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The lessons of 35W
September 1, 2007

At press time, the death toll in the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis was still climbing. More than a week after the Aug. 1 disast...

Flooring Takes Steps in the Right Direction
August 1, 2007

School bus flooring and steps take a beating every day, so they need to be rugged and easy to clean while providing secure footing for passengers and ...

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Defensive Driving Requires Attention to Detail
August 1, 2007

All of us who work in pupil transportation or who manage professional drivers with a fleet of vehicles have taken notice of two very tragic news stori...

A very good year (or two)
August 1, 2007

In looking back over my two years as president of the National School Transportation Association (NSTA), I'm reminded of the Ervin Drake song "It Was ...

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Roof Strobes Draw Crucial Attention
August 1, 2007

Being large and yellow, school buses are inherently some of the most noticeable vehicles on the road. But in certain conditions, such as inclement wea...

John Elliott of Durham School Services (right) was named the 2007 Contractor of the Year for his contributions to pupil transportation over the past three decades. SBF Publisher Frank Di Giacomo presented Elliott with the award at the NSTA’s annual convention in July.
John Elliot Named SBF's Contractor of the Year
August 1, 2007
John Elliott began his career in the education field more than 40 years ago and hasn't strayed far. He's still in the education business, but not as a...
NAPT prods NHTSA to re-examine passenger crash protection
August 1, 2007

On July 11, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hosted a roundtable meeting among interested parties to discuss the issue of...

GM sells Allison Transmission
August 1, 2007

NEW YORK — General Motors Corp. (GM) agreed to sell its Allison Transmission commercial and military business to two private equity firms for a...

Specialty acquires Transpec
August 1, 2007

PINEVILLE, N.C. — Specialty Manufacturing Inc. has completed the purchase of Detroit-based bus components supplier Transpec Worldwide Inc. Term...

RCA Rubber's Schultz dies
August 1, 2007

GREEN, Ohio — Gordon (Gordy) M. Schultz, a longtime executive for RCA Rubber Co., died on July 5. He was 53. Schultz joined RCA Rubber in Novem...

Alarm system to increase bus security
August 1, 2007

CINCINNATI — Prompted by recent security-related events, First Student Inc. installed an alarm system in its fleet of 22,000-plus buses.

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Bus maker, dealer not held liable in fatal crash
August 1, 2007

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that a school bus manufacturer and distributor cannot be held liable for not having instal...

SBF Web seminar attracts 300 viewers
August 1, 2007

TORRANCE, Calif.SCHOOL BUS FLEET presented a live Web seminar on July 12 about the future of hybrid diesel-electric buses in pupil tr...

R.I. allows sedans, vans for school transportation
August 1, 2007

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Gov. Donald Carcieri signed a bill allowing the use of vehicles other than full-size yellow school buses to transport studen...

Oh, that skeleton
August 1, 2007

We've all got things in our past that we'd like to keep hidden. It's human nature to present ourselves in the best possible light, meaning that we kee...

Fasten your seat belt
August 1, 2007

Now that I’ve got your attention, I’d like to comment on the recent day-long meeting in Washington, D.C., facilitated by our friends at the National H...

Product Highlights
August 1, 2007

Switch increases bus security
The 58336 Locking Rocker Switch is a weather-resistant device that automatically locks in the off position...

Bridget Muller, the assistant transportation safety and training manager for WSWHE BOCES in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., instructs a school bus driver training course located in the organization’s Distance Learning Lab.
Driver Training Goes Virtual
August 1, 2007

Computer-based technology is substantially affecting the school bus transportation industry. Many school districts around the U.S. use fleet maintenan...

NHTSA to issue proposal to enhance passenger protection
August 1, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 100 people with a stake in pupil transportation safety met here in mid-July to discuss the contentious topic of seat belt...

Partnering with a purpose
July 1, 2007

It’s amazing how quickly we adapt. I never thought I’d be paying more than $3 a gallon for gasoline, but it’s become a way of life now. Putting $50 of...

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