 9,000 square feet of service space, including six new service bays dedicated to school buses, 8,000 square feet for body repairs, 5,000 square feet of parts inventory and 3,000 square feet dedicated to sales support. Officials say the expansion accommodates the growing demand for Blue Bird school bus sales, and parts and service support.
STERI-FAB kills bugs and mold, disinfects surfaces
January 13, 2014
STERI-FAB is an EPA-registered product from Noble Pine Products Co. that kills bedbugs, lice, ticks and many other insects, as well as mold, mildew and bacteria, while also disinfecting the area where it is applied. Company officials say it can be applied without dilution, and it does not leave a residue.
District must bus student to both parents’ homes
January 10, 2014
The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania rules that a school district in Lancaster must provide the service to the student from both of his divorced parents’ homes, upholding an older ruling by a county judge who found that the district was violating the state Public School Code by refusing to provide such service. The Commonwealth Court judge notes that the school bus that serves the neighborhood has empty seats and could accommodate the boy without adding another stop along its route.
New tire mask helps refurbish wheels
January 10, 2014
The Minimizer Tire Mask kit comes with a mask that protects tires from paint and primer overspray. The mask installs on the outside of the rim, covering the tire, so the entire rim can be sprayed with a primer and paint.
Tags: tires
Missing 4-year-old found after spending day at wrong school
January 9, 2014
The Toronto boy reportedly boarded the wrong bus on Monday morning and was taken to a school that was not the one he attended. Hours after police issued an alert that the 4-year-old was missing, he is located at the wrong school, where he may have been mistaken for a new student.

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