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School buses excluded from stability control proposal
May 22, 2012
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposes a new federal motor vehicle safety standard to require ESC systems on large commercial trucks, motorcoaches and some other large buses — but not school or transit buses. Mike Martin, executive director of the National Association for Pupil Transportation, discusses the issue with SBF.
NAPT News & Views — Belts in buses: Will NTSB tip the scale?
April 26, 2012

The question of whether to install seat belts on large school buses has been an emotional, contentious issue for a very long time. School bus professionals with a particular interest in this issue should not miss NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher Hart’s presentation at the NAPT Summit in Memphis, Tenn., this October. When he talks, everyone should be listening carefully.

New website touts school bus benefits
April 24, 2012
The American School Bus Council launches SchoolBusFacts.com, which serves as the hub of a national public education campaign to promote school buses as the safest and best way to connect students with their schools.
Feds show school bus support
January 5, 2012

At the annual conference of state pupil transportation directors, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland touts the safety and environmental benefits of the “humble yellow school bus,” as he calls it. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman credits state directors and others in the industry for their work to prevent school bus-train crashes.

Compelling stories behind the numbers
December 28, 2011

At the front of the Pupil Transportation Statistics section in our 2012 Fact Book, there is this slogan: "It's what's behind the numbers that counts." What a great reminder of the importance of school bus transportation.

Report: traffic fatalities in 2010 hit record-breaking low
December 12, 2011
Updated data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that highway deaths fell to 32,885 last year — the lowest level since 1949. Among other key findings in the report are that fatalities declined in most categories in 2010, and the agency also details its new measure of fatalities related to distracted driving, called “distraction-affected crashes.”
NHTSA unveils school bus promotional posters
October 27, 2011
The materials display eye-catching charts and facts on why parents should choose the school bus over other modes of transportation for their kids. “Students are about 50 times more likely to arrive at school alive if they take the bus than if they drive themselves or ride with friends,” one of the posters declares.
Feds show school bus support at NASDPTS meetings
October 27, 2011
At the annual conference of state pupil transportation directors, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland touts the safety and environmental benefits of the “humble yellow school bus,” as he calls it. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman credits state directors and others in the industry for their work to prevent school bus-train crashes.
Former NBA star to speak at NASDPTS conference
September 29, 2011
During their annual gathering next month, state pupil transportation directors will hear a keynote address from former Utah Jazz player Mark Eaton, who recently recorded a PSA promoting the yellow school bus. Also on the conference lineup are high-profile feds, including NHTSA Administrator David Strickland and NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman.
NHTSA launches traffic safety campaign for kids
September 22, 2011
The agency partners with the creators of the animated series “Chuggington” for the effort. It includes a public service announcement featuring characters from the show, a kid-focused safety pledge, and downloadable safety tips and activities on school buses, bikes and car seat use for parents and caregivers to use with children.
NTSB calls again for stability control systems
September 2, 2011
The safety board recommends that NHTSA develop standards for stability control systems — and require them — for commercial vehicles and buses over 10,000 pounds. The new recommendations supersede earlier ones.
NHTSA denies petition to require lap-shoulder belts on large buses
August 29, 2011
The agency says it is denying the petition because it has “not found a safety problem supporting a federal requirement for lap-shoulder belts on large school buses, which are already very safe.” The petition for rulemaking came from the Center for Auto Safety and 21 other groups.
Feds: Truck, bus standards to save $50 billion in fuel costs
August 9, 2011
The Obama administration says that under its new standards for fuel efficiency and pollution, trucks and buses built in 2014 through 2018 will reduce oil consumption by a projected 530 million barrels and greenhouse gas by about 270 million metric tons.
NHTSA assessing pedestrian safety around hybrid vehicles
July 19, 2011
Possible rulemakings include requiring electric and hybrid vehicle makers to add sounds that alert the visually impaired and other pedestrians when these vehicles are operating at low speeds. A NHTSA spokesperson confirms that school buses would be included.

Traffic fatalities hit historic low
April 4, 2011
The number and rate of U.S. traffic deaths in 2010 dropped to the lowest levels since 1949. Still, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says that “too many of our friends and neighbors are killed in preventable roadway tragedies every day.”
Federal agencies speak out on passenger van use
December 14, 2010
NHTSA and FMCSA administrators send a letter to all 50 states’ motor vehicle administrators to remind them that 12- or 15-passenger vans should not be used to transport students because they do not provide the same level of safety as school buses.
Cummins supports greenhouse gas, fuel efficiency standards
November 16, 2010
Company executive Dr. Stephen J. Charlton testifies at a public hearing about the EPA and NHTSA's proposed Heavy-Duty National Program, which would reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency for heavy-duty engines and vehicles. Charlton says that Cummins looks forward to working with the agencies to deliver a final rule on the program.
Feds unveil efficiency standards for trucks, buses
October 26, 2010
The EPA and NHTSA propose the first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses. School buses are included in the vocational vehicles category.
State directors support seat belt proposal for motorcoaches
October 21, 2010
NASDPTS backs the federal proposal to require lap-shoulder belts on new motorcoaches, citing increased safety for children who ride in the vehicles on activity trips. The association also supports a federal requirement for lap-shoulder belts in the driver seat of new large school buses.
LaHood unveils 2009 distracted driving fatality, injury numbers
September 20, 2010
The proportion of fatalities associated with driver distraction increased from 10 percent to 16 percent between 2005 and 2009, NHTSA reports. The under-20 age group had the greatest proportion of distracted drivers.

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