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Bus Master Pro 6.2 Geocode Inventorymaintenance software includes modulesfor work orders, inventory and vendors, among others.
Choosing the right maintenance software for your facility
May 2, 2013

Each system brings a diverse set of functions to the school bus market, including inventory tracking and work order generation, and many are customizable to meet operations’ individual needs.

Preparing for the threat of hijacking
April 30, 2013

Regardless of whether the driver obeys the commands or resists a hijacker, every single school bus driver must understand that their No. 1 priority is the protection of the children on board. Drivers must be prepared mentally for these situations and conduct drills to reinforce proper procedures.

Dan Peters has experience in the specialty vehicle industry, having served five years with fire truck maker Pierce Manufacturing.
New Collins exec shifts from red to yellow
April 23, 2013

With a background in the fire truck industry, Dan Peters comes to Collins Bus Corp. with a keen understanding of the importance of building a top-quality vehicle for the job of protecting people.

Phones: not the only distractions
April 17, 2013

What about having conversations with kids (or even aides) on the bus while driving? Is that a source of distraction that should be avoided?

Communication leads to cost savings for Florida district
April 16, 2013

The collaborative atmosphere at the School District of Manatee County’s transportation department ensures that everyone works together to do their jobs efficiently, minimizing unnecessary expenditures. A combination of factors, including providing ongoing driver instruction to help them operate new buses that have been purchased, has saved the district about $400,000.

Trained school bus drivers often respond to evacuation missions. Pictured here, Houston Independent School District sent 142 buses to New Orleans to help with evacuation and relief efforts in the days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The Yellow Bus' Vital Role in Homeland Security
April 9, 2013

School buses have been used in a variety of operations to protect the public in emergencies, such as hurricanes and floods. Here are details on how pupil transporters are preparing for and responding to times of crisis.   

Charles Poland: A tribute to a fallen hero
April 4, 2013

In its definition of the word “hero,” Webster’s notes that it is “especially one who has risked or sacrificed his life.” Charles sacrificed his life to protect his kids — the passengers on his school bus.

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.

Photo by Scott Thorner
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.

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