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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 ...

Miami-Dade (Fla.) school bus drivers learn stress management techniques during a session hosted by the district's Parent Academy.
Enhancing Driver Health & Wellness
July 1, 2007

Transportation directors point to high stress levels and weight control when asked about the top health concerns involved with being a bus driver. Man...

6 Ways to Lower the Volume of Complaint Calls
July 1, 2007

Did you get a telephone call this morning? Did a parent just have to take the time to call and tell you what great service your staff is providing? If...

Is it nature or nurture?
July 1, 2007

In his February editorial, SBF Editor Steve Hirano posed the following questions to readers: Are great special-needs bus drivers born, or can they ...

NAPT speaker gives humor guidance
July 1, 2007

Speaker and author Craig Zablocki will bring his high-spirited, unscripted comedy to the NAPT Conference and Trade Show in Grand Rapids, Mich., in Oct...

You call that a school bus, mate?
July 1, 2007

Dan and Julie Love are the owners of Love's School Bus Service in Cairns, a city in the north Australian state of Queensland.

The Loves have been...

Ricon acquired by Wabtec
July 1, 2007

WILMERDING, Pa. — Wabtec Corp. has acquired Ricon Corp. for $73.5 million in cash, including debt repayment.

Panorama City, Calif.-based Ri...

NAPT seeks board candidates
July 1, 2007

ALBANY, N.Y. — NAPT members will vote on four key board-of-directors positions this fall at the association's annual conference.

Elections ...

NHTSA's seat belt summit looms
July 1, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has scheduled a day-long public meeting to discuss passenger cras...

Texas passes school bus seat belt bill
July 1, 2007

BEAUMONT, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry signed into law a bill that requires school buses to have three-point belts in all seats.

The legislation...

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