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‘Snowmaggeddon’ closes schools, sidelines buses
February 12, 2010
Recording-breaking snowfall in the mid-Atlantic region halted school bus operations this week, but there’s much work to be done for schools to resume next week.
Veteran bus driver to retire
February 11, 2010
Nancie Klein, an 80-year-old school bus driver who has worked for an Illinois district since 1971, will hang up her keys this week. Klein began her career on a dare and has transported generations of students.
Espar heaters earn EPA validation
February 11, 2010
EPA requested that manufacturers of fuel-operated heaters apply for validation of their products specifically for school bus applications. The new validation covers Espar heaters that were previously validated for Class 8 trucks.
States weigh cell phone bans
February 9, 2010
Nebraska and Massachusetts both have bills in the works to ban school bus drivers’ use of cell phones and other wireless devices while the bus is in motion.
DOT proposes changes to drug and alcohol testing regulations
February 9, 2010
The agency has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would align its regulated industry drug testing with the Department of Health and Human Services’ laboratory drug testing requirements. Proposed amendments include lowering cutoff levels for cocaine and amphetamines and conducting mandatory initial testing for heroin.
Study: Cell phone bans don’t cut crashes
February 9, 2010
A new report from the Highway Loss Data Institute finds no reduction in crashes after laws that ban hand-held phone use while driving go into effect. But the researchers point out that several studies have shown that phoning while driving increases crash risk.
First Student wins Kansas contract
February 9, 2010
The contractor will serve Wichita Public Schools 259 under a seven-year agreement that will begin on Aug. 1. First Student will manage 600 buses, each of which will be outfitted with a digital video camera, GPS and an electronic vehicle inspection component.
Swedish firm making fuel from forestry residues
February 5, 2010
Chemrec uses black liquor, a byproduct of the pulp and paper industry, to produce BioDME, which it touts as a renewable and cleaner alternative to diesel. The company looks to open plants in the U.S.
NYAPT testifies before state fiscal committees
February 5, 2010
The pupil transportation group cautions lawmakers to avoid money-saving measures that could compromise student safety. NYAPT also expresses qualified support for a "shared services" proposal, calls for a review of special-needs transportation costs, and proposes streamlining paperwork requirements.
Bill aims to prevent students from being left on buses
February 4, 2010
Pennsylvania legislation would mandate that the State Board of Education implement a procedure that all school bus drivers must follow to make certain that no students are left behind. Drivers who leave passengers stranded would face fines. The bill would also toughen penalties for driving a bus under the influence.
Marvin Nash’s profession — a rodeo clown — influenced the creation of Take Pride in Your Ride. In the program’s DVD, he appears in his clown makeup and clothes, and animals play students on the school bus. The purpose is to make learning fun for students.
Program offers memorable lesson on bus safety
February 3, 2010
Professional rodeo clown Marvin Nash and his wife, Darlene, developed the Take Pride in Your Ride program, which promotes school bus safety and appreciation of the driver and fellow riders. Drivers are educated on the content and then teach it to students.
FMCSA clarifies texting ban
February 2, 2010
An agency official explains that the new texting ban for truck and bus drivers only applies to school bus drivers in limited cases. A forthcoming proposed rule may affect school bus drivers not currently covered.
During a previous Love the Bus campaign, students at one school district expressed their appreciation for the district's bus drivers by covering a bus with magnetic lips.
ASBC encourages the public to ‘Love the Bus’
February 2, 2010
Students, parents and teachers can recognize and thank their school bus drivers this month as part of the Love the Bus program in a variety of ways, including making Valentine’s cards for the drivers. The program is also an opportunity for the public to learn about the environmental and safety benefits of school bus transportation.
Sen. proposes cutting busing for Utah high school students
February 2, 2010
Although such a move has been made in other places, some officials disagree with the proposal, citing traffic congestion, safety and other concerns.
Ignition interlocks on buses help child care agency enhance safety
February 1, 2010
Rainbow Chimes Inc. has had the device, which prevents a bus driver under the influence of alcohol from operating a vehicle, installed on its buses. Sens-O-Lock of America provided the ignition interlocks, which also prevent drivers from leaving the bus running in an attempt to bypass the system prior to returning to drive the bus.
Thomas Built names new president
February 1, 2010
School bus OEM officially announces Kelley Platt as the successor of John O’Leary, who moved into a new role with Daimler Trucks North America. Platt played a pivotal role in Daimler’s 1998 acquisition of Thomas Built.
District considering EpiPen training for bus drivers
February 1, 2010
Officials from a Massachusetts school district are planning to discuss with its contractor the possibility of training school bus drivers on how to use EpiPens. A state law going into effect in March will require the training only for new school bus drivers.
District must increase security for special-needs students on buses
February 1, 2010
Under a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, a Tennessee school district is required to enhance the safety of students with disabilities by taking such steps as staffing monitors to assist drivers on all special-needs buses. The settlement is the result of a lawsuit stemming from episodes of peer-on-peer sexual harassment on buses operated by the district.
Propane bus endures winter testing
January 29, 2010
School districts in Minnesota try out Blue Bird’s Propane-Powered Vision to see how it performs in frigid weather.
(From left) NSTA President Donnie Fowler, EPA administrator Jim Blubaugh, Dale Krapf, Bob Pudlewski and Blake Krapf. Three George Krapf Jr. & Sons locations were awarded with Gold and Silver Levels of Green Fleet Certification.
NSTA awards Green Fleet Certification to 11 members
January 29, 2010
Open to all NSTA members in good standing, the Green Fleet Certification program has been endorsed by the EPA's Clean School Bus USA program.

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