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Fort Wayne Community Schools and MacAllister Power Systems collaborated on a system that warns drivers if they have unfastened their seat belt without engaging the air brake parking system.
Alarm aims to prevent bus rolling incidents
April 2, 2013

A school district and a bus dealership in Indiana have combined efforts to develop a retrofit for school buses that they say enhances safety. The alarm sounds if a driver unfastens his or her seat belt and has not engaged the air brake parking system.

Fit for the job
April 2, 2013

You may feel like you can’t make time to exercise, but if you do, you just might find yourself more focused and productive while you’re working.

NAPT News & Views — School bus safety and security: creating the 'new normal'
March 28, 2013

Periodically in our national life, safety, security or both are compromised in ways that are profoundly impactful. These are the game-changers that invoke a shared emotional call to “do something.” The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., was such an event. After the passionate debate about school security options, a “new normal” will eventually emerge, because the status quo is no longer acceptable.

Key performance indicators — where to start?
March 26, 2013

Often, just by tracking and displaying results, employees become more aware of their own influence on the measurements.

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Healthcare reform: determining full-time employees
March 21, 2013

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, large employers, such as school bus contractors, must offer affordable and minimal value healthcare insurance to full-time staffers by Jan. 1, 2014, or tax penalties will be imposed. Guidance from several federal agencies shows when employees must be treated as full time based on their work hours and employment timeframes, with examples for existing and new personnel.

President and CEO Phil Horlock says that Blue Bird’s incoming orders for propane buses are “double what they were a year ago.”
Horlock points to growth in propane business for Blue Bird
March 19, 2013

With Blue Bird recently netting its biggest-ever order of propane school buses — more than 400 — President and CEO Phil Horlock is ebullient about the fuel’s potential. Here, he discusses alternative fuels, the state of school bus sales and other pertinent topics.

Contractors on school busing now, and what lies ahead
March 14, 2013

In this roundtable, executives from several school bus companies discuss driver shortage, the potential for growth in the contractor market this year, and what impact legislative issues — at the national and state levels — will have on their business, and on the industry as a whole.

Technicians at Parkway School District in Chesterfield, Mo., have formed a “Shop Professional LearningCommunity,” where they get together to share solutions to problems and develop maintenance best practices.
How to make the most of technician training
March 12, 2013

Tech-to-tech instruction and partnering with neighboring school districts for training exercises provide easy opportunities to develop employees’ skills and knowledge. Having good equipment and taking advantage of resources available through state pupil transportation associations are also worthwhile.

NAPT News & Views — Safety performance: The silence is deafening
March 5, 2013

The public expectation of outstanding performance is now carved in stone based on decades of our industry doing just that. So, trying to get reporters interested in still another story about our safety record is challenging to say the least.

Achieving efficiency in special-needs bus service
March 1, 2013

In conducting our 2013 Special-Needs Survey, we asked recipients what efficiencies or cost savings they’ve been able to achieve in special-needs transportation, and how they did so. Here are some responses.

An educational event in the Emirate
February 26, 2013

A key development in the school bus world last year was the heightened level of contact between the U.S. industry and those involved in pupil transportation in foreign nations. Perhaps most notable among those connections was in Dubai, whose Roads and Transport Authority tapped the expertise of our National Association for Pupil Transportation to promote school bus safety in the Emirate and beyond.

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Don’t fall out of your seat
February 25, 2013

Do some school bus drivers need their passengers (or someone else) to remind them to buckle up? Recent incidents of un-belted drivers falling out of their seat show the need for managers to regularly monitor their drivers’ seat belt use — and to enforce penalties for not complying.

Pros and cons of students riding transit buses
February 21, 2013

A Transportation Research Board committee was not able to pinpoint data on student transit fatalities because students are not an established subset of transit ridership. This said, a strong transit system can play an important role in high school education.

With Zonar’s EVIR system, drivers scan a tag at the back of the bus as part of their vehicle inspection.
Child-check devices: a vital reminder
February 19, 2013

To protect kids from being left stranded, drivers have to carefully check their bus. Electronic systems can help keep that duty from being neglected.


In Coney Island, boats from nearby marinas landed in bus yards. In the case pictured here, the boat’s bow pierced a bus, causing major damage.
Hurricane Sandy: the impact on NYC's school bus fleets
February 14, 2013

Last fall’s massive storm on the East Coast created a surge of challenges for student transportation in New York City, from flooded bus yards and offices to fuel and equipment shortages. Here’s an overview of the crisis and how the city’s Office of Pupil Transportation responded.

Genesee Intermediate School District’s (GISD) transportation consortiums bus special-needs and career/technical-education students in 21 school districts. The district is based in Flint, Mich.
Transportation consortiums cut costs and boost training
February 12, 2013

Genesee Intermediate School District’s transportation consortiums provide service to special-needs and career/technical students in 21 districts. Route, bus maintenance and other efficiencies have saved participating districts $42.4 million since 1997, while service continues to expand. Driver training is extensive.

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Special-needs collaboration streamlines service
February 1, 2013

By establishing policies on which students can receive special-needs bus transportation and providing those students with the exact services they need, transportation departments can operate buses efficiently, creating cost savings for districts. Communication and teamwork between school and transportation personnel are essential to achieving this.

Products at the NAPT trade show
January 29, 2013

Here are details on some of the new offerings from industry suppliers that were on view and announced during the two-day show in Memphis, Tenn. They include wheelchair lifts, a bus air-conditioning line and an integrated vehicle tracking and routing system.

A closer look at a Great Fleet
January 29, 2013

Whereas past editions of Great Fleets have been short profiles of several outstanding school bus operations, this time we take an in-depth look at one outstanding operation: Tennessee’s Shelby County Schools.

NAPT News & Views — When NTSB talks, we listen!
January 29, 2013

Over the years, the National Transportation Safety Board has become the gold standard for safety recommendations that should be taken to heart, and the agency’s vice chairman, Christopher Hart, is among its best keepers of the flame. There was much to be learned from his excellent presentation at the NAPT Summit in Memphis, Tenn., in October.

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