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July 2011 Issue


Healthcare Reform’s Material Impact on the Industry

By Christopher Nadeau and Scott Kirschner

Officials at brokerage firm William Gallagher Associates outline components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the penalties employers such as school bus contractors will have to pay for noncompliance.

Cutting Costs With Routing Software

School bus routing software can drastically reduce costs through routing optimization, and it can protect student riders by helping users identify hazardous landmarks and arrange for curbside pickup.

Q&A: New CEO of National Express Corp.

David Duke brings a wealth of industry experience to his new role as CEO of National Express Corp. Here, he discusses his objectives in the position, along with such timely topics as fuel prices and school district budget constraints.

Bidding on quality

A veteran of the school bus contracting industry gives his perspective on what makes for a successful company. The key is in knowing what it costs to provide exceptional service.

Specific Special-Needs Evacuations: DMD

Part 2 of this series focuses on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which causes deterioration of muscle tissue in boys. Knowing how to lift these passengers properly is critical for a safe emergency exit from the bus.

New Standards for School Bus Seat Belts

In October, the remaining provisions of NHTSA’s final rule on school bus occupant protection go into effect. Here, seat belt manufacturers discuss the changes.

Editorials

NAPT News & Views

NAPT's Summit this fall in Cincinnati will offer a variety of perspectives that challenge traditional thinking and will help refine creative efforts in matters critical to your organization and the industry at large.

Not just transportation

School buses in the U.S. safely shuttle some 24 million kids to and from school each day, but are the big, yellow vessels contributing to the education process in other ways?

'There, I said it': a discussion on trade shows

Publisher Frank Di Giacomo says that in his conversations with school bus industry suppliers, a recurring comment he has heard is that there is an overwhelming number of trade shows. He explores that topic in this editorial.

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