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Dad who confronted bus bullies to speak at NAPT
September 23, 2010
After his 12-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy was harassed, James Jones boarded her school bus. Video footage shows him threatening bus passengers and the driver. At the NAPT conference, Jones will participate in a panel discussion about bullying.
Retired bus to be converted into mobile rehab center
September 22, 2010
The Putnam County Schools bus will be outfitted with an air conditioning system, an onboard generator, pre-piped oxygen connections and a refrigerator. Local fire department officials hope to accommodate up to 12 people in the vehicle to provide medical services.
Former Maine state director will discuss service to districts
September 21, 2010
At the Transfinder booth at the ASBO convention this weekend, Richard Soules will give two presentations on how Maine is delivering transportation management services at no cost to school districts.
LaHood unveils 2009 distracted driving fatality, injury numbers
September 20, 2010
The proportion of fatalities associated with driver distraction increased from 10 percent to 16 percent between 2005 and 2009, NHTSA reports. The under-20 age group had the greatest proportion of distracted drivers.
To fee or not to fee?
September 20, 2010

It seems counterintuitive to deter districts from using fees to keep their bus programs running. If a district can’t afford to continue providing free rides and has to cut transportation, no one wins.

NAPT Summit scholarship winners announced
September 16, 2010
Ten industry professionals receive a scholarship from Zonar Systems that will cover the cost of registration to this year's event in Portland, Ore. Two receive the Peter and Linda Lawrence Training Scholarship, which will also defray the registration cost.
School bus driver fired after letting teens drive
September 16, 2010
The driver allowed two 15-year-old students to drive her school bus during the afternoon route last week. She admitted to the incident the next morning and could face charges of reckless conduct and letting an unlicensed person operate a vehicle.
Humorous school bus art offered
September 15, 2010
Industry veteran Randy Mazie takes pupil transportation quite seriously, but he also enjoys a good school bus-related joke. A few examples of his “bus art” are available for free download.
Indiana district wants DOT to pay for bus damage
September 14, 2010
Bus drivers for Indian Creek Schools have reported that rocks used in a surfacing material on a stretch of road were flying up and cracking buses’ windshields and chipping paint while they were on their routes. The district has filed a tort claim against the state DOT and believes that it should fund the cost of bus repairs.
Seon Design offers updated surveillance cameras
September 14, 2010
The company now delivers 540 TV lines of resolution as standard in its SA Wedge, SQ and SJ Dome series cameras. The SA Wedge provides color images in normal lighting and automatically switches to black and white in low-light conditions. The SJ Dome camera features an adjustable lens, while the SQ version features infrared capabilities.
School bus camera reportedly catches cop assault on student
September 14, 2010
A 16-year-old student suspected of being involved in an on-campus fight was removed from a school bus with the help of the campus police officer. The student was taken to the hospital, and the cop was put on desk duty. Footage is being reviewed by the district attorney.
Traffic fatalities in 2009 lowest since 1950
September 14, 2010
Deaths from motor vehicle traffic crashes fell to 33,808 last year; there were 33,186 fatalities in 1950. Last year also saw the lowest fatality and injury rates ever recorded: 1.13 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, according to data released last week.
NAPT News & Views
September 14, 2010

Much work is being done to promote the benefits of yellow school buses since U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood approved the establishment of a public education campaign. Among the efforts is a partnership between NHTSA, the U.S. Department of Education, the American School Bus Council and NAPT to work on developing educational materials.

School transportation audit identifies $10M in potential savings
September 13, 2010
Lee County Public Schools in Fort Myers, Fla., retained TransPar Group for the study. Findings show that adjusting start times, reducing the number of spare buses and shifting special-needs students to taxis or dial-a-ride services could help cut costs.
School bus driver killed in crash with SUV
September 13, 2010
The bus driver was traveling westbound on a highway when the SUV, which was traveling eastbound, drifted into the westbound lane and collided head-on with the bus; both vehicles then caught fire. The driver and passenger in the SUV also died in the accident.
District prohibits student cell phone use on buses
September 9, 2010
Policy seeks to prevent students from taking pictures of each other on the bus. In addition, phones were causing fights or were getting lost on the bus when students would pass them around to look at photos.
Dirk Kempthorne takes on new responsibilities
September 9, 2010
The former U.S. secretary of the Interior and governor of Idaho who spoke at last year’s National Association for Pupil Transportation Summit has been appointed president and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers. Kempthorne will lead the effort for insurers to maintain communication with national and state leaders.
Tips for enhancing efficiency
September 9, 2010

Efficiency in a school transportation operation can include vehicle fuel economy and productivity of technicians. But if we really want to talk efficiency, the discussion must focus on routing — specifically, the policies that shape school bus routes and the processes put in place to evaluate those routes.

Thomas Built unveils new Website
September 8, 2010
The site includes more product photos and information, a more extensive section on the manufacturer’s green technology offerings and enhanced navigation capabilities.
Washington district contracts with American Logistics Co.
September 7, 2010
The student transportation management company will serve Kent School District to provide service for 10 to 15 percent of the district’s hardest-to-serve McKinney-Vento students who have been displaced to remote areas inside and outside of district boundaries.

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