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Navistar Parts program offers cash for unused inventory
January 19, 2010
The Customer Parts Recovery program allows customers to return new or obsolete parts or overstocks and receive money or credit for future purchases. Those interested in participating in the program should contact their parts sales managers at International truck or IC Bus dealerships.
Tags: IC Bus
Pupil transporters affected by Haitian earthquake receive support
January 15, 2010
Student Transportation of America has partnered with the school community in Greenwich, Conn., to provide aid to Haitian-American bus drivers and monitors whose loved ones have been impacted by the disaster. The company is helping its staff to communicate with relatives, and a company-wide donation system has been established.
School bus drivers organize charitable giving year round
January 15, 2010
One driver organizes an annual golf tournament, which last year raised $3,700. Holiday meals and gifts are also donated annually to families in need.
Victims' families form distracted driving organization
January 14, 2010
FocusDriven, a direct outgrowth of September’s Distracted Driving Summit, is modeled after Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and aims to provide support for victims of accidents and their families.
Registration open for Thomas Built maintenance program
January 13, 2010
The Thomas Built Institute, to be held May 11-14, will include instruction on 2010 emissions and electrical systems for school bus technicians. The course is limited to 100 participants to ensure small class sizes and personal attention.
Versatrans Solutions to undergo leadership change
January 13, 2010
Doug Hamlin will step down as president of the student transportation software provider in February 2011. The move is part of a long-term strategy to transfer the ownership and leadership responsibilities of Versatrans, which was acquired by Tyler Technologies in 2008.
A new bill in the Minnesota State Legislature would require that school buses purchased after this year be equipped with lap-shoulder belts. A state pupil transportation group says that any such requirement by the Legislature should be funded.
Minnesota bill would mandate belts on buses
January 12, 2010
School buses purchased after this year would have to be equipped with lap-shoulder belts for passengers. The Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation says that any such requirement by the Legislature should be funded.
High school students serve as bus monitors
January 12, 2010
In a pilot program designed by a D.A.R.E. police officer, juniors and seniors will ride the school bus with elementary school students to improve safety and reduce bullying incidents.
Mississippi may toughen penalties for illegal bus passing
January 12, 2010
A new bill would require convicted offenders to pay fines of $500 to $5,000, and their driver’s license would be suspended for 30 days. The legislation is named after a 5-year-old who was killed while leaving his school bus last month.
Fleet program seeks to cut down on crashes
January 12, 2010
Insurance provider The Hartford offers a new suite of risk management tools to its school bus contractor customers.
Bus in fatal crash was not school bus
January 8, 2010
Some national and even international media outlets reported that an Ohio accident on Thursday involved multiple fatalities on a school bus. The vehicle was actually a shuttle-type paratransit bus carrying adults with special needs.
Arizona district equips school bus with Internet access
January 8, 2010
School officials say the Wi-Fi service encourages students to study during the bus ride and contributes to a quieter, safer atmosphere on board.
ASBC to present Web seminar on Love the Bus
January 8, 2010
SBF-hosted event on Jan. 13 will provide attendees with tips on how to hold engaging Love the Bus activities, how to receive media attention and ways that the American School Bus Council can support their efforts.
Cummins receives EPA certification for 2010 engines
January 8, 2010
Several of the company’s heavy- and medium-duty engines, including the ISB6.7 and ISC8.3, which are used for school bus applications, meet the agency’s near-zero emissions level requirement. Cummins has utilized selective catalytic reduction technology to meet the EPA’s 2010 standards.
NTSB found that the severity of injuries in a 2008 bus crash in Florida was mitigated by lap belts. The bus rolled over at least twice, and the body separated from the chassis.
Report looks at lap belts in bus crash
January 5, 2010
The National Transportation Safety Board says the severity of injuries in a 2008 school bus rollover was mitigated by lap belts. The bus rolled at least twice, and the body separated from the chassis.
Allied Bus Sales employee honored for service excellence
January 4, 2010
Ken Ruble, service manager of the school bus and parts distributor, was presented with Navistar’s President’s Award, which recognizes organizations and individuals that show growth in service, warranty sales and technical training hours.
Edupro extends early bird conference registration
January 4, 2010
Deadline for discounted registration for special-needs event extended to Jan. 21. A newly added session will cover how one school district trimmed $1.5 million from its transportation budget while improving special-ed busing.
District responsible for damages in special-needs bus case
January 4, 2010
The Colorado Supreme Court has determined that a school district is liable for the actions of a bus driver who is accused of hitting a special-needs student. The case will now return to district court.
New edition of special-needs transportation manual available
January 4, 2010
NAPT offers the fourth edition of Transporting Children with Disabilities, which contains resources to help pupil transporters meet the needs of students with various disabilities. It is also designed to serve as the curriculum for a special-needs certification course.
Tags: NAPT
NHTSA proposes changes to safety standard for buses
December 30, 2009
The agency issues a proposal to amend FMVSS No. 217 to specify that the exterior handle for school bus rear emergency exit doors may be located opposite the door hinges, and to clarify the standard in regard to the number of force applications that are required to open a window or roof emergency exit.

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