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Chowchilla school bus kidnapper paroled after 40 years
August 4, 2015
James Schoenfeld, one of three men convicted in the 1976 kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver, was granted parole and will be released this week.
The National Joint Powers Alliance re-awarded Mohawk Lifts a nationwide five-year contract to supply government agencies with its vehicle lifts. Shown here is a Mohawk parallelogram lift, which is available for purchase under the contract. 
Mohawk wins contract renewal to service government fleets
August 4, 2015
The National Joint Powers Alliance re-awarded Mohawk Lifts a nationwide five-year contract to supply government agencies with its vehicle lifts.
Special-needs student left on school bus for 4 hours
August 3, 2015
A California bus driver brings the other three children aboard the bus to school, drives to the bus yard and parks and leaves with the four-year-old still strapped in his seat.
Lack of A/C on school buses a concern for New York special-needs students
August 3, 2015
Last week’s temperatures in the 90s had summer school administrators and parents concerned for students riding buses without air conditioning for long periods of time, particularly those with special needs.
Pat Freyer, Onspot's president and CEO, will retire on Aug. 15. His career consisted of 13 years with engine manufacturer Cummins and 27 years with Onspot.
Onspot CEO Pat Freyer to retire
August 3, 2015
Freyer’s career consisted of 13 years with engine manufacturer Cummins and 27 years with automatic tire chain system supplier Onspot.
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The fifth edition of NAPT’s Transporting Children with Disabilities, authored by Dr. Linda Bluth, provides new and updated information.
New edition of special-needs transportation manual available
July 31, 2015
The fifth edition of NAPT’s Transporting Children with Disabilities, authored by Dr. Linda Bluth, provides new and updated information.
In an exclusive interview with SBF, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind discusses key points from the agency’s public meeting, and options for what NHTSA may propose this fall. Photo by NTSB
NHTSA chief: Some ‘unintended consequences’ of school bus seat belts are positive
July 31, 2015
In an exclusive interview with School Bus Fleet, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind discusses key points from the agency’s public meeting, and options for what NHTSA may propose this fall.
NSTA partners with Autism Society to offer toolkit
July 31, 2015
The toolkit will provide school bus staff members with information on autism spectrum disorder, signs for early detection and ways to communicate this information to caregivers and parents.
Tags: autism, NSTA
Bellevue (Neb.) Public Schools will equip 10 of its 78 school buses with cameras from REI. The cameras capture images from multiple angles and can automatically download them.
District to equip school buses with REI stop-arm cameras
July 30, 2015
Bellevue (Neb.) Public Schools will equip 10 of its 78 school buses with cameras from the supplier. The cameras capture images from multiple angles and can automatically download them to the transportation director’s computer.
Comal ISD in Texas expects its new shuttle service to cut travel time in half for some students. Pictured is Stephanie Cichon.
Express school bus shuttle aims to reduce ride time
July 30, 2015
A Texas district expects its new service to cut travel time for some middle and high school students from about 45-60 minutes to about 20-30 minutes.
The Fleetio Fuel tracking app is designed specifically for fleets. It provides data such as cost per mile, mpg and distance between fill-ups, company officials said.
Fleetio launches fuel tracking app for fleets
July 30, 2015
Fleetio Fuel lets drivers log fuel in seconds using a mobile device. The app provides fleets with comprehensive data, such as cost per mile, mpg and distance between fill-ups.
Every school day, bus driver Dale Westover travels to and from Canada on a remote route and checks in with U.S. and Canada customs several times. Shown here is Westover with his bus, outfitted with a grill guard designed to prevent damage from collisions with deer.
School bus driver’s international route includes multiple customs visits
July 29, 2015
Every school day, Dale Westover, a driver for Warroad (Minn.) Public Schools, travels to and from Canada and checks in with U.S. and Canada customs several times.
Blue Bird reveals new gasoline Type C school bus
July 28, 2015
The new bus, to be available in 2016, will run on a Ford 6.8L V10 gasoline engine.
Georgia district’s school bus drivers to conduct practice run
July 28, 2015
Atlanta Public Schools officials say that the practice will help drivers become familiar with their routes and will improve accuracy of timing during current traffic patterns.
Michigan district school bus drivers to get pay raises
July 28, 2015
Drivers for Jackson Public Schools will receive a raise and other incentives in the upcoming school year as the district works to improve its transportation system and be more competitive with area districts.
Cummins Westport’s new ISB6.7 G is a 6.7-liter mid-range natural gas engine.
New natural gas engine unveiled for school bus market
July 28, 2015
Cummins Westport’s ISB6.7 G is a 6.7-liter mid-range natural gas engine that is based on the Cummins ISB6.7 diesel engine platform.
Kearney (Neb.) Public Schools will begin using SMART Tag, a swipe card system that shows the bus driver the student's information, including their assigned bus stop. Photo by Becky Reier
District to roll out student swipe card system on school buses
July 28, 2015
When boarding the bus, Kearney (Neb.) Public Schools students will tap an ID card on a card reader, and the bus driver will be able to see the student’s photo and assigned stop on a tablet.
Eaton’s new seven-speed Procision transmissions will be available in IC Bus CE Series school buses in late 2015.
Eaton dual-clutch transmissions offered for IC Bus school buses
July 27, 2015
Eaton’s new seven-speed Procision transmissions will be available in IC Bus CE Series school buses in late 2015.
ASBC honored Magda Dimmendaal for her industry leadership and community service. She is seen here with ASBC Coordinator Markus Videnieks.
Magda Dimmendaal named a School Bus Champion
July 24, 2015
Dimmendaal, who started as a school bus driver and eventually bought the company she worked for, is honored for her industry leadership and community service.
NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind introduces the agency's meeting on school bus seat belts. The event was available to watch via webcast, as seen here.
Seat belts, student behavior discussed at NHTSA meeting
July 24, 2015
The agency's public meeting looks at the barriers and benefits of seat belts on large school buses, as well as other approaches aimed at increasing safety.
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