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SBF Photo Contest returns
April 13, 2010
The annual competition is open to any kind of shot related to school transportation. Three winners will receive a $100 cash prize.
Study: Over a third of districts plan busing cuts next year
April 9, 2010
Also, more districts will be laying off teachers and support staff for the 2010-11 school year, and more are considering a four-day school week, the survey by the American Association of School Administrators finds.
Always on the lookout
April 9, 2010

Although the bombing failed, it brings back to the spotlight the fact that terrorists are seeking to carry out attacks on U.S. soil.

Bus Video: A Versatile Tool
April 9, 2010

School bus operators use video surveillance systems to resolve disputes and as sources of evidence in accidents or onboard incidents. Some are also using video in training drivers and recovering the costs of vandalism.

How to Beef Up Bus Lot Security
April 9, 2010

After finding that many school bus yards are lacking preventive measures, a security expert details ways to deter would-be vandals and terrorists, from barbed-wired fencing to automated lighting to surveillance systems.

School bus campaign now targeting Senate
April 6, 2010
After recruiting nearly 50 members of the House to sign a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, industry members are being urged to contact their senators. The letter asks LaHood to allocate funding for a public education program to promote school bus use.
Thomas Built calls for Driver of the Year nominations
April 6, 2010
Now in its fifth consecutive year, the contest is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade across North America, who are invited to submit 90-word essays to nominate their favorite school bus drivers.
Bus driver honored for efforts to promote literacy
April 5, 2010
Timothy Driggers, who works for a Florida school district, has received the Celebrate Literacy Award for implementing a literacy program on his bus. Driggers reads to his students every morning, engaging them by requesting listener participation. He also checks for reading comprehension.
IC Bus recognizes dealers at annual meeting
March 31, 2010
Marv Wood, training director with Leonard Bus Sales in Deposit, N.Y., receives the Unsung Hero Award. The school bus manufacturer also recognizes Regional Dealers of the Year and 10 IC Bus Dealer Scholarship recipients.
Hiring the best players
March 30, 2010

Structured interviews will reduce the incidence of unsafe behaviors and make the kids safer. In today's economy, you can be more selective about whom you hire.

IMMI wins engineering award for Premier seat
March 29, 2010
The company will receive the 2009 SAE International Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering. The award recognizes IMMI's work in increasing safety on motorcoaches and school buses with the development of the Premier seat, which incorporates SafeGuard SmartFrame technology to protect both belted and unbelted occupants.
IC Bus University session deemed a success
March 29, 2010
Sixty technicians attended the school bus manufacturer’s maintenance training program in mid-March. They received instruction on such topics as engines, vehicle lifts and transmissions. Another session has been scheduled for the week of May 3.
Free computer with Seon DVR purchase
March 29, 2010
The mobile video surveillance supplier is offering a free Dell notebook to customers who purchase 10 or more Trooper TL Series Digital Video Recorders. The offer runs until Sept. 1.
Transfinder offers updated routing software
March 29, 2010
Version 9.0 of Routefinder Pro contains features for pupil transportation personnel to optimize routes and analyze their operations to better understand current metrics. Mapping technology displays each student’s home relative to his or her morning and afternoon stops.
IC Bus to provide chassis for Thor Industries units
March 25, 2010
Under a supply agreement, several brands of vehicles manufactured by Thor will be built on IC’s new TC Series chassis, which will be powered by MaxxForce engines featuring advanced exhaust gas recirculation emissions technology.
New safety training offered for bus drivers
March 25, 2010
Auto Safety House and DrivingMBA are partnering to offer a program for school bus and other fleets that focuses on defensive driving using simulators and adult learning techniques.
SBF named a finalist for publishing award
March 23, 2010
The 2009 SCHOOL BUS FLEET Fact Book will contend against five other publications in the directories category of the Maggie Awards. The annual competition is for trade and consumer magazines west of the Mississippi.
School bus innovator to retire after 59-year career
March 23, 2010
Jack Parsons helped shape the school transportation industry in California and the rest of the country by thinking, experimenting and studying what was and asking what could be, according to A-Z Bus Sales.
Q&A With New President of Thomas Built Buses
March 22, 2010

School bus OEM appoints Kelley Platt as the successor of John O’Leary, who moved into a new role with Daimler Trucks North America. Platt played a pivotal role in Daimler’s acquisition of Thomas Built in ’98.

Thomas Built to deliver SCR-equipped buses to Durham
March 17, 2010
The school bus manufacturer in May will begin filling an order from the contractor for 288 Saf-T-Liner EF units. Along with a redesigned cockpit, the bus features a Cummins engine with selective catalytic reduction technology to meet EPA emissions requirements.

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