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Utah bill would provide $20M for alt-fuel school buses
January 15, 2014
House Bill 41 would allow the state Board of Education to award a grant to a school district or charter school to replace a school bus manufactured before 2002 with a bus that uses compressed natural gas, propane or clean diesel fuel. The grant could also be used to install an alternative-fuel fueling station and to retrofit an operation’s maintenance facility to service alternative-fuel school buses.
FMCSA: CDL drivers still have to self-certify by Jan. 30
January 14, 2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes a final rule that extends by one year the requirement for interstate commercial drivers to have paper copies of their medical examiner’s certifications with them while operating their vehicle. However, the deadline for CDL drivers to self-certify their status (interstate or intrastate, exempt or non-exempt) is still Jan. 30, 2014.
Tags: CDL, FMCSA
3 steps to bolster safety for school motorcoach trips
January 14, 2014
North Carolina state pupil transportation director Derek Graham reports on FMCSA's recent Bus Safety Roundtable and shares a three-step approach that schools and school districts can use to improve student safety when chartering motorcoaches for school trips.
Minnesota association launches live stream of meetings
January 14, 2014
Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation members who can't make it to Wednesday's committee meetings in person will have another option: tuning in online. A live stream will be available on YouTube, even allowing web viewers to submit questions.
Tags: Minnesota
Student who took over bus from drunk driver up for award
January 13, 2014
The Ontario Provincial Police nominates Brianne St. Onge for a citizen’s award for ordering her school bus driver, who appeared to be drunk, to pull over and hand her the keys while she called police from her cell phone last June. Driver Keith Rawson’s Breathalyzer test showed he had nearly three times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.
Holland Bus Co. invests more than $1M to expand facility
January 13, 2014
The Michigan-based dealership for Blue Bird Corp. now features over 9,000 square feet of service space, including six new service bays dedicated to school buses, 8,000 square feet for body repairs, 5,000 square feet of parts inventory and 3,000 square feet dedicated to sales support. Officials say the expansion accommodates the growing demand for Blue Bird school bus sales, and parts and service support.
STERI-FAB kills bugs and mold, disinfects surfaces
January 13, 2014
STERI-FAB is an EPA-registered product from Noble Pine Products Co. that kills bedbugs, lice, ticks and many other insects, as well as mold, mildew and bacteria, while also disinfecting the area where it is applied. Company officials say it can be applied without dilution, and it does not leave a residue.
District must bus student to both parents’ homes
January 10, 2014
The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania rules that a school district in Lancaster must provide the service to the student from both of his divorced parents’ homes, upholding an older ruling by a county judge who found that the district was violating the state Public School Code by refusing to provide such service. The Commonwealth Court judge notes that the school bus that serves the neighborhood has empty seats and could accommodate the boy without adding another stop along its route.
New tire mask helps refurbish wheels
January 10, 2014
The Minimizer Tire Mask kit comes with a mask that protects tires from paint and primer overspray. The mask installs on the outside of the rim, covering the tire, so the entire rim can be sprayed with a primer and paint.
Tags: tires
Missing 4-year-old found after spending day at wrong school
January 9, 2014
The Toronto boy reportedly boarded the wrong bus on Monday morning and was taken to a school that was not the one he attended. Hours after police issued an alert that the 4-year-old was missing, he is located at the wrong school, where he may have been mistaken for a new student.
Krapf names chief operating officer of school bus division
January 9, 2014
Jim Folkes joined Krapf Bus Companies in 2010 and most recently served as vice president of Krapf School Bus. Krapf Bus Companies has also promoted Shawn McGlinchey to vice president of risk management. He previously served as director of risk management.
Zonar announces 10% conference registration discount
January 9, 2014
Attendees who register for THE ZONE by Jan. 31 receive a 10% discount. The conference takes place from April 22 to 24 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, and offers two days of more than 50 educational sessions and numerous training opportunities, company officials say.
Boy fatally struck by truck while trying to get to bus
January 9, 2014
Six-year-old Zion Toland was trying to cross Highway 178 in Orangeburg, S.C., on Wednesday morning to board his school bus when he was fatally hit by the pickup truck. The South Carolina Highway Patrol says that the bus was making a U-turn and did not have its lights activated or stop arm extended.
Photo by Lionel Pinn
Frigid temperatures cancel bus routes, delay school
January 8, 2014
From coast to coast in the U.S. and in some Canadian provinces, this week’s cold snap has impacted pupil transportation operations. Issues such as thickened fuel and oil and frozen air lines cause districts to cancel bus service and close schools or delay school start times.
City council approves $300 stop-arm running fine
January 8, 2014
The San Marcos (Texas) City Council has approved a $300 civil penalty for illegally passing a school bus following a 15-week study conducted by BusGuard, a company that provides stop-arm cameras for school buses, that shed light on the severity of the problem.
Dennis Maple, First Student's new president, joins the school bus contracting company from Aramark Corp.
First Student names new president as Burtwistle steps down
January 8, 2014
Dennis Maple takes the reins of North America's largest school bus contracting company. He most recently served as president of Aramark Education. At First Student, Maple succeeds Linda Burtwistle, who will step down after a brief handover period.
The National School Bus Loading and Unloading Survey is compiled each year by the Kansas State Department of Education's School Bus Safety Education Unit.
Survey finds 9 danger zone deaths in last school year
January 7, 2014
In the 2012-13 school year, six students in the U.S. were killed by vehicles passing their school bus, while three were killed by their bus. The findings come from the National School Bus Loading and Unloading Survey, which the Kansas State Department of Education compiles each year.
Bus driver retires after 37 years
January 7, 2014
Nikki Carnell, a school bus driver for Ponca (Neb.) Public School District, drove on her route for the last time on Dec. 20. As a tribute to her on her last day, many high school students who live along her route rode the bus instead of driving to school, and she was presented with roses at the school.
Tags: Nebraska
Boy struck by school bus in New Jersey, later dies
January 7, 2014
The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office says that while the bus was stopped to pick up children, “the victim began walking around the front of the bus” and “when the vehicle began moving forward again, it struck the child.” An investigation is ongoing, and counselors are made available throughout the district where the boy attended school.
Transportation staff at Nevada's Storey County School District took part in a full day of interactive security training with consulting firm ApexSCF.
School bus drivers train to take on active shooters
January 7, 2014
Transportation staff at Nevada's Storey County School District spent a stimulating day learning how to respond to shooters and other security threats on the bus. The session included hands-on training on how to use the bus to throw an armed intruder to the floor and even how to physically disarm or incapacitate the intruder.

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