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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...

Product Highlights
July 1, 2007

Replacement brake lines for buses offered
Classic Tube has added 1996 International 3800 Series replacement brake lines for buses to its p...

Seon’s Smart-Reach wireless bridge makes swapping surveillance videotapes and hard drives obsolete.
Spotlight on Technology
July 1, 2007

Wireless access to surveillance footage

Seon Design Inc.
This past spring, Seon debuted its Smart-Reach wireless bridge for the ...

Lynn Hower, transportation and security director for the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township in Indianapolis, tracks buses using streetSmart by Synovia Corp.
GPS Takes School Transportation by Storm
July 1, 2007

Initially designed to aid the U.S. Department of Defense, global positioning system (GPS) technology has been more widely used in the past few years. ...

After the engine shut down on a steep grade, a school bus rolled backward about 300 feet before it jolted  to a stop in the exit lane of a freeway.
How to Reduce the Chances of a Brake Failure Tragedy
July 1, 2007

A very unusual accident occurred in St. Paul, Minn., last fall that could easily have been the worst school bus accident in state history. Thankfully,...

Enforcing Assigned Routes and Stops
July 1, 2007

It is important for school districts or contractors who provide school busing to ensure that students use the assigned bus stop and bus run. When this...

The Road Gets Tougher for Contractors
July 1, 2007

Providing contracted transportation services for school districts has never been easy, but it seems to be getting tougher every day. At least, that’s ...

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