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STA drivers win 11 trophies at roadeo
May 24, 2010
Twelve school bus drivers representing the contractor competed in the 57th Annual Southern California Sectional Roadeo this month. Among the awards they received was the team title in the Best Represented category. Trophy winners will compete in the State Championship Roadeo this Sunday.
Tyler Telematic GPS by Tyler Technologies leverages Tyler’s Versatrans Onscreen and Powercheck software with GPS hardware (pictured) through Geotab.
System combines GPS and telematics to improve efficiency
May 24, 2010
Tyler Telematic GPS utilizes fleet tracking capabilities, along with driver and vehicle information from Tyler Technologies’ Versatrans Onscreen and Powercheck software and leverages it with GPS hardware through Geotab, helping to reduce operational and maintenance costs.
Utah gears up for school bus tech competition
May 24, 2010
The annual event will be held at Park City School District in late June. Two Utah technicians have taken first place at the national level in the past four years.
Cop accused of stop-arm running won’t be charged
May 20, 2010
A school bus driver and another witness say they saw the police car — without its lights or siren on — drive by the bus while it was unloading a student. But the district attorney says an investigation found “reasonable doubt” that a violation had occurred.
Winner named in first Canada's Greenest School contest
May 20, 2010
An essay from Burnaby (British Columbia) North Secondary student Jennifer H. wins the most votes, earning the school a hybrid school bus from IC Bus and Jennifer a $3,000 scholarship.
The new NAPT Website features one-click access to all of the association's projects.
NAPT unveils revamped Website
May 20, 2010
The new Website features easy access to the association’s communication, leadership, education, advocacy and resource projects, as well as enhanced registration tools for the NAPT Summit.
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School bus catches fire on California freeway
May 20, 2010
Motorists help evacuate students as the bus becomes engulfed in flames. Two children suffer from smoke inhalation, but no one is seriously injured. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the fire.
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The Illinois delegation came stocked with provisions and set up a snack bar on their table to help them get through the general sessions.
NCST deliberations under way
May 18, 2010
Sessions held so far during the 15th National Congress on School Transportation have led to amendments to the Bus Body and Specifications, School Bus Inspection, Specially Equipped School Buses and Transportation for Students with Disabilities and Health Care Needs sections.
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A proposal in Ohio would require new school buses to be equipped with lap-shoulder belts, beginning in 2014. 
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Seat belt bill eyed in Ohio
May 18, 2010
Beginning in 2014, new school buses would have to be equipped with lap-shoulder belts. Operators would not be held liable if passengers don’t buckle up.
Napa Valley USD's hybrid small bus was on display at a town and country fair last August. After the fair, the floral decor wrap was removed, and district lettering was painted on. The district was the first to receive the Collins hybrid.
Industry veteran honored for alternative-fuel efforts
May 17, 2010
Ralph Knight, transportation director for Napa (Calif.) Valley Unified School District, receives the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute’s Magic School Bus Award for implementing alternative-fuel use at his operation. The district was the first in the nation to receive Collins' Type A hybrid-electric school bus.
$25M awarded for bus replacements, retrofits
May 17, 2010
The South Coast Air Quality Management District in California provides $16.6 million to help school districts buy new CNG school buses. Private operators get $8.8 million to retrofit older diesel buses with particulate traps.
Key pupil transportation events kick off next week
May 14, 2010
The National Congress on School Transportation, held every five years, will return to Warrensburg, Mo. In Ottawa, the every-two-years Canadian Pupil Transportation Conference will commence. Blue Bird announces its exhibition details for the Canadian show.
New leadership structure at FirstGroup America
May 14, 2010
The company will not name a new North American CEO following Mike Murray’s recent departure. First Student President Linda Burtwistle and other business unit heads will report directly to Sir Moir Lockhead, CEO of FirstGroup plc.
Driver with heart attack stops bus before busy intersection
May 14, 2010
A school bus driver was able to steer his bus into a concrete retaining wall, stopping the vehicle while he began to have a heart attack. The driver reportedly told his passengers to brace themselves before the crash.
Bill would set penalties for operating poorly maintained buses
May 14, 2010
New Connecticut legislation would establish fines for school bus companies if they fail to abide by state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) inspection orders, and impose a fine of up to $2,500 on operations that transport students and file false statements with the DMV regarding maintenance, repair or use of a school bus.
Thomas Built to deliver more than 1,500 SCR-equipped buses
May 12, 2010
The manufacturer has received orders in 44 states and five Canadian provinces for its Saf-T-Liner units outfitted with selective catalytic reduction technology. Operations in Maryland and Virginia are among the Thomas Built customers that have opted for this technology to meet the EPA's 2010 emissions standards.
NYAPT pushes for harsher illegal-passing penalties
May 11, 2010
The pupil transportation group is advocating the passage of a package of legislation that would create a crime of vehicular homicide when an individual kills a child under the age of 15 while passing a stopped school bus, assist in educating motorists on the dangers of such incidents and establish a means to assist in prosecuting violators.
NavStar to bring safety technology offering to school bus market
May 11, 2010
NavStar has engaged Westar Capital II LLC to assist in providing equipment, software and related services to the school bus segment that are able to spot and record any potential threats both inside and outside of the vehicle.
Shane Kirley would often jokingly tell his school bus drivers, “I’ll drive today, you ride.” His passion for buses grew when he found that there are other people who are equally enthusiastic about them.
Drawn to a career in pupil transportation
May 10, 2010
Shane Kirley, who has been interested in school buses since he was in grade school, got a taste of working in the industry last summer when he interned at a New York school district's transportation department. He hopes to work in school bus sales and ultimately earn a certificate to become a transportation supervisor.
Blue Bird rolls out SCR-equipped demo buses
May 10, 2010
More than 100 of the school bus manufacturer’s units are being transported to dealerships for demonstrations. The North American Blue Bird SCR Demo Bus campaign will provide pupil transportation officials with opportunities to see the benefits of Selective Catalytic Reduction technology through dealer open houses, ride-and-drive events and private bus viewings.

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