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SBF feature focuses on bus driver background checks
October 13, 2011
In “Who’s behind the wheel?: optimizing driver background checks” from our forthcoming November 2011 issue, we outline the key components to a thorough background check and provide details on operation’s hiring and background check procedures. Pupil transporters also share suggestions on how the industry could protect itself against undesirable applicants who move from state to state.
Koroseal bus tread targets traction, cleaning ease
October 13, 2011
The company’s Pebble Tread, which has been in use for nearly 20 years, has a non-directional raised pattern that provides an aggressive traction surface and still allows for ease of sweeping. Koroseal officials discuss how it holds up to the “extreme wear and tear found in the school bus entry.”
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Thomas Built VP Ken Hedgecock (second from right) said that when third party driveaway companies couldn't deliver an order of buses on time, "we decided to do it ourselves.”
Thomas Built employees carry out bus delivery
October 11, 2011
VP Ken Hedgecock is among the team members who drive 10 school buses more than 500 miles to New Jersey. Hedgecock says that third party driveaway companies couldn't deliver the buses on time, "so we decided to do it ourselves.”
NASDPTS issues guidance on pedal misapplication
October 11, 2011
The association provides steps for state directors to take in educating school bus operations about the risks of pedal misapplication, which has been cited as a factor in several bus crashes in recent years.
Collins Bus Corp. honored for recycling efforts
October 11, 2011
The school bus manufacturer wins the Green Corporate Citizen Award at the inaugural Corporate Recycling & Waste Conference. Officials say Collins has reduced its waste stream by more than 90 percent in two years through its 2009 company-wide recycling initiative and a new single-stream recycling program that began this year.
Transfinder to release new version of routing software
October 11, 2011
Transfinder's version 10.0 of Routefinder Pro contains several powerful features, including new integration with Servicefinder, Transfinder's fleet maintenance solution, and with third-party student tracking systems, such as Zonar's ZPass.
Solution monitors bus driver cell phone use
October 11, 2011
Signal-Safe, a wireless technology from Orion Innovations, is designed to discourage driver cell phone use (and resulting distraction) to protect passengers and prevent motor vehicle crashes. Signal-Safe utilizes a cell phone signal detection device to isolate the vehicle driver station. The device is integrated with the electrical function of the vehicle and is deployed when the ignition switch is in the "on" position and the vehicle is in motion.
District cuts costs by running propane-powered buses
October 10, 2011
Zeeland (Mich.) Public Schools purchased nine new Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses in August 2010. Transportation Director David Meeuwsen says the district averages a savings of 80 cents per gallon with propane versus biodiesel fuel, and that once the district applies for the 50-cent-per-gallon government tax credit, he approximates fuel savings of 30 percent.
Thomas Built honors top dealers
October 10, 2011
The school bus manufacturer names Whayne Supply Co. of Louisville, Ky., its 2011 Dealer of the Year. President and CEO Kelley Platt says Whayne helped Kentucky obtain the first and biggest federal hybrid school bus grant in the U.S., and that the dealer provides excellent customer service. Regional dealers were also recognized.
5 N.C. districts test cameras to catch stop-arm violators
October 6, 2011
The pilot program uses a surveillance system that positions three cameras on the outside of the bus. The goal is to cut down on the more than 2,000 illegal passing incidents that school buses in the state experience each day.
NAPT Summit keynote speaker to discuss bullying prevention crusade
October 6, 2011
Jessica Brookshire will share with attendees her passion for and the mission of K.A.R.M.A: Kids Against Ridicule, Meanness and Aggression, which she founded. Brookshire has appeared at schools across Alabama and Georgia, speaking to more than 85,000 children in two years on behalf of the organization.
Student fires BB gun at bus driver
October 6, 2011
Two elementary school students who were using the gun on the bus are suspended after one of them fires the gun at the driver. Neither the driver nor any of the students on board are harmed during the incident.
Bus driver uses training to save man’s life
October 6, 2011
Tammy League rushes to assist a man bleeding from an incision point from a surgery he had recently. She uses her training, as well as safety gloves and a first aid kit from her bus, to stanch the bleeding until an ambulance arrives.
Industry stalwart Donald Tudor has stepped down from his longtime post as South Carolina's state director of school transportation.
Donald Tudor retires after 20 years as state director
October 5, 2011
The industry stalwart from South Carolina plans to remain active in pupil transportation, offering consulting services to school districts. Tim Camp, who has been working for Tudor for the past seven years, is named the new state director.
Student Transportation supports anti-bullying campaign
October 5, 2011
Bus drivers, mechanics, monitors and office staff for the school bus contractor donned blue T-shirts on Monday in support of the Stomp Out Bullying campaign’s “Blue Shirt Day.” The employees were promoting the reduction and prevention of bullying on the school bus.
School bus crashes drop 10% in Calif.
October 4, 2011
Even with increases in the state’s number of school buses and miles traveled, collisions fell from 2,091 to 1,878 in fiscal year 2009-10. Five of the crashes resulted in fatalities, but none was a student bus passenger.
Student, bus driver cited for endangerment
October 4, 2011
A 15-year-old girl on a Tennessee school bus allegedly stands up and grabs the steering wheel from the driver, who students claimed was missing stops. The driver maintains control of the bus and turns back to a high school to report the incident, but she acknowledges that she ignored stop signs in the return trip.
Rotary unveils updated 'green' inground lift
October 4, 2011
Rotary Lift introduces its updated MOD30 environmentally friendly inground lift at the American Public Transportation Association EXPO 2011. The lift includes an ultra-low-profile version of the company's patented universal saddle adapter, and both of the lift's saddle adapters offer a greater adjustment range.
4 buses burn at Ill. elementary school
October 4, 2011
Sheriff's deputies and fire personnel respond to a report of buses on fire and find four school buses aflame in the school's parking lot. Officials are considering the fire suspicious in nature but are not labeling it arson.
Alan Fidler of Indiana (center) received a plaque for placing first in the technician category.
Winners named in ‘America’s Best’ tech, inspector contest
October 3, 2011
Alan Fidler of Indiana places first in the technician category and Jack Defibaugh of West Virginia takes the top honor in the inspector category. Fidler, Defibaugh and the other competitors were scored on a written exam and multiple hands-on components.
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