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Driver honored for saving toddler’s life
February 18, 2014
Beaumont (Calif.) Unified School District driver Jody Jermeay sees a toddler running down the sidewalk toward a car that is backing out of a driveway and pulls her bus across the driveway to block the car from pulling out. The child’s older sibling is able to move the boy out of the way just in time.
U.S. transportation chief Anthony Foxx to speak at Love the Bus event
February 18, 2014
Foxx will address students at a High Point, N.C., elementary school during the American School Bus Council’s Love the Bus main event on Friday. The secretary will share the stage with first-graders, who will perform an interpretation of a children’s book, and fourth- and fifth-graders will perform a song on their recorders.
Collins boosts bus serviceability
February 18, 2014
The Type A school bus manufacturer has upgraded many of the features on its buses to give technicians improved access to several areas as they perform maintenance. Among the changes: Bigger access holes were added behind the warning lights, and wires were rerouted below instead of in the wall for rear lighting.
Iowa bill would require seat belts on new school buses
February 14, 2014
School buses ordered for purchase on or after July 1, 2014, would have to be equipped with the belts, and drivers and passengers would be required to use them under the legislation that was recently introduced. A violation of the seat belt requirements would result in a $50 fine.
Safety Vision celebrates 21-year anniversary
February 14, 2014
The provider of mobile video surveillance and collision avoidance solutions serves a variety of fleets, including mass transit, pupil transportation, law enforcement and private fleet sectors. Founder and CEO Bruce Smith says Safety Vision is “approaching $1 billion in sales since inception,” which has “made for an incredible milestone,” and the company was recently issued a U.S. patent for digital data storage technology.
Virginia association offers scholarship in memory of Sonny Merryman
February 14, 2014
The founder of school bus dealership Sonny Merryman Inc., who passed away in December, provided hundreds of students in Virginia with scholarship assistance. The Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation offers a $2,500 scholarship that is available to seniors at public schools in Virginia who have a parent or grandparent currently or formerly employed in the public school pupil transportation field within the state.
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Vehicle lift safety training course offered online
February 13, 2014
The new online version of the Automotive Lift Institute's "Lifting It Right" vehicle lift safety training course is now live. A narrator guides trainees through curriculum covering lift types, the lifting and lowering process, and lift maintenance.
Indiana district gives 3-year notice to end bus service
February 13, 2014
The Decatur Township school board passes a resolution to notify the Indiana Department of Education that it may terminate transportation services in 2017. Superintendent Matt Prusiecki says that "unfortunately, due to our financial situation, this is a cut we need to consider," but it could be avoided if local voters pass a property tax increase.
On Feb. 4, Transportation South in Pelham, Ala., held a Love the Bus event to recognize the state’s best bus drivers, as voted by students, parents and teachers. Attendees enjoyed lunch while listening to music and hearing from state director Joe Lightsey.
Communities go yellow for ‘Love the Bus’
February 13, 2014
Pupil transportation operations and associations around the country are showing their appreciation for school bus drivers and recognizing the important role that yellow buses play in students’ education with “Love the Bus” celebrations this month.
Event honors man who transported African-American students during segregation
February 13, 2014
Willie Chisolm, an African-American businessman, bought two used buses to transport rural African-American children to school in the 1950s when all schools in South Carolina were segregated by race. Chisholm died in 1962, before the schools integrated in 1966.
Student detection systems allowed on Iowa school buses
February 13, 2014
State director Max Christensen says that the technology is now permitted on Iowa’s school buses, but it’s not required. Sensor-driven or video-based student detection systems are permitted, with no strict criteria set, which Christensen says opens the field to new ideas in developing more advanced and better designs.
A new position paper elaborates on the state directors association's recently updated stance on lap-shoulder belts — fully supporting their installation and use in school buses.
New NASDPTS paper details support for lap-shoulder belts
February 12, 2014
The new position paper elaborates on the state directors association’s recently updated stance on lap-shoulder belts — fully supporting their installation and use in school buses. NASDPTS lays out 10 supporting points for its position, including the limits of compartmentalization and the ability of current lap-shoulder belt systems to maintain bus capacity.
Q&A: Fuel tax credit for school buses
February 12, 2014
Web Exclusive: Kim Mahanna, a certified public accountant with Smith Schafer Associates Ltd., provides insight on commonly asked questions related to fuel tax credits based on his 34 years in the accounting business. The questions and answers address why gallons and fuel type matter, claiming a credit and tax deadlines, among other topics.
Rotary Lift unveils new lighting options
February 11, 2014
Tech Lights, the supplier’s new series of LED shop lights, come with magnetic mounting clips. Three options are available: the two-post lift kit, the four-post lift kit, and the hand-held single shop light.
STI closes acquisition of Atlantic Express’ California operations
February 11, 2014
Officials for Student Transportation Inc. say that the entire process and customer response has gone so well that they were able to move up the closing of the transaction. Student Transportation’s subsidiary SchoolWheels Direct has been managing the operations of the fleet for the past month.
Seattle district approves busing cuts, arrival time changes
February 10, 2014
Seattle Public Schools’ board members sign off on a transportation plan for 2014-15 that includes shifting bus arrival times back by about 10 minutes (a previous proposal called for adding 10 minutes to the start time of middle and high schools). Also, board members approve ending transportation service to option school students who live outside that school’s middle school attendance area, among other measures.
Ice, snow cited as factors in 2 school bus crashes
February 10, 2014
Police say that no children were injured in the separate incidents, which both happened on Friday in southern Indiana. In one crash, a minivan hit a patch of ice and slid into a school bus. In the other, a bus slid off a roadway and into a ditch.
Cinda Meneghetti, seen here at a pupil transportation conference, has served as Illinois' state director for nearly 10 years.
Illinois state director Cinda Meneghetti to retire
February 10, 2014
Meneghetti, who has served as the state's director of pupil transportation for nearly 10 years, will step down at the end of February. Here, she reflects on her work with Illinois' instructors — who teach about 28,000 drivers annually — her efforts to educate legislators and the public about school bus issues, and the "caring and passionate people" she has worked with in the industry.
National Express honors ASE master technicians
February 10, 2014
The school bus contractor celebrates 15 employees who achieved their certification at a dinner held in their honor. CEO David Duke says these techs help the company “lead the way” when it comes to going above and beyond state and federal requirements to maintain buses and ensure passenger safety.
Blue Bird awards 16 suppliers
February 7, 2014
The school bus manufacturer recognizes suppliers for outstanding performance and product excellence at its annual Supplier Conference. ROUSH CleanTech is named Blue Bird's 2013 Supplier of the Year.

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