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Alt-fuel Vehicles, Safety Tools on Tap at NAPT Trade Show

Several alternative-fuel vehicles debuted during the show in Kansas City, Missouri, including two new CNG school buses and an all-electric bus. Also, safety-related products, such as a stop-arm violation data system and a student and vehicle tracking system, grabbed the spotlight.

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16 key school transportation issues in the New Year
NAPT News & Views: As we begin a new year, we want you to have a snapshot of the issues we consider front and center for our industry. Here are some issues on the NAPT public policy radar screen in 2015.
<p>SWAT team members sweep a school bus after the live-action event that simulated a response to an active shooter.</p> Conferences Target School Bus Security, Leadership Skills
Here, we recap highlights from the NAPT Summit and NASDPTS Conference, which were held in Kansas City, Missouri, in November. Sessions covered such pertinent topics as shooter response training, student safety and leadership, and awards recognized vital contributions to pupil transportation.
Bright ideas to make sure drivers buckle up
It’s up to each school bus driver to wear his or her seat belt at all times while operating the bus, but we know from seeing occasional reports that there are some drivers who aren’t always buckling up. With that in mind, transportation supervisors have to reinforce the importance of driver seat belt compliance, and they have to monitor that compliance.
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Recessed camera
To address the hazard of passenger head impact with cameras that are mounted in school buses and protrude several inches from the ceiling, REI introduced a low-profile, recessed camera that only extends 1 inch from the ceiling and creates a safe passenger zone.

Child-check safety kit
The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association has developed a training tool to remind drivers to check their bus for sleeping children.

Training program for downed power line practices
“Safe Practices for Downed Power Lines,” a new training program, instructs school bus drivers and students on what to do if power lines fall on their bus.

DVR
Seon's Trooper TL-HD is a compact, full-featured DVR offering high-definition recording of four analog and one high-definition camera views at 30 frames per second simultaneously across all five channels, company officials said.

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<p>Pinellas County Schools of Largo, Florida, participated in the Pinellas Park Christmas Parade this year. Photo by Meredith Bray</p> PHOTOS: Buses, drivers get festive for holidays

The holidays are here, and transportation departments are getting into the spirit of the season.... Visit photo gallery

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