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An unforgettable night
February 1, 2009
Throughout my time covering the bus industry, this may be the most troubling thing I’ve come across:

“[The bus matron] told police she knew Ri...

From 'Great' to 'Green'
January 1, 2009
No, that’s not a typo on the cover of this issue.

If you’ve been reading SBF for at least a year, you’re probably familiar with our Grea...

NAPT Technology Showcase
January 1, 2009

Here’s a look at the latest in pupil transportation products that were on view at the NAPT trade show in Myrtle Beach, S.C. New technologies included a driving simulator and a seat belt monitoring system.

For more than 10 years, Clay Community Schools’ transportation department has recycled the old oil from routine oil changes performed on its school buses to heat its bus garage.
Green Fleets Across America 2009
January 1, 2009

For pupil transporters, “going green” not only benefits the environment and yields cost savings, it provides a healthier ride and an educational experience for students. Here, we showcase practices in place at school districts and contractors throughout the country.

Indiana state director Pete Baxter (left) accepts the SBF award from Publisher Frank Di Giacomo.
Pete Baxter Named Administrator of the Year
January 1, 2009

State pupil transportation director in Indiana has led training efforts across the nation and has helmed key industry organizations.

State Directors Home In on Seat Belt Issues
January 1, 2009

State pupil transportation directors gathered in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in late October to cover issues of national concern, such as increasing schoo...

NAPT Makes Its Mark on Myrtle Beach
January 1, 2009

Speakers at the 2008 conference address such issues as industry advocacy, special-needs policies and vendor service. A new Type D school bus is unveiled during the trade show.

We've come a long way
January 1, 2009
If you look way back in the record of school bus loading and unloading fatalities, which has been compiled annually for nearly four decades, you ...
Stop and smell the roses
November 1, 2008

Some people just can’t take a hint. Or even several hints.

A guy is cruising down the street in his shiny, silver sedan when, up ahead, he sees a...

Product Highlights
November 1, 2008

Scissor lift has collapsible, shallow-pit design
The ECO Lift, an axle-engaging scissor lift, provides technicians with easy access to wh...

Challenge Day Combats Social Isolation Among Teens
November 1, 2008

Challenge Day, a nonprofit organization that helps youths and adults learn to connect with one another through interactive programs, was founded by Ri...

A momentous month
November 1, 2008

I have had the privilege of serving as president of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) for the pas...

Avoiding Backpack Risks on the Bus
November 1, 2008

What rides the bus with students of all ages, resting on the floor or in laps throughout the passenger compartment? Backpacks, of course.

While b...

How to Boost Fuel Economy
November 1, 2008

Over the years, a substantial amount of literature has been generated in the area of fuel economy.

Several white papers from reputable manufactur...

Stimulate Staff With Novel Training Techniques
November 1, 2008

Having drivers and monitors navigate a smoke-filled bus, familiarize themselves with new vehicles and see things from a pupil’s perspective are effective ways to keep them engaged in learning.

Roger Howsmon says that Blue Bird’s Propane-Powered Vision has surprised end users with its quiet power in any terrain and temperature.
Q&A: Changes Are Afoot in Pupil Transportation
November 1, 2008

Alternative fuels have gained increasing attention in the school bus industry as soaring diesel costs and concerns over emissions have come to the for...

A student in a wheelchair cannot be evacuated from an emergency exit that is 24 inches wide. A manual wheelchair needs at least 30 inches of clearance.
Bus Configurations Can Create Obstacles for Special-Needs Evacuations
November 1, 2008

I recently had the opportunity travel to many states throughout the country to present on emergency evacuation methods for students with special needs...

Putting a Stop to Illegal Passing
November 1, 2008

We see the headlines every day, from all parts of the country. From the Port St. Lucie (Fla.) News: “St. Lucie County law enforcement sa...

Joint school bus seating venture launched
November 1, 2008

Three Michigan-based companies have initiated a joint venture to produce seating for school buses.

M2K Seating Systems LLC, Tachi-S Engineering US...

Collins brings new Corbeil bus line to Canada
November 1, 2008

SOUTH HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Collins Bus Corp. is now offering a full line of school bus products to the Canadian market.

This new Corbeil-brand prod...

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