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Past champs take top titles again in bus safety competition
July 25, 2013
At the 2013 School Bus Driver International Safety Competition, Larry Hannon of Pennsylvania places first in the conventional category — his ninth win. Antonio Perez of California wins the transit category for the second year in a row.
NTSB: Proper lap belt use could have lessened injuries in bus crash
July 23, 2013
In its investigation of last year's fatal Chesterfield, N.J., school bus crash, the National Transportation Safety Board finds that some students wore their lap belts improperly and some didn't wear them at all. The agency says it believes that lap belts can provide a benefit to most school bus passengers who wear them properly, although the addition of shoulder belts would reduce flailing injuries and provide greater protection.
NAPT developing enhanced security training
July 23, 2013
The association conducted a safety and security survey, which provided insight into school bus operations' current security-related training and procedures, as well as what they want more of. Executive Director Mike Martin discusses the survey results and how NAPT is using them to develop specific training.
Past national champs take top spots in California roadeo
June 14, 2013
Antonio Perez of San Dieguito Union High School District, a winner at the national level last year, places first at this year's California state school bus driver competition. Brent Carman, who has won national championships multiple times, places third.
Jones County school bus driver named North Carolina's best
June 7, 2013
Charles Mantie places first at the annual North Carolina State School Bus Roadeo. The Jones County Public Schools driver earns the distinction after navigating a school bus through an obstacle course that tested drivers' skills in mastering a diminishing clearance, backing, making a tight turn and parallel parking.
Bret Brooks offers guide on drug abuse
June 3, 2013
The new book gives details on the warning signs of drug abuse, paraphernalia usage and drug-related violence. Brooks, an instructor and consultant, says that "anyone that has children or works around children will find the information in the book to be very useful."
Program makes bus driver certification more efficient
May 29, 2013
Tennessee launches the THP Pupil Transportation Certification application, which replaces a paper-based manual process. Officials expect the program’s mobile and web-based components to provide substantial savings in time and expense and a significant reduction in errors due to manual entry.
Education Compliance Group offers sale on training videos, book
May 8, 2013
All four of Peggy Burns' video training programs and her book on special-needs transportation are available at a 50% discount until Aug. 15.
Video shows 4-year-old alone on school bus
May 3, 2013
School bus video surveillance footage obtained by ABC15 shows an unsettling ordeal for a 4-year-old boy with special needs who was left behind. In the video, the boy appears to wake up, gets up from his seat and looks around. The youngster, holding his backpack, looks scared and unsure of what to do.
Dubai school transport conference draws global crowd
May 3, 2013
About 17 nations are represented at Dubai’s first school transportation conference. Speakers and delegates make recommendations in such areas as school transportation safety and security, driver training and road layout around schools. NAPT President Alex Robinson tells SBF that being at the event had a feeling of “what it was probably like to be at an early Warrensburg conference.”
Child Safety Network offers Safe Bus program
May 1, 2013
In partnership with the School Bus Safety Co., the Child Safety Network initiative aims to reduce school bus accidents — with an added benefit of generating revenue for districts. The free Safe Bus program, which receives funds from corporate sponsorships, includes a comprehensive training curriculum, school bus safety PSAs, and a GPS and parental notification system.
DVD teaches bullying response techniques
April 30, 2013
The video, called “What Are You Going To Do?,” was created by the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association and Dr. Allan Beane, founder of Bully Free Systems. It depicts various types of bullying, with one situation leading to a student taking a bus hostage. Those involved in developing the video tell SBF the goals were to show a worst-case scenario and provide tools that drivers can use to address bullying.
47-year school bus driver honored in New York
April 23, 2013
Pat Beesmer, a driver for Ethan Allen Transportation, is named School Bus Driver of the Year in Ulster County. A mother of three kids who have been passengers on Beesmer's bus says that she is "very tuned in to every child's needs — those who occasionally get bus sick, and those who miss Mom or Dad on their first day of school."
Veteran school transportation manager ends career with one last trip
April 19, 2013
When Louk Markham got behind the wheel of a school bus recently, it wasn't just any field trip — it was his final journey in a pupil transportation career that began nearly 40 years ago. Markham, who concluded his tenure as transportation supervisor at Merced (Calif.) City School District, discusses the highlights and challenges of his time in the yellow bus industry.
GreenRoad adds fleet tracking to driver management service
April 12, 2013
With the availability of GreenRoad Advanced Tracking, powered by GPS Insight, GreenRoad adds fleet management capabilities to its driver performance and safety solution, which combines real-time, in-vehicle safety feedback with a management portal that provides insight and guidance.
School Training Solutions team cycles Gulf Coast in relay
April 4, 2013
Director Patrick Willi and others from School Training Solutions, which provides online school bus driver training, set out on a 263-mile ride from New Orleans to Pensacola Beach, Fla., on April 5. Willi says that he hopes to use his experiences and stories from the bicycle relay to encourage road awareness and safety.
Study points to risks of 'permitted' left turns
April 3, 2013
Researchers in Oregon say that in permitted left turns — distinguished from protected left turns — drivers may have to pick their way through narrow windows of oncoming traffic. Their study finds that about 4% to 9% of the time, drivers making permitted left turns don't look to see if there are pedestrians in the way.
CASTO conference takes on distracted driving
March 26, 2013
At the California Association of School Transportation Officials’ annual event, several sessions address the dangers of distracted driving, while other sessions cover lessons learned from fatal incidents involving buses, and effective teaching strategies. The vendor show features more than 30 exhibitors.
Communicating clearly can cure confusion
March 20, 2013
Whether speaking or writing, accuracy and clarity are essential in communication. Supervisors need to make their instructions very clear so the whole department or group has proper direction and can achieve goals together.
Colorado team wins special-needs roadeo
March 14, 2013
Myra Walstead and Jesse Hill from Academy School District 20 take first place in the annual National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo. The runner-up teams hail from Georgia and California.

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