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Fuel tax exemption must be protected
September 18, 2014

School bus operations have been exempt from the federal fuel tax since 1978. Keeping it that way is a key concern for many in the industry.

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NAPT News & Views — Why you should love the bus
September 17, 2014

Mid-August through mid-September each year is the perfect time to let everyone know about a project that began in 2007 called “Love the Bus.” I encourage everyone who cares about school buses to learn more about what NAPT and its partners in the American School Bus Council are doing to promote the yellow school bus and help us by spreading the word.

The Continental HSR2 features a protective curb rib to increase the durability of the sidewall against abrasions, protecting the casing. The tire also features Continental-engineered VAI technology in the shoulders to alert drivers and fleet managers to early signs of alignment wear.
Tire Offerings Aim to Lower Costs, Enhance Safety
September 15, 2014

Early warning systems for wear-and-tear, and features that extend tire life and improve
drivability in difficult weather conditions, help school bus operators navigate tough roads and handle frequent starts and stops safely and efficiently.

Tags: tires
How to Cut Costs by Mastering Time and Space, Part 2: Zero with an Asterisk
September 11, 2014

Learn how a paratransit service absorbed 16% more passengers with no added cost. The example can be applied to pupil transportation: Optimizing the spatial and temporal relationships of one’s service area can yield big cost savings.
Second in a series of occasional articles

Pre-screening, taking a conversational tone, and picking the right interview team members help find the right fit. iStock image.
Beyond the Resume: 6 Tips for Conducting Effective Interviews
September 9, 2014

Since a resume may not provide vital information, such as whether an applicant is assertive, has a positive attitude and enjoys working with children, interviewing is a critical component of the hiring process. Pre-screening, taking a conversational tone, and picking the right interview team members help find the right fit.

For Gallagher, Commitment to Customer Fuels Great Growth
August 29, 2014

In 17 years, Student Transportation Inc. leader Denis Gallagher has built his company into the third-largest school bus contracting firm in North America. Along the way, he has embraced alternative fuels and new technologies, focused on recruiting good people, and maintained a 95% contract renewal rate.

A Micro Bird propane autogas school bus drops off students in Florida. School bus operations have been reporting significant fuel and maintenance savings with propane.
State Funding, Fuel Savings Drive Propane Bus Adoption in Florida
August 29, 2014

With reduced operating costs and a rebate program for propane autogas vehicles, Florida school districts are tapping the alternative fuel as an economical and environmental solution. Broward County recently added 98 propane school buses to its fleet.

How Ed Bobit impacted pupil transportation
August 15, 2014

Beyond his pioneering in trade magazine publishing, Ed was a crucial figure in the survival of NAPT in its early years.

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NAPT News & Views — Court: School bus fees unconstitutional
August 15, 2014

After voters declined referendums to raise property taxes to increase revenues for schools, Franklin Township in Indianapolis tried discontinuing their school bus service and contracting with a private firm to transport students, charging parents a fee for the service. The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that the township violated the state constitution.

Tags: bus fees, NAPT
Identifying drug abuse among students
August 14, 2014

Really listen to what your students are saying on your bus. Doing so might prevent an active shooter, a case of bullying, drug addiction or even your own death.

This photo shows the aftermath of a South Carolina incident in which a teenage girl was struck by a vehicle passing her bus. The girl’s shoes lie in the road; her backpack is on top of the bus.
Stop-arm incident photo is worth 1,000 words
August 14, 2014

One interesting detail in the journey of a South Carolina stop-arm camera measure through the legislative process is the role that a photo played. Bill sponsor Sen. Thomas Alexander showed the shocking picture to other legislators to help galvanize support for the bill.

Staged photo by Brevard Public Schools (Fla.)
Pinpointing a Successful Stop-arm Camera Program
August 14, 2014

Districts that have deployed stop-arm cameras on school buses have seen success in citing violators, but they also focus on educating the public to help reduce the illegal-passing problem. Stop-arm camera system suppliers weigh in on ways to succeed in violation enforcement and prevention.

Post-accident procedure committees and team members typically take pictures of the scene, review related reports and create a plan to prevent future similar incidents.
Post-accident Procedures Committees Key in Prevention
August 13, 2014

Whether using a committee or more informal arrangement, selecting the right members, having procedures in place in advance for determining preventable measures and driver retraining are crucial.  

15 Tips to Boost Efficiency
August 7, 2014

From the bus routes to the shop to the transportation office, there are numerous opportunities to enhance efficiency. Here, directors share innovative ways to run a more cost-effective operation.

Differing views on seat belt issue
July 11, 2014

If you’ve followed the debate on seat belts in school buses over the years, you won’t be surprised that my latest editorial on the topic drew dozens of responses.

Tackling school bus driver shortage
July 11, 2014

Eighty-four percent and 85%. These are the percentages of respondents to SBF’s 2013 School District Survey and SBF’s 2014 Contractor Survey, respectively, who reported having some degree of school bus driver shortage at their operation.

Megan Geroux is NAPT's marketing and communications specialist.
NAPT Summit: Driving innovation, new certification
July 8, 2014

Highlights of the event, taking place in Kansas City, Missouri, Nov. 8-11, include a new professional certification for those involved in transporting students with disabilities and the newly formatted one-day trade show, featuring more than 120 vendors.

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Mirrors: Enhancing Safety From All Angles
July 7, 2014

Companies that manufacture rearview mirrors and other products equipped with mirrors are aware of a school bus driver’s need to clearly see multiple areas when transporting students. Today’s offerings feature technology and are designed to improve the driver’s view inside the bus, around the back of the bus, and the driver’s view of the danger zone.

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The Dallas County Schools co-op program is designed for students seeking careers in vehicle maintenance. They learn the trade, earn extra money, and some are hired by the district after they graduate.
Apprentice, Intern Programs Groom Great Workers
July 1, 2014

In addition to giving students work skills and experience, districts get employees who are already familiar with the shop and its practices.

McKinney Sees Longer Bus Life, Diesel Dedication
June 30, 2014

IC Bus President John McKinney says that school buses now have an average life cycle of nearly 15 years, which means that product durability and customer support are especially critical. He also points to diesel as the “backbone of the industry” and discusses the decision to offer the Cummins ISB engine.

Tags: diesel, IC Bus
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