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IC Bus unveils new shuttle bus
September 29, 2010
The AC Series is the first fully integrated small shuttle bus from the manufacturer.
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District adds six hybrid buses to fleet
September 28, 2010
Columbus (Ohio) City Schools received funding of more than $1.1 million to replace old school buses. The new hybrid diesel-electrics were added to the district’s fleet last month.
Bus driver faces felony charge for alleged DUI
September 28, 2010
Police pulled over Timothy Radliff last week after a motorist reported that he was driving his bus erratically while four children were on board. Authorities say that Radliff told them he had taken prescription painkillers, but the man’s attorney said he does not believe that he was under the influence while on the job.
Transportation secretary: Distracted driving study is ‘misleading’
September 28, 2010
U.S. DOT chief Ray LaHood is referring to a report released on Tuesday by the Highway Loss Data Institute that questions the effectiveness of anti-texting while driving laws to improve traffic safety. LaHood said that the report fails to reconcile with previous research supported by the institute that shows that drivers are four times as likely to crash if using a hand-held device while driving.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood hugs FocusDriven founder Jennifer Smith as the Distracted Driving Summit closes. State director Derek Graham attended and saw similarity between FocusDriven and the American School Bus Council.
Photo by Julie Fischer, DOT
Dispatch from the Distracted Driving Summit
September 28, 2010
At the national summit last week, North Carolina state pupil transportation director Derek Graham had a realization about the school bus industry’s cause. He describes the experience in this editorial.
Middle school students end up walking among the vehicles in the bus loop looking for the correct bus.
Video: District plans bus loop redesign to improve safety
September 28, 2010
Hyde Park (N.Y.) Central School District has created an information page on its Website featuring its proposed plan to redesign the bus loop at its middle school. The page includes minutes from public input meetings and a video illustrating the district's motivations for the redesign.
Children hit by passing cars in similar accidents last week
September 28, 2010
Two illegal passing incidents occurred on Friday last week: one in Indiana, one in North Carolina. In both cases, the children struck by oncoming vehicles survived. In Indiana, the 18-year-old motorist is said to have been using her cell phone at the time of the accident.
Durham School Services wins Mississippi contract
September 28, 2010
The contractor began providing student transportation services to Hinds County School District on Aug. 11. The 105 new buses are equipped with air conditioning systems, GPS, video cameras and electronic child-check reminder systems to help ensure student safety.
At the upcoming NAPT conference in Portland, Ore., James Jones will participate in a panel discussion about bullying. After his 12-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy was harassed, Jones stormed her school bus.
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Dad who confronted bus bullies to speak at NAPT
September 23, 2010
After his 12-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy was harassed, James Jones boarded her school bus. Video footage shows him threatening bus passengers and the driver. At the NAPT conference, Jones will participate in a panel discussion about bullying.
Sir Moir Lockhead will retire from FirstGroup plc on March 31, 2011, after 21 years as chief executive.
FirstGroup plc chief executive to retire
September 23, 2010
Sir Moir Lockhead, who has been with the company for 21 years, will hand over executive responsibilities on Nov. 1 and retire on March 31, 2011. He will assist the company and his successor, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Tim O'Toole, in the transition.
AAA: Texting while driving doubles after Calif. ban
September 23, 2010
Texting and use of devices has jumped to 2.7 percent of drivers at any time, with young women the most frequent violators. Current penalties are inadequate to deter the behavior, officials say.
Student Transportation achieves best fiscal year in its history
September 23, 2010
Revenues increased 17 percent to $267.2 million over the previous year, Chairman and CEO Dennis Gallagher said. A conference call held today will be archived on the company's Website.
In June, five members of Congress and a senator wrote a joint letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner asking him to clarify the federal fuel tax exemption policy for school bus operators. Geithner responded in July and stated that the law does not limit the exemption based on size of a school bus.
School bus operators still eligible for fuel tax exemptions
September 22, 2010
After some IRS offices challenged operators’ claims of exemptions for smaller school buses earlier this year, the NSTA presented the issue to members of Congress, who asked Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to clarify the tax policy. Geithner stated that the law does not limit the fuel tax exemption based on size of the bus, and the IRS cases have been dismissed.
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Retired bus to be converted into mobile rehab center
September 22, 2010
The Putnam County Schools bus will be outfitted with an air conditioning system, an onboard generator, pre-piped oxygen connections and a refrigerator. Local fire department officials hope to accommodate up to 12 people in the vehicle to provide medical services.
From 1978-81, Stan Scheer was an assistant superintendent at Eaton (Colo.) School District. Here, he recounts how his school bus operation delved into compressed natural gas.
Making CNG history
September 22, 2010
A long time ago in a small school district in Colorado, Stan Scheer spearheaded a groundbreaking move. Scheer, now superintendent of a California district, recounts here how his school bus operation delved into compressed natural gas.
Scholarship offered to attend 2011 special-needs event
September 21, 2010
The scholarship from American Logistics Co. fully funds the cost of travel, lodging, registration fees and some meals for next year’s National Conference & Exhibition on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers. Applicants must be a current employee of a school district or Head Start and serve in a transportation or related service position.
Former Maine state director will discuss service to districts
September 21, 2010
At the Transfinder booth at the ASBO convention this weekend, Richard Soules will give two presentations on how Maine is delivering transportation management services at no cost to school districts.
Parents push for stronger illegal bus passing law
September 20, 2010
During the upcoming Mississippi legislative session, Lori and Andy Key will re-introduce a bill that would raise fines for first-time offenders to $500 to $5,000 and incur a 30-day driver’s license suspension. “Nathan’s Law” — named after their son, who was killed in a bus passing incident — was introduced in January, but died in committee.
Kentucky districts take delivery of Thomas Built hybrids
September 20, 2010
Twenty Saf-T-Liner C2e hybrid school buses are being sent to 13 districts, with the last delivery scheduled for Oct. 15. The buses were purchased through a $12.9 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to the state, which will allow for the replacement of up to 200 of its oldest buses throughout the next school year.
LaHood unveils 2009 distracted driving fatality, injury numbers
September 20, 2010
The proportion of fatalities associated with driver distraction increased from 10 percent to 16 percent between 2005 and 2009, NHTSA reports. The under-20 age group had the greatest proportion of distracted drivers.

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