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Boy on way to bus stop escapes abduction attempt
November 3, 2014
The 8-year-old tells police that a man got out of his car and pointed a gun at him, while a woman told him to get in the car.
Student helps save bus driver during emergency
November 3, 2014
Terence Reid Jr., an 8-year-old student in North Carolina, notices the driver isn’t able to move, calls on the radio for help and directs EMTs to their location. He is being recognized with an Outstanding Citizen award.
Will Ramped-up Vehicle Tech Bring Smarter, Safer School Buses?
October 31, 2014

With advancements such as Google’s road-testing of self-driving cars, the notion is no longer relegated to episodes of “The Jetsons.” However, practical use is still a long way off, though automated vehicle technology and connected vehicle technology are arriving in increments. School bus manufacturers are keeping pace, as the technology stands to help enhance pupil transportation safety even further.

HSM names national market manager for school bus
October 30, 2014
Dave Anderson is responsible for all sales activities in HSM’s school bus market, which includes school bus seats and seat pads.
Blue Bird employment up 44% in 4 years
October 28, 2014
The school bus manufacturer’s growth in all vehicle segments has led to an increase in its workforce, which is now over 1,600 employees.
Prop arms help train drivers to check mirrors thoroughly
October 27, 2014
The prop arms can be placed around school buses to encourage drivers to look closely for, as an example, a child bending down to pick up a dropped item.
NSTA announces safety competition scholarship winners
October 27, 2014
The 2014 School Bus Driver International Safety Competition was held in Charleston, South Carolina, on July 20. The association awarded five winners funds for continuing educational opportunities.
Thomas Built invests $11.8M to expand C2 production
October 23, 2014
The investment will increase capacity and add up to 236 new jobs to Thomas Built Buses’ Saf-T-Liner C2 operations.
Kansas governor proclaims School Bus Drivers’ Appreciation Day
October 20, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback’s proclamation designates this Wednesday as School Bus Drivers’ Appreciation Day in Kansas. The event falls amid National School Bus Safety Week.
New 4-year contract for union workers at Thomas plant
October 20, 2014
Officials say that the contract ratified by the United Auto Workers rewards the contributions of Thomas Built Buses’ workforce while improving efficiency.
Micro Bird earns ISO certification
October 20, 2014
The Type A school bus manufacturer’s facility in Drummondville, Quebec, now has ISO 9001:2008 certification from the International Standards Organization.
School bus driver's smile went a long way
October 16, 2014

Valerie Robertino was impatient to get home when she pulled up behind a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended. As she waited behind the bus, what she saw cut through her bad mood and left a lasting impression on her.

Allied Specialty Vehicles names new executive
October 16, 2014
Marcus Berto will be the chief commercial officer for all product lines worldwide for ASV, which is the parent company of Collins Bus Corp.
5 myths about student tracking, dispelled
October 13, 2014
School districts are finding that student GPS tracking has many benefits, but it has also become controversial. Here are five myths about student tracking and the reasons they are inaccurate.
Iowa governor proclaims School Bus Safety Week
October 9, 2014
Gov. Terry Branstad signs a proclamation that designates Oct. 20-24 as “School Bus Safety Week in Iowa.” The event will coincide with National School Bus Safety Week.
Veteran New York transportation director moves to new district
October 8, 2014
Michael Dallessandro was recently named transportation director at Greece Central School District, which operates more than 200 route buses and transports 11,500 students daily. Dallessandro has worked in pupil transportation for more than 25 years.
GreenRoad driver feedback app offered on Zonar tablet
October 7, 2014
The fleet telematics providers complete an agreement to offer GreenRoad’s real-time driver feedback and driver behavior monitoring application on Zonar’s 2020 mobile tablet. In other news, Zonar installs its 300,000th telematics unit.
Seon kicks off part 2 of anti-bullying Coloring Contest
October 6, 2014
The winning student design from part one comes from Jazmine of Wheatfield Elementary in Indiana. Jazmine's drawing is being used as part two of the 2014 Coloring Contest, in which all school-aged children are encouraged to submit their completed coloring sheets by Oct. 31 to win one of three prize packages.
Pupil transportation leader Don Carnahan backed collaboration, technology
October 6, 2014
Carnahan, who died suddenly on Friday, was serving his second term as president of the National Association for Pupil Transportation. The industry veteran had diverse experience, as a state director of pupil transportation, a director for school bus contractor Laidlaw, and most recently as a vice president for fleet management solutions supplier Zonar.
Driver Agility Testing: Variations and Applications Nationwide
October 3, 2014

Where and how agility testing requirements become part of the hiring process varies across the U.S. Here, we take a look at different ways agility tests are used, check in with states using a mandated, formalized test, and report on additional developments in agility test considerations.

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