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Pennsylvania school bus driver facing DUI charges
November 30, 2015
A student noticed that Vanessa Baillis seemed to forget where she was going, and a criminal complaint states that Baillis drove off the road and fell asleep behind the wheel. Blood work showed oxycodone and a powerful anti-anxiety drug in her system.
Survey estimates over 30K illegal school bus passing incidents in New York
November 30, 2015
The New York Association for Pupil Transportation’s Nov. 18 survey found that 1,020 bus drivers reported a total of 627 illegal passing incidents. When applied to over 50,000 school buses statewide, the total estimated illegal passing rate is 30,735 for that day.
Blue Bird honors top dealers
November 30, 2015
Yancey Bus Sales & Service is named Blue Bird’s 2015 Dealer of the Year for best overall performance in North America.
Student behavior cited as factor in school bus crash
November 24, 2015
A driver in Colorado was distracted by noisy students before his bus veered off of a narrow road and rolled last week, district officials say. The driver was new to the job.
Rotary Lift, Total Tool partner to streamline lift purchasing
November 24, 2015
Total Tool will distribute Rotary Lift’s line of in-ground and above-ground heavy-duty vehicle lifts in New York and Vermont. The agreement will shorten the buying process for municipalities, schools and other public agencies.
School bus drivers honored for saving students from fire
November 24, 2015
Sammy Agunbiade of Houston, Texas, rushes the 30 students off the bus when he hears popping sounds and smells something strange. The bus explodes into flames as a second bus driver comes to take the students farther away from the bus.
Report cites district-wide problems in Palm Beach busing debacle
November 23, 2015
A lack of clear leadership, a “culture of distrust” and inadequate staffing factored into the district’s school transportation meltdown this fall, an attorney finds.
Teen motorist sentenced for death of girl boarding school bus
November 23, 2015
Michael Shelly, the 18-year-old Pennsylvania driver who fatally struck 16-year-old Minete Zeka while she was crossing an intersection to board her bus last year, is sentenced to 11.5 to 23 months in prison and five years of probation.
Last Chowchilla school bus kidnapper denied parole
November 20, 2015
A state panel denied Frederick Woods parole for the 14th time due to disciplinary infractions that demonstrate continued criminal thinking, authorities say. He will be able to seek parole again in three years.
SureBus by Fortress Mobile: Real-Time Monitoring, Real Time Peace of Mind
November 19, 2015
Introducing SureBus: a powerful, comprehensive fleet data management solution for school buses, with live GPS tracking and real-time video for dispatchers and operations staff.
Bill would require sensors on New Jersey school buses
November 19, 2015
New school buses in the state would need sensors to alert the driver of objects in front or in back of the bus, under a bill advanced by an Assembly committee.
School bus driver recognized for response after plane crash
November 19, 2015
Sandy Jett of Ohio quickly backs away from smoke, fire and downed power lines caused by a fatal plane crash on her route. Her supervisor commends her for preventing students from seeing the accident and keeping them calm.
New York association names new president
November 19, 2015
The New York School Bus Contractors Association elects Michael Martucci as its new president. Martucci is the owner and founding partner of Quality Bus Service, which he started after graduating from college.
Thomas Built ups Allison transmission coverage to 7 years
November 18, 2015
The increased transmission warranty will be on Thomas school bus models built in 2016 that include the Allison 2500, 2550, 2300 or 2350 PTS.
Texas district’s new school buses to include 3-point seat belts
November 18, 2015
The Houston Independent School District made the decision after NHTSA updated its position to suggest that students should have access to three-point seat belts.
Weighing the costs and benefits of safety technologies
November 18, 2015

Pedestrian detection technology could be ideal for a school bus on an urban route. ESC is particularly beneficial for a bus traveling at higher speeds.

Nissan pulls controversial ‘school bus race’ ad
November 17, 2015
After NAPT leads an outcry over the Nissan commercial, which shows a father and son racing a yellow bus to school, the automaker takes it off the air.
Last Chowchilla school bus kidnapper seeks parole
November 17, 2015
Frederick Woods, one of three men convicted in the 1976 kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver, has a parole hearing scheduled for Thursday. A congresswoman and a retired state appellate judge say that he has served enough time.
School bus overturns, no one hurt
November 17, 2015
A driver in Tennessee apparently blacked out and lost control of the bus, and it then jumped the curb and flipped over. The driver and aide were the only passengers aboard.
Thomas Built Buses delivers 75,000th C2 school bus
November 16, 2015
The landmark Saf-T-Liner C2 goes to Bishop Bus Service in Maryland. Thomas Built has another upcoming milestone: its 100th anniversary.
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