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NSTA Advocacy in Action — Should FMCSA increase the federal insurance minimums?
May 6, 2015

The FCMSA is considering an increase in the federal minimum insurance requirements for passenger motor carriers. This is a very important issue for school bus contractors, as these requirements could dramatically affect insurance costs.

Tags: FMCSA, NSTA
NAPT News & Views — Campaign to highlight safety around school buses
May 1, 2015

The theme of National School Bus Safety Week this year is “Be smart. Be seen. I wait in a safe place.”

District's school bus seat belt project is a proactive step
April 29, 2015

Westfield (Ind.) Washington Schools will test out lap-shoulder belts on six of its buses. Several aspects of the program are interesting, such as that it's not in reaction to a crash or a mandate from lawmakers.

Photo courtesy NHTSA
The Case for Audio Monitoring on School Buses
April 24, 2015

Audio monitoring can help deter and resolve verbal conflicts, bullying accusations and general bad behavior. But privacy concerns must be addressed.

New Thomas Built CEO Discusses New CNG Bus, Plant Expansion
April 22, 2015

Caley Edgerly takes the helm as the school bus OEM launches another alternative-fuel option and works to increase plant production by 25%.

Photo by Christopher Smith
6 Key Things I Hope I've Taught You
April 17, 2015

As her career draws to a close, legal expert Peggy Burns reflects on the essential guidance she has given to pupil transporters over the past 20 years.

Secured Mobility's SMART tag enables drivers to quickly view on a tablet student information, including a photo, assigned seat and stop, and medical needs.
Growing GPS, Student Tracking Capabilities Offer More Security Tools
April 15, 2015

Suppliers are providing more immediate and detailed information for parents and transportation managers through apps and video; customizable alerts and
vehicle parameters; planning versus actual views; and tablets on board buses.   

Two years ago, Suffolk Transportation completed the FTA’s Homeland Security Assessment and made several upgrades, the biggest of which was bringing its entire fleet into its yards each night, ending vehicle park outs.
Contractors Turn to Partnerships, Tracking to Bolster Security
April 13, 2015

Partnering with law enforcement, taking advantage of federal security assessments and student tracking are some of the measures contractors are taking to ensure a safer school bus ride.

Photo by John Horton
8 Ways to Optimize the Use of School Bus Video Surveillance
April 7, 2015

To make sure you’re getting the best use of the surveillance systems on your buses, consider these eight practices that can help improve student behavior, identify training needs and support your drivers.

Photo by John Horton
10 Tips for Stepping Up School Bus Security
April 3, 2015

From thorough pre-trip inspections to building rapport with students, here are 10 practices that can help prevent or respond to security threats.

How school transportation compares in the U.K.
March 31, 2015

The U.K.’s lack of a standard yellow bus is a prominent difference between the British and American school transportation systems, but the two have more similarities than you might expect.

Tags: NAPT
NSTA Advocacy in Action — What is a negotiated rulemaking, and is it a good thing?
March 31, 2015

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed employing the negotiated rulemaking process to find a solution to its long-proposed concept of entry-level driver training. What is this process, and is it a good thing?

Tags: FMCSA, NSTA
Topics covered in this school bus maintenance quiz include valve timing, air brakes and hard starting.
Shop pop quiz: brakes, transmission and more
March 27, 2015

Here’s a stimulating quiz on school bus maintenance issues to share and discuss with your shop team. Topics covered include valve timing, air brakes and hard starting.

NAPT News & Views — Keeping NCST effective, relevant
March 27, 2015

For the work of the NCST to be relevant and to serve as a model of the school transportation industry’s best practices, interim amendments of the recommendations are essential.

Tags: NAPT, NCST
5 New Products to Boost Shop Efficiency
March 25, 2015

Offerings are designed to organize and expedite maintenance work and keep the shop floor clean.

How to Pinpoint and Prevent Common Brake Problems
March 20, 2015

Brake experts give guidance on conducting thorough inspections, servicing the brake systems and teaching school bus drivers what to watch out for.

Tags: brakes, parts
Spring ISD reorganized its two-story parts room last year and now groups fast-moving parts in one area for quicker access.
5 Tips to Streamline Parts Inventory Management
March 18, 2015

Managers say setting up a barcoding and scanning system, fleet standardization and daily tracking of pricing have been indispensable practices. Additionally, good housekeeping and strategic organizing expedite jobs.

Biloxi Bolsters Technician Training, Shop Efficiency
March 16, 2015

Requiring technicians to be ASE Master certified has helped Biloxi (Miss.) Public Schools keep its maintenance costs low and its vehicle in-service rate at 96%.

New face, same mission
March 3, 2015

I met many of you at the NAPT Summit, and immediately I could tell that this industry is a community that is passionate about keeping children safe and contributing to their education.

NAPT News & Views — Love the Bus builds vital relationships
March 3, 2015

Love the Bus is about continuously re-forging the important relationships between our industry and the students, families and schools — the customers — we serve.

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