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Emirates Transport provides bus service for private schools
December 2, 2013
The United Arab Emirates transportation company officially launches its service for private schools with an operational fleet of 100 buses. Emirates Transport officials say they expect to add 230 buses to the service.
To comply with the new WC18 standard, wheelchair tie-downs or other securement devices must pass two different dynamic strength tests.
New standards target stronger wheelchair tie-downs, increased safety
December 2, 2013
New safety standards for wheelchairs and tie-downs promise to improve transportation safety for people who must use their wheelchair as the passenger seat when riding in a car, van or bus. Here’s an overview of the WC18 and WC19 standards and the enhanced testing they require.
Power line falls on school bus during accident
November 27, 2013
Authorities in Newport News, Va., are continuing to investigate the crash, in which a 17-year-old driver struck a guide wire that was supporting a utility pole, which caused the wire to fall into the path of a school bus, and then the wire ultimately fell across the bus. Officers had the 31 students and the driver remain on the bus until the wire was removed.
Buses for special-needs students launched in UAE
November 27, 2013
The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education and Emirates Transport oversee the rollout of the first phase of school buses that will serve these students. Officials say that the 50 buses are outfitted with the latest equipment and in line with international standards for the safety and comfort of special-needs students.
Special-needs driver fired after DUI
November 27, 2013
A citizen reportedly witnesses Rodolfo Luna discard empty vodka bottles from his bus and contacts officials for the school district where he worked, who track him down, and he undergoes a drug/alcohol test. He then takes a field sobriety test, which he fails, and he admits to sheriff’s deputies that he consumed vodka and cold medicine prior to starting his shift, which involved transporting special-needs students for a field trip.
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2 Illinois directors earn special-needs endorsement
November 27, 2013
Sharon Pierluissi of Lakeside Transportation/Cook-Illinois Corp. and Barbara Rizzo of Peotone Community School District 207-U are the latest to complete NAPT's Special Needs Transportation Training program.
Texas district cuts fuel costs by 33% with propane buses
November 26, 2013
Seguin Independent School District has been operating propane-powered school buses for six years, and it currently has 28 buses running on the fuel in its fleet, with plans to purchase more in the future. In addition to the savings in fuel costs, officials say the district has saved $500,000 since 2008 through the initial reimbursement for the purchase of the buses and the rebate on the fuel.
Bus vandalism incident delays service
November 26, 2013
Thirty-five buses in New Hanover County (N.C.) Schools’ Laney Bus Garage were vandalized over the weekend, delaying many bus pickups on Monday. The estimated cost of damage is between $14,000 and $18,000, including labor costs.
National Express names winners of safety poster contest
November 25, 2013
Robie Hartling from Ottawa, Ontario, wins first prize and receives $1,000 for his “Cross Over Mirrors” artwork. Second prize goes to Pamela Morgan from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for her “Supersafe” entry, and Deanna Davison from Bonner Springs, Kan., receives third prize for “Everyone Deserves a Safe Ride.”
Dell Transportation equips buses with Rosco event recorders
November 25, 2013
The Port Washington, N.Y., operator now has Rosco’s Dual-Vision recorders on its entire school bus fleet. Bob Pape, principal of transportation at Dell, says that the devices have led to lower insurance premiums and have enhanced safety for both the children and the drivers.
Ohio bus driver charged for fatally striking pedestrian
November 25, 2013
In the October accident, James Livery turned his school bus east onto a road, striking Vance H. Fether, who suffered severe head and abdominal injuries and died a short time later. Livery has been charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter and failure to yield for a pedestrian.
Zonar promotes 2 to VP roles
November 22, 2013
At the fleet management technology company, Fred Fakkema is now vice president of compliance, and Tony Bezilla is now vice president of product management. Zonar officials say that the promotions reflect the company's rapid growth and anticipation of future expansion.
Researchers convert CO2, hydrogen into crude oil alternative
November 21, 2013
At an Israeli university, researchers have developed a process to convert carbon dioxide and hydrogen into a renewable alternative for crude oil, which they say could transform fuels used in gas and diesel vehicles and jets.
NHTSA issues final rule requiring seat belts on motorcoaches
November 21, 2013
The rule, which amends FMVSS 208, applies to new over-the-road buses and to other types of new buses with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 26,000 pounds, except transit buses and school buses. Requiring seat belts could reduce fatalities by up to 44% and reduce the number of moderate to severe injuries by up to 45%, according to NHTSA.
NHTSA stats show traffic deaths rose in 2012
November 21, 2013
There were 33,561 highway fatalities in 2012, which was a 3% increase from 2011, according to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Still, agency officials say that highway deaths over the past five years continue to remain at historic lows.
Bus company serving Kentucky district to end operations
November 21, 2013
The district suspended business with Commonwealth Bus Service on Nov. 8 until officials could further review the transportation contract, and now, a district spokesperson says that transportation officials have been notified that the company is going out of business. In June, one of the company’s buses was involved in a crash that sent 35 people on board to the hospital.
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No criminal charges for bus, truck drivers in fatal New Jersey crash
November 21, 2013
The Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office completes its investigation of the February 2012 crash that killed an 11-year-old girl and injured 17 other students in Chesterfield Township. Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi says that upon review of the findings from his office’s investigation and the National Transportation Safety Board’s findings, “the negligent conduct of the parties does not rise to the required level of recklessness that would be needed to bring criminal charges."
STI honors employees for safety excellence
November 21, 2013
The school bus contractor recognizes 11 current employees and two others posthumously with the Wall of Fame award. Managers and general managers nominated individuals at the company’s locations, taking into consideration such criteria as exemplary safety practices, accident-free service, community service and involvement, and reliability and knowledge of company policies and procedures.
Report of car following bus takes humorous turn
November 21, 2013
For school bus drivers, vigilance is essential, but sometimes it has unexpected results. That was the case in a recent incident in Miami in which a school bus driver reported a suspicious-looking vehicle following the bus.
Iowa officials caution against falsifying bus repairs
November 19, 2013
The warnings come after the arrests of two district transportation officials who allegedly lied to the state that problems with buses in their fleets had been repaired. In September, the state Department of Education’s transportation office hired a third school bus inspector, which has enabled the department to do call-back inspections on buses with serious deficiencies.

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