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Study: 1,500 stop-arm camera tickets issued in D.C. area
March 19, 2015
The finding is from a AAA Mid-Atlantic review of five jurisdictions in the Washington, D.C., area that have deployed school bus stop-arm cameras since 2013.
NHTSA, EPA officials show ‘Love’ for the school bus
February 12, 2015
Federal dignitaries join elementary students to celebrate the yellow bus and its vital role in education at the American School Bus Council’s main event for Love the Bus.
New NHTSA chief to speak at Love the Bus event
February 5, 2015
Administrator Mark Rosekind will be among the dignitaries at the American School Bus Council’s Feb. 10 event. He is slated to talk about the safety benefits of school buses.
School bus driver charged with DUI
January 28, 2015
Authorities in Tazewell, Virginia, say that no children were on the bus when the driver was arrested. However, she had just completed a route.
NASDPTS reveals dates for 2015 conference
January 8, 2015
The state pupil transportation directors’ annual gathering this year will be held Nov. 8-11 in Richmond, Virginia.
Police officers train for school bus emergencies
December 31, 2014
About a dozen Roanoke, Virginia, police officers participate in tactical training on the city’s school buses to familiarize them with the vehicles in the event of a crisis such as a crash, fire or hostage situation.
Virginia school bus drivers stage 'sick out'
November 4, 2014
Nearly 40 Portsmouth Public Schools drivers called in sick on Monday morning to protest for higher pay. School officials say they have been meeting with drivers every month and agreed to give them more money for taking on extra routes.
District awards Medicaid claiming contract to Accelify
October 31, 2014
The company’s contract with Alexandria (Va.) City Public Schools includes a system that matches transportation services to billable direct health services to produce valid transportation Medicaid claims.
Toddler fatally struck by school bus
October 14, 2014
After dropping off students, a school bus in Danville, Virginia, struck a 20-month-old boy who had made his way in front of the bus while it was stopped.
District aims to get parents on board with new bus code of conduct
August 1, 2014
Danville (Va.) Public Schools’ new conduct policy for its school bus riders seeks to better inform and involve parents. Michael Adkins, director of transportation service, explains how the policy was developed and how it was tested on four buses — which he says experienced “dramatic changes” in student behavior.
Some Virginia part-time bus drivers to get pay bump
July 10, 2014
The Roanoke County School Board approved a market adjustment to part-time driver pay, increasing the hourly rate for drivers by $3.50, and a $150 attendance bonus for drivers. The initiatives were approved as part of an effort to compete with surrounding school systems as well as fill bus driver vacancies after months of controversy over part-time driver benefit cuts.
Three adults arrested in school bus theft
July 3, 2014
The adults, along with two juveniles, allegedly took the school activity bus from the Richlands (Va.) High School campus and drove it onto the athletic field of Southwest Virginia Community College. Officials are looking into how one of the adults apparently obtained the keys used to operate the bus.
Districts are in the transportation business
April 28, 2014

School districts’ primary responsibility is to educate children. But that doesn’t mean it’s their only responsibility. Pupil transportation is still a part of the overall service that the district provides for the public.

Mutual respect strengthens driver-technician relations
February 25, 2014

Clear communication is also essential to a solid working relationship between these groups of employees. In-service or safety meetings provide an opportunity for growth in these areas by allowing drivers to learn about their buses and ask the techs questions. Drivers must also be proactive in reporting maintenance concerns.

Virginia association offers scholarship in memory of Sonny Merryman
February 14, 2014
The founder of school bus dealership Sonny Merryman Inc., who passed away in December, provided hundreds of students in Virginia with scholarship assistance. The Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation offers a $2,500 scholarship that is available to seniors at public schools in Virginia who have a parent or grandparent currently or formerly employed in the public school pupil transportation field within the state.
Virginia legislator calls for school bus seat belt study
January 6, 2014
Del. Scott Lingamfelter introduces a resolution that calls for the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the effectiveness of requiring seat belts on school buses in Virginia. Among other tasks, the commission would have to consult and summarize the findings of past and current studies on the effectiveness of requiring seat belts on school buses and solicit input from each local school board on the effectiveness and cost of requiring the belts on every yellow bus.
Virginia dealership founder Sonny Merryman passes
December 10, 2013
Merryman, who died on Saturday at age 89, launched his school bus business in 1967 when Thomas Built Buses was looking for a new dealer in Virginia. Today, Sonny Merryman Inc. has three locations and more than 125 employees in the state.
Power line falls on school bus during accident
November 27, 2013
Authorities in Newport News, Va., are continuing to investigate the crash, in which a 17-year-old driver struck a guide wire that was supporting a utility pole, which caused the wire to fall into the path of a school bus, and then the wire ultimately fell across the bus. Officers had the 31 students and the driver remain on the bus until the wire was removed.
2 school bus drivers arrested after fight
November 19, 2013
At their bus depot in Portsmouth, Va., the two drivers allegedly engage in a verbal altercation that turns physical, including one of the women hitting the other several times with a stun gun. No children are present during the incident.
2 dogs shot by police near school bus stops
October 17, 2013
Richmond (Va.) Police Department officers respond to the scene after receiving a report of a dog bite with injury. While waiting for Animal Care and Control to respond, the dogs continue to run in the area where children are gathering at the bus stops, and they charge at an officer, who fires twice, killing one of the dogs.
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