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NTSB opens docket on fatal motorcoach-truck crash
May 14, 2015
Both drivers and eight motorcoach passengers were killed in the 2014 collision in California. The motorcoach was transporting high school students to Humboldt University for a campus tour.
NTSB reviews benefits of onboard video systems
April 30, 2015
The agency’s new report highlights the fatal Port St. Lucie school bus crash, in which onboard video captured “valuable data about pre-crash, crash and post-crash events.”
NAPT reveals speakers for 2015 Summit
April 28, 2015
Federal safety officials and inspirational athletes are among the key presenters on tap for the National Association for Pupil Transportation event.
Christopher Hart confirmed as NTSB chairman
March 12, 2015
With the Senate confirmation, Hart officially takes the helm of the National Transportation Safety Board after serving as acting chair since Deborah Hersman’s departure.
NTSB Chief Discusses Seat Belts, Safety Technologies
February 20, 2015

In this Q&A, Christopher Hart discusses with SBF the Chesterfield and Port St. Lucie crash investigations, lap belts and lap-shoulder belts for school buses, driver fatigue and other safety issues.

NTSB: Transportation fatalities dropped 3% in 2013
February 17, 2015
Fatalities in all modes of transportation totaled 34,678 in 2013, down from 35,796 in 2012, according to preliminary figures from the National Transportation Safety Board.
NHTSA panel to revisit school bus seat belt issue
February 13, 2015
The federal agency will convene a group to examine the long-debated topic of seat belts on school buses. A NHTSA spokesman tells SBF that plans for the panel are just getting underway.
Site of fatal school bus crash converted to traffic circle
July 15, 2014
The intersection in Chesterfield, N.J., where one student was killed and 17 others were injured when a dump truck struck their school bus in 2012, was previously controlled by a two-way stop sign. There were 15 accidents at the intersection between 2007 and 2011, but investigators determined that, based on the bus’s position, the layout of the intersection did not contribute to the 2012 accident.
Christopher Hart tapped to chair National Transportation Safety Board
July 3, 2014
President Obama nominates Hart to serve a two-year term as chairman of the federal accident investigation agency. Hart, who has spoken about school bus crash investigations at industry events, would succeed Deborah Hart, who resigned in April.
NTSB issues preliminary report on motorcoach-FedEx truck crash
April 29, 2014
The FedEx truck, traveling southbound on Interstate 5, drove through the center median and entered the northbound traffic lanes of the interstate, where it collided with a passenger car, which rotated counterclockwise and departed the highway. The FedEx vehicle then hit the motorcoach, both vehicles departed the highway and a post-crash fire ensued.
10 dead in motorcoach-FedEx truck crash
April 11, 2014
The bus is traveling on a freeway and carrying high school students on their way to California’s Humboldt State University for a tour when the FedEx semi-truck crosses the freeway’s median and collides with the bus. The drivers of both vehicles, three chaperones and five students are killed. The California Highway Patrol and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident.
NTSB investigating crashes involving tire failure
March 12, 2014
In one of the crashes, an SUV’s tire tread separated, and the vehicle collided with a school bus carrying a high school baseball team. The National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating a crash of a church van in which the tire that failed was part of a product recall.
After 10 years at NTSB, Chairman Hersman to step down
March 11, 2014
Deborah Hersman, who has served on the National Transportation Safety Board since 2004, will leave in April to become president and CEO of the National Safety Council. Mike Martin, executive director of the National Association for Pupil Transportation, says that Hersman "has been and will surely continue to be a very effective advocate for continuous improvement in school transportation."
New NASDPTS paper details support for lap-shoulder belts
February 12, 2014
The new position paper elaborates on the state directors association’s recently updated stance on lap-shoulder belts — fully supporting their installation and use in school buses. NASDPTS lays out 10 supporting points for its position, including the limits of compartmentalization and the ability of current lap-shoulder belt systems to maintain bus capacity.
NAPT News & Views — Response to NTSB's recommendations
January 23, 2014

We believe our response to NTSB’s recommendations documents a position that seeks the clarity and facts your community and state policymakers demand when making important decisions affecting school bus operations.

NAPT Summit report
January 6, 2014

From sessions on enhancing safety and efficiency to awards for outstanding service, here’s our rundown of highlights from the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s 2013 Summit, held in Grand Rapids, Mich., in October.

State directors to develop training guidelines for seat belts
December 11, 2013
In response to NTSB recommendations, NASDPTS says it will develop guidelines to assist schools in training bus drivers, students and parents on “the importance and proper use” of various types of school bus seat belts. The state directors association says it will also develop educational materials on “lap and shoulder belts providing the highest level of protection for school bus passengers” — another NTSB recommendation.
Grand Rapids conferences to cover crash results, security, KPIs
September 26, 2013
Christopher Hart, vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, will address NAPT and NASDPTS members in a joint session. He is expected to discuss recent crash investigation results and recommendations. Also during the joint session, attendees will watch the film “Impact: After the Crash,” which reenacts the catastrophic 1988 bus crash in Carrollton, Ky., and shares inspirational stories of survivors.
NTSB to hold back-to-school safety event
August 13, 2013
The event in Rockville, Md., will feature demonstrations on school bus safety, pedestrian safety and the proper installation of child safety seats. Among the participants will be Deborah Hersman, acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, and Todd Watkins, director of transportation for Montgomery County Public Schools.
Hersman tapped for 3rd term as NTSB chairman
August 13, 2013
President Obama moves to reappoint Deborah Hersman to continue leading the National Transportation Safety Board. Christopher Hart, who has been serving as vice chairman, is also nominated for another term on the board.
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