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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.
Tags: Kentucky
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.
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.

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