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Special-needs student dragged by bus
January 30, 2015
A 6-year-old boy with cerebral palsy was dragged about 15 feet as he was deboarding, possibly due to his jacket getting caught in a groove in the bus’ bottom step. The bus driver was distracted when the incident happened, according to a sheriff’s report.
Tags: Kentucky
More special-needs conferences to be held in California
January 30, 2015
The Office of School Transportation events, slated for April 14 -15 and Nov. 17-18, will focus on when and how to transport children with special needs.
A new survey’s findings include which states allow non-school bus vehicles, such as transit buses (pictured), to be used for home-school-home transportation.
NASDPTS reports on vehicles allowed in student transportation
January 30, 2015
The state director survey’s findings include which states allow non-school bus vehicles, such as vans, transit buses and passenger cars, to be used for home-school-home transportation.
American Traffic Solutions, REI partner to combat stop-arm running
January 29, 2015
Districts can now choose to add REI stop-arm cameras as part of their enforcement solution.
John Elliott Jr. (pictured) is the son of industry veteran and former National Express CEO John A. Elliott.
John Elliott Jr. joins National Express in VP role
January 29, 2015
Elliott, the son of industry veteran and former National Express CEO John A. Elliott, is named vice president of operations for the school bus contracting company.
Kelli Kepler has been with Collins’ sales department for the past six years.
Collins names Kelli Kepler regional sales manager
January 29, 2015
Kepler has been with the Type A school bus manufacturer’s sales department for the last six years and has been working directly with Collins dealers.
GAPT: Driver health funding cuts could worsen shortage, hurt recruitment
January 28, 2015
The Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation says a proposal to cut health funding for part-time school bus drivers would remove a valuable recruitment and retention tool, as well as a large chunk of driver compensation.
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.
A new logo from the Propane Education & Research Council promotes propane autogas as the term for the fuel when used for transportation.
New logo launched for propane autogas
January 28, 2015
The logo, developed by the Propane Education & Research Council, promotes propane autogas as the term for the fuel when used for transportation. It also emphasizes the fuel as an American-made energy source.
School Bus Xchange will bring together a select group of school bus operators and suppliers to exchange information and build relationships.
Applications now being accepted for School Bus Xchange
January 27, 2015
The event, a partnership between NAPT and SBF, will bring together a select group of school bus operators and suppliers to exchange information and build relationships.
Photo shows students riding on school bus steps
January 27, 2015
A former Arkansas county deputy said he initially took the picture to show how fast the bus was driving. He later enlarged it and spotted the children sitting on the steps.
Bill would require enhanced rear lights for school buses
January 26, 2015
The proposed bill calls for brighter and more visible lighting so drivers sharing the road are more clearly notified when the bus is slowing down, according to Michigan State Rep. Holly Hughes.
The U.S. biodiesel market dropped to 1.75 billion gallons in 2014. Pictured is a biodiesel-powered transit bus in Nebraska.
Biodiesel use decreased in 2014
January 26, 2015
The U.S. biodiesel market fell from nearly 1.8 billion gallons in 2013 to 1.75 billion gallons in 2014. The National Biodiesel Board points to policy uncertainty in Washington.
Governor may cut part-time school bus driver health funding
January 23, 2015
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal defended his decision to cut the funding for part-time school workers, including bus drivers, because the state doesn’t provide health insurance funding for its part-time state employees. Some lawmakers oppose the decision.
Girl dragged by school bus, injured
January 23, 2015
The student in upstate New York got hung up on the bus door by her book bag, police say, and she was believed to have been dragged nearly half a mile.
Tags: New York
Texas pupil transportation stalwart Brian Weisinger will step down from his district position but will remain active in the industry.
Mechanic-turned-director Brian Weisinger to retire
January 22, 2015
After nearly 40 years in the industry, the Texas pupil transportation stalwart will step down from his district position but will remain active in the industry.
Tags: NCST, Texas
NAPT, NSTA reaffirm position on occupant protection
January 22, 2015
The associations point to NHTSA’s 2011 denial of a petition from the Center for Auto Safety requesting that the agency mandate seat belts in large school buses.
Masonlane routing software aims to keep cost low
January 22, 2015
The company is using the Software as a Service model to keep costs low on Sunray, its cloud-based software. This model also provides an easy online purchasing process.
Florida county to pilot new student tracking system
January 21, 2015
The School District of Osceola County plans to test a program that will track students with an ID card or bracelet to ensure they safely board and deboard their school buses.
U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), shown center, brought Susan and Richard Lunski as her guests to the State of the Union address. The Lunskis helped rescue students at the scene of the Larimore bus-train crash as they waited for first responders to arrive.
Senator brings bus-train crash rescuers to State of the Union address
January 21, 2015
U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) brought Susan and Richard Lunski, the first people at the scene of the bus-train crash near Larimore, North Dakota, as her guests to the State of the Union address. The Lunskis helped rescue students as they waited for first responders.
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