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Another push to raise school bus age limit in Tennessee
December 30, 2013
Four years ago, a bill that was passed in Tennessee raised the maximum age for school buses from 15 to 17 years. Now, officials in some counties are advocating another increase in the state’s limit on school bus service life.
Our pick for the best photo gallery of the year shows engaging emergency training at Houston Independent School District.
Editors’ picks: videos and photo gallery of the year
December 30, 2013
See the SBF staff's selections for the most interesting images and videos that appeared on our website in 2013. The top videos, both focused on student safety, demonstrate the "School Bus Jive" and the "School Bus Shuffle."
Photo by Lois Cordes
Top 10 most 'liked' stories on SBF's Facebook in 2013
December 30, 2013
Here, we share stories that piqued our followers' interest throughout the year. Topics ranged from stop-arm running to school bus safety to driver wellness to drivers who have logged many years behind the wheel.
Blue Bird names 2013 Dealer of the Year
December 23, 2013
The top honor goes to A-Z Bus Sales of California and Hawaii, which officials say grew its market share and quadrupled its year-over-year propane bus sales, all while providing its customers with first-class customer service, parts support and training. Regional awards, service awards and a propane leadership award are also distributed at Blue Bird's annual dealer meeting.
HSM supports Bikes for Tykes program
December 23, 2013
The company donates $10,000 to the Hickory (N.C.) Fire Department toward the purchase of new bikes in support of Bikes for Tykes, a program that delivers bikes each year to children in need in the Hickory area. HSM employees and fire department volunteers also help to assemble and distribute the bikes.
Students, families surprise bus driver with Christmas gifts
December 20, 2013
Two-time cancer survivor Fred Taylor receives a winter coat and other cold-weather gear. Over the last 20 years that Taylor has been a bus driver, he has gained a significant amount of support from the community because of his positive attitude and compassion.
Tags: Ohio
Thomas Built names 2013 Supplier of the Year
December 20, 2013
The honor goes to Julian Electric, which has been a Thomas Built Buses supplier for more than seven years. The school bus OEM also recognizes other exemplary companies at its annual supplier event.
A story about the "My Limo" video, which seems to promote school bus ridership, was the second most popular news item on the SBF website this year.
Top 5 most-viewed news stories of 2013
December 20, 2013
Here are the most popular news items posted on the SBF website this year, from a school district's bus inspection success streak to a set of PSA videos on the dangers of stop-arm running.
Automotive Lift Institute names new board member
December 20, 2013
The institute's board of directors, historically composed solely of lift manufacturers, will include a representative from the lift inspection side of the business for the first time in 2014: Evan Calarco of Total Tool Ltd.
Our coverage of Dubai's first school transportation conference was the most popular feature article on the SBF website this year.
Top 4 most-viewed feature articles of 2013
December 20, 2013
This year’s features that captured the most readers’ attention cover Dubai’s first school transportation conference, outstanding women in the industry, child-check devices and a Q&A with Blue Bird’s president and CEO.
Push for electric school buses in Massachusetts
December 19, 2013
Gov. Deval Patrick and his administration are investing in three programs to support alternative fuel vehicles and related infrastructure across Massachusetts, including the launch of an electric school bus pilot program. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources will provide $1.8 million in grants for eight electric school buses with vehicle-to-grid capability.
Pilot project lets students opt for city buses
December 19, 2013
Some Whitehorse, Yukon, high school students now have the option to ride city buses for free instead of school buses as part of a pilot created by the government of Yukon and the city of Whitehorse. The free transit passes are intended to give students another option for transportation if they stay late for after-school activities, and for getting to places other than home.
Crash averted when school bus stalls on train tracks
December 19, 2013
In Norwalk, Conn., a school bus reportedly experiences a mechanical malfunction as it is crossing railroad tracks, leaving it stranded. The bus driver evacuates the 40 elementary students on board, and the operator of an approaching commuter train is able to stop 10 feet before the bus.
Pennsylvania House approves audio recordings bill
December 19, 2013
The legislation would permit the use of the recordings on school buses, but school boards would have to vote on policies outlining the audiotaping rules, and parents would have to be notified. The bill had been approved by the state Senate in June, and it has since been amended to also allow police to use audio-equipped cameras anywhere except in a residence without prior court approval.
Two-year-old Ava, who has a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer, wanted to ride a bus and go to school. She got her wish on Tuesday.
2-year-old with cancer gets to ride the school bus
December 18, 2013
Ava Parker, who has terminal brain cancer, wanted a chance to ride a bus and go to school. On Tuesday, she and her family boarded a yellow bus and spent the afternoon with a preschool class.
Tags: Indiana
Texas school bus fleet still keen on propane after 30 years
December 18, 2013
Web Exclusive: Alvin Independent School District switched to propane autogas in 1982. Today, with a fleet of more than 100 buses running on the alternative fuel, Fleet Maintenance Manager Juan Mejias says that the district is benefiting from lower fuel costs, extended oil change intervals and reduced emissions.
Under David Strickland’s watch, NHTSA has shown support for safety-related issues in transportation, such as drunken driving prevention, and it has worked to promote school bus transportation.
NHTSA’s David Strickland steps down
December 17, 2013
Strickland has served as administrator since 2010, during which time the agency has shown support for safety-related issues in transportation, such as drunken driving prevention, and it has worked to promote school bus transportation. Deputy Administrator David Friedman will reportedly serve as acting administrator after Strickland leaves.
Several state legislators are renewing efforts to require seat belts in large school buses in Massachusetts. Pictured is the State House. Photo by Eric Baetscher
4 school bus seat belt bills under review in Massachusetts
December 17, 2013
Several Massachusetts legislators are renewing efforts to require seat belts in large school buses. Four bills are currently under consideration in the state Legislature.
Bus driver rear-ends bus, 15 students injured
December 17, 2013
The bus in front, which is transporting students for Florida’s Moody Elementary School, stops suddenly for heavy traffic. The driver behind the bus does not stop in time and will be cited for careless driving. All injured students are transported to hospitals, treated for minor injuries and released.
Gatekeeper Systems secures Sheppard Bus contract
December 17, 2013
The company will supply mobile video solutions for the New Jersey-based school bus contractor’s fleet. Doug Dyment, president and CEO of Gatekeeper, says the contract enables the company to expand sales “in geographic regions where there has previously been limited exposure.”

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