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New guidance on 'crashed' car seats offered by NHTSA
April 1, 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After performing research on child safety seat performance, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has f...

9 votes shy of a load
April 1, 2004

Nine votes. That’s what it came down to in Macomb, Okla., in a November 2003 bond measure that would have allowed the local school district to purchas...

Bus driver pleads guilty in Tennessee rail tragedy
March 1, 2004

BENTON, Tenn. — Rhonda Cloer, the driver in a Tennga, Ga., school bus accident in which three children were killed, has been sentenced to a four-year ...

Omaha crash caused by road hazards
March 1, 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal investigators say several factors, including the bus driver’s lack of familiarity with the handling of the vehicle, were in...

Are we talking about a Band-Aid solution?
February 1, 2004

Should bus drivers and aides be required to undergo training in First Aid and CPR? That’s the question we posed in a recent Web Poll at www....

A spectacular show at the Salt Palace
December 1, 2003

If you didn’t have a chance to attend this year’s conference and trade show of the National Association for Pupil Transportation, you missed a great o...

12 killed in 'danger zone' in 2002-03
December 1, 2003

TOPEKA, Kan. — Twelve children were killed while getting on or off a school bus during the 2002-03 school year, a drop of one fatality from the pr...

Transmission Control System Improves Safety, Ergonomics
November 1, 2003

A new shift-by-wire transmission control reduces from four to two the number of hand-eye motions typically required to bring a school bus to a stop to...

Lessons of a tragedy
November 1, 2003

Balancing the needs of a fleet can be daunting. Does your greatest vocational fear stem from a potential need to respond to a school bus collision? If...

Oversized carry-ons create lurking danger on buses
October 1, 2003

Not unlike many other states, Tennessee pupil transportation practices concerning items that can be transported on a school bus are on a slippery slop...

Where there's fire, there's smoke
October 1, 2003

Did you read the headline closely? If so, you should have noticed that it’s "reversed." The proper cliché, if there is such a thing, is "Where there's...

New type of school bus has great potential
September 1, 2003

Now that the nation’s fleet of 450,000 school buses is again embracing the challenge of transporting 24 million children to and from school each day, ...

The Old and New in School Bus Mirror Systems
August 1, 2003

School bus mirrors are a critical safety system, and failure to use or adjust them properly can have tragic consequences. Of course, proper mirror usa...

Dangerous roof weld defects found in Carpenter school buses
June 1, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The School Bus Information Council (SBIC) issued a warning to school bus operators to examine buses in their fleets manufactured by...

Awareness and Preparedness Beat Terrorism
June 1, 2003

In 1976, three armed men hijacked a school bus carrying 26 students in Chowchilla, Calif. After transferring the children and driver into two vans and...

The Race for Better Stopping Performance
April 1, 2003

Brake performance isn’t a big conversation starter for most bus-fleet owners, but that could change when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administr...

Getting a Fix on Stranded Students
March 1, 2003

For no apparent reason, a rash of incidents involving children being left on school buses has been reported across the country in the first few months...

NTSB releases documents in Omaha crash
March 1, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has made public more than 800 pages of investigative documents on the Oct. 13, ...

A gut feeling worth sharing
March 1, 2003

Recently, I was visiting family in another state, and I was driving through a neighborhood at about 8 a.m. when I noticed a school bus coming toward m...

Lap/Shoulder Belts on School Buses: From Speculation to Reality
March 1, 2003

After years of controversy and extensive research, it appears that the school bus industry is finally nearing a reckoning of sorts on the issue of lap...

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