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Collins Bus Corp. promotes Matt Scheuler to VP
February 6, 2014
Scheuler now serves as vice president of sales and marketing at the Type A school bus manufacturing company. He has held a variety of roles for the company — most recently director of sales.
ROUSH CleanTech hires 37-year Ford veteran
February 5, 2014
Rob Stevens is named vice president of strategy for the company, which supplies propane autogas fuel system technology for Blue Bird and Micro Bird school buses, among other vehicles.
Audio recordings allowed on Pennsylvania school buses
February 5, 2014
Under the recently approved legislation, school boards that want to use audio recordings on school buses or school vehicles for disciplinary or security purposes have to adopt a policy that authorizes their use, and school boards also have to send parents written notices at the beginning of each school year about audio bus recordings. The Pennsylvania School Bus Association says the legislation “will be a step closer towards a safer school bus environment."
Seon donates $25K to anti-bullying campaigns
February 5, 2014
The supplier is giving $5,000 of the proceeds from school bus camera system sales to “The Bully Project,” a social action campaign that aims to stop bullying. The remaining $20,000 will be distributed to school districts across North America that apply and are chosen for the Seon Anti-bullying Education Grant.
Q’Straint launches new retractor at mobility conference
February 5, 2014
The company exhibits its QRT-360 wheelchair retractor tie-down system for the mobility market at the National Mobility Equipment Dealer’s Association Conference. Q’Straint officials say that the QRT-360 is the first retractor to meet the higher-strength requirements of the WC18 standards.
TRP launches new website
February 5, 2014
Officials say the user friendly site provides truck and bus fleet operators with a searchable online catalog and detailed information on its full line of all-makes aftermarket parts. Visitors can search parts by keyword, category or part number.
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Cameras and enforcement can reduce stop-arm violations
February 5, 2014
Web Exclusive: In this editorial, David Poag, who created the Stop-Arm Violation Education Enforcement campaign, says many would-be stop-arm violators will think again before passing a stopped school bus if they are educated about the use of stop-arm cameras and their role in enforcing stop-arm laws. He draws parallels between these violations and the effectiveness of efforts to enforce seat belt laws in personal vehicles and reduce drunken driving.
Transportation agreement extended for students in UAE
February 4, 2014
The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education has extended for three years its agreement with Emirates Transport for transportation of students of the ministry’s government schools. The deal provides 2,113 school buses and more than 2,000 drivers to government schools.
Mohawk Lifts launches new blog
February 4, 2014
The posts feature industry experts who will cover auto lift news, garage equipment reviews, vehicle lift safety, common auto lift questions and more. The blog is designed to be a resource for individuals researching lifts for their home garages, owners of general repair shops, and fleet managers.
District's app lets parents check for bus delays
February 3, 2014
Frederick County (Md.) Public Schools launches a new school bus notification system that provides info on delays of 15 minutes or more. The program displays the bus number, whether it is a morning or afternoon bus, the length of the delay and the schools affected.
New bus depot to save district $400K in fuel, driver pay
February 3, 2014
Sarasota County Schools builds the depot in North Port, Fla., which the transportation director says reduces the number of empty miles the drivers had been traveling from the old depot to their first and last pickups of the day. Pickup times and routes aren’t expected to change.
On the anniversary of the slaying of Alabama bus driver Charles Poland Jr., the New York Association for Pupil Transportation paid tribute to Poland and cited steps it is taking to increase school bus security. Pictured is an FBI agent near the bunker where a boy from Poland's bus was held hostage. Photo from FBI
NYAPT works to bolster school bus security
January 31, 2014
On Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of the slaying of Alabama school bus driver Charles Poland Jr., the New York Association for Pupil Transportation paid tribute to Poland and announced steps it is taking to increase school bus security. For example, the association is supporting legislation that would make it a crime of criminal trespass to board a school bus without permission.
Teen helps bus driver who collapses at the wheel
January 31, 2014
Jesse Hermanson and an aide are on the bus when driver Lee Plante loses consciousness while making a U-turn, sending the bus through a brick wall and into a backyard. The teen says he saw Plante halfway out the bus doors, and his thought was to “call 911 and release the emergency switch because the doors kept pinching him.”
Q'Straint names 2 new regional sales managers
January 31, 2014
Mitch Drouillard is appointed southern regional sales manager for the transit and rail market segment for Q’Straint. Don Eaton is named western regional sales manager for the transit and rail market segment.
The Sleepy Time Headrest is designed to provide support from all angles for children in wheelchairs, car seats, feeder seats and other applications.
Headrest provides comfort for special-needs students
January 31, 2014
The Sleepy Time Headrest is adjustable and is designed to provide support from all angles for children in wheelchairs, car seats, feeder seats and other applications. Sherri Marbutt, who invented the product, tells SBF that it has been crash tested according to FMVSS 213, and it doesn’t interfere with car seat straps or seat belts.
Bill would mandate special-needs training for drivers, aides
January 31, 2014
The New Jersey legislation would require the commissioner of education to develop such a program, and it would need to include, at minimum, instruction on appropriate behavior management, effective communication, use and operation of adaptive equipment, and understanding behaviors that may be related to specific disabilities.
When a snowstorm froze up traffic in the Atlanta area, the National Guard came to the aid of stranded vehicles, including some 95 school buses. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Frederick Gilyard, Georgia Army National Guard
Snowstorm leaves students stranded overnight
January 30, 2014
Thousands of students in the Atlanta area spent Tuesday night at school or, in some cases, even on buses because of a winter storm that froze up traffic. The National Guard came to the aid of some 95 stranded school buses, delivering food and water to the students and getting the buses moving. "We had cleared them all by [Wednesday] morning, and that was a big task," Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says.
Fuel treatment solution becomes more widely available
January 30, 2014
K100 Fuel Treatment is designed to remove water, gums and varnishes from fuels, for better mileage and acceleration. As Kinetic Fuel Technology expands its distribution network internationally, the treatment solution is more widely available.
Global school transport conference to be launched in U.K.
January 29, 2014
Interchangeability 2014, to be held June 15-18 in Buckinghamshire, England, is designed to bring together school transportation professionals from around the world to share ideas and best practices. The conference is the creation of transportation veterans Sian Thornthwaite and Kirsti Robinson.
District revamps transportation, reduces late buses by 97%
January 29, 2014
Tennessee’s Metro Nashville Public Schools restructured the department last fall, and officials say the number of late morning buses has decreased 69% since Oct. 1, and the number of late afternoon buses has decreased 28%. Customer service and turnaround time on bus repairs have also improved.

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