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Webasto: Test results show benefits of pre-heated engines
November 19, 2013
An independent emissions testing lab recently tested the effects of a Webasto coolant heater on the emissions performance of a diesel engine. Emissions data show that the start-up temperature has a significant effect on the engine emissions and overall performance of diesel particulate filters.
District launches hotline to report bullying
November 19, 2013
Wentzville R-IV School District partners with SchoolReach, a school notification system, to provide a CyberBully Hotline program, an anonymous, two-way means for students, parents, guardians and others to report incidents of bullying, harassment or intimidation. The program also includes a separate hotline number just for use on district buses.
Tags: bullying
2 school bus drivers arrested after fight
November 19, 2013
At their bus depot in Portsmouth, Va., the two drivers allegedly engage in a verbal altercation that turns physical, including one of the women hitting the other several times with a stun gun. No children are present during the incident.
Tags: Virginia
Trans Tech names Leonard Bus Sales Dealer of the Year
November 19, 2013
John Phraner, president of the Type A school bus manufacturer, says the dealership has helped the company grow its sales and offers “the best service and support” to its customers. Earlier this year, Leonard Bus Sales opened a Trans Tech-specific sales and customer support facility in Garden City Park, N.Y.
Seon Design names winners of anti-bullying coloring contest
November 19, 2013
Mayson Bac, 11, of North Thurston Public Schools’ Chinook Middle School is named the overall winner of the contest, while first-, second- and third-place winners are named in categories for students ages 5 to 7, 8 to 10, and 11 and up. Officials say the purpose behind the Bullies Aren’t Cool coloring contest was to spark a conversation about bullying between bus drivers, students, school administrators and parents.
Tags: bullying
7 districts win grants from NAPT, Zonar
November 14, 2013
School districts from New Jersey to California have been selected to receive grants for school bus security, safety and efficiency equipment from Zonar. The districts were recognized at the recent NAPT Summit.
AT&T expands push-to-talk capabilities
November 14, 2013
New dispatch features enable workforce management functionality as part of Enhanced PTT, the company's push-to-talk solution. The features allow businesses to map the locations of company-issued Enhanced PTT devices on desktop software in near-real time, monitor push-to-talk activity and record conversations of employees using company-issued Enhanced PTT devices.
HSM names 2 directors for innovation center
November 14, 2013
At the company’s Corporate Innovation and Technology Center (CI&T), Scott Beatty is the new CI&T director of design services, and Jim Cardinale is CI&T director of furniture solutions.
Rhode Island lawmaker aims to expand school bus staff checks
November 13, 2013
State Rep. Anthony Giarrusso's son was among the passengers on a school bus whose monitor was arrested on child pornography charges. While the monitor had passed the state background check that Rhode Island requires, Giarrusso says he will introduce a bill to also require national background checks for school bus drivers and monitors.
American Cooling Technology names Dave Oberdorff CEO
November 13, 2013
Oberdorff is promoted to the role of president and CEO of the company, which provides air-conditioning systems for buses. He previously served as general manager since joining American Cooling Technology in 2011.
This Minnesota School Bus Operators Association video outlines commons mistakes that motorists make when driving around school buses.
Video teaches public to 'Stop and Stay Stopped' for buses
November 13, 2013
The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association video, newly available on DVD, outlines common mistakes that motorists make when driving around school buses. Shelly Jonas, executive administrator for the association, tells SBF about the program and how it can be used.
Chad Sexton, director of transportation services at Genesee Intermediate School District, sent the Michigan State Police a letter of concern about the rate of stop-arm running.
Michigan district, state police partner for stop-arm violation sting
November 13, 2013
Genesee Intermediate School District’s (ISD) transportation team provides information to Sgt. Artis White about daily occurrences of violations, and he and his troopers organize a one-day sting to monitor troublesome areas and issue citations. White and Genesee ISD Director of Transportation Services Chad Sexton discuss the specifics with SBF.
Blue Bird adds new Canadian dealer
November 12, 2013
Dynamic Specialty Vehicles will provide sales, service and parts support for Blue Bird customers in British Columbia and the Yukon. The dealership has been supplying Type A buses to western Canada since 1988.
New York City officials say that new busing contracts that were opened for public bid last spring will save an estimated $210 million over the next five years. Photo by Pavel Horak
NYC: New school bus contracts to save $210 million
November 12, 2013
The New York City mayor and education chancellor report that the school busing contracts that were opened up for public bid last spring and awarded in May will save the city an estimated $210 million over the next five years. The savings is in addition to the $100 million saved from bids awarded last winter and the $95 million saved from pre-K contracts that were publicly bid in 2011.
NYAPT names senator ‘Legislator of the Year’
November 12, 2013
The association recognizes Sen. Catharine Young’s introduction of legislation that would allow evidence collected by stop-arm cameras to be used to prosecute motorists who pass stopped school buses illegally. If enacted, the legislation would also establish a minimum fine of between $250 and $400 with no points for a first violation when the violation is based on camera evidence, with increasing penalties for repeat offenses.
School bus innovator Jack Parsons passes
November 11, 2013
Over his 59-year career in the industry, Parsons was credited with spearheading numerous improvements to pupil transportation and mentoring many school bus drivers, trainers, dispatchers and managers.
Senate passes ‘School Bus Safety Month’ resolution
November 11, 2013
The resolution, requested by the Child Safety Network (CSN), designates October as School Bus Safety Month and supports the CSN Safe Bus Campaign. President Obama is expected to sign the resolution.
AngelTrax cameras improve low light video capture
November 8, 2013
The company’s new line of cameras feature built-in smart infrared and super ultra wide dynamic technology to automatically adapt to unpredictable lighting conditions. The high-definition camera systems can record in 60 frames per second at 1280x720 resolution.
Florida authorities make arrest in school bus thefts
November 7, 2013
Alphonso Bernard Rock, owner of 95 South Tours and Transportation, is taken into custody after deputies discover two school buses that had gone missing from a Georgia district at a football stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. Deputies also discover two school buses that were stolen from a Florida district near an interstate in Gainesville, Fla.
Tags: Florida
Collins Bus Corp. is among the brands of the new Allied Specialty Vehicles Bus Division.
Allied Specialty Vehicles forms bus group, names Kent Tyler CEO
November 7, 2013
Tyler, the former president of Collins Bus Corp., will lead the new Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV) Bus Division. The group will include Type A school bus brands Collins, Mid Bus and Corbeil as well as seven bus brands from ASV’s recent acquisition of Thor Industries’ bus business.

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