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Pupil transporters among 40 Sustainability All-Stars
October 3, 2012
Officials from Houston Independent School District, Mesa (Ariz.) Public Schools, and Wisconsin contractor Riteway receive the award at the Green Fleet Conference. Their efforts include implementing alternative fuels, increasing route efficiency and decreasing office energy consumption.
This year's America's Best competition was hosted by Cummins at its engine facility in Rocky Mount, N.C.
Repeat wins for America's Best bus tech, inspector
October 2, 2012
Alan Fidler of Indiana's Tippecanoe School Corp. takes first in the 2012 national school bus technician competition. Jack Defibaugh of Greenbrier County (W.Va.) Schools wins the inspector competition. Both were also named America's Best in last year's event.
2 buses collide, 1 driver killed
October 2, 2012
San Antonio school bus driver Dolores Martinez is pronounced dead at the scene on Monday after she suddenly loses control of her bus and it hits another bus, then crashes into a fence. Officials are currently investigating the cause of the accident.
Man arrested for stalking girl at bus stop
October 2, 2012
The investigation by the Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland reveals that Narciso Bonilla beeped his car horn and waved at the girl, and he also tried to speak with her. He is taken into custody after detectives set up a surveillance operation and witness him harassing her.
Longtime Wolfington salesperson retires
October 2, 2012
Frank Shicatano joined the school and commercial bus distributor in June 1957 as a clerk typist and began selling school buses five years later. Company President Richard Wolfington says the success of Wolfington Body Co. can be “directly translated to the ability and professionalism of men like him.”
Zonar launches next-generation 3G telematics platform
October 1, 2012
The new V3 features GPS tracking capability, 3G high-speed data connection, built-in accelerometer, Wi-Fi and ultra-low-power sleep mode. Zonar officials say that the technology provides fleet managers with essential information to make important operational decisions, improve data and tracking accuracy, and increase overall safety and efficiency.
Special-needs transporter named district’s Driver of the Year
October 1, 2012
Pennsylvania’s Pennsbury School District gives Debra Roche the honor for the 2011-12 school year. Roche, chosen out of 135 school bus drivers, has nearly 40 years of experience at the wheel and has transported special-needs students for the past decade.

School bus company goes blue for bullying prevention
October 1, 2012
More than 750 drivers, monitors and other employees at All-Star Transportation don blue T-shirts calling for students to “Be Nice on My Bus!” The move is part of the fourth annual Blue Shirt Day, the World Day of Bullying Prevention.
Driver, monitor fired for leaving student behind on bus
October 1, 2012
The boy, who has special needs, falls asleep on the way to school, and the driver and aide discover him after returning from lunch about 30 minutes later. They are placed on administrative leave and terminated the next day.
District investigates student handcuffing incident
October 1, 2012
Police handcuff the autistic student after responding to a call from his bus driver and aide, who report that they and two students were bitten after the boy became aggressive and escaped his seat harness. The boy’s mother says the situation should have been handled differently.
Tags: Maryland
New tire pressure monitoring system offered for Thomas Built Buses
September 27, 2012
Daimler Trucks North America launches new tire performance monitoring technology as an aftermarket option for Thomas Built, Freightliner and Western Star commercial vehicles. Company officials say that the system allows for real-time monitoring for better fuel economy and safety.
School bus driver stops pit bull attack
September 27, 2012
Bus driver David Bliss pulls over when he sees two pit bulls attacking a golden retriever, which is being walked by a woman with her grandson. Bliss is bitten while pulling the dogs apart and receives nine stitches.
Tags: New York
Bus rear-ended by distracted driver
September 27, 2012
A man looks down at his cell phone prior to rear-ending a South Dakota school bus carrying about 20 students. At least four students are taken to the hospital for treatment.
James Rogan named chair of N.Y. driver training committee
September 27, 2012
The School Bus Driver Instructor Advisory Committee makes recommendations on safety training for drivers, monitors and attendants across New York state. Rogan, director of safety and training at Chestnut Ridge Transportation, says that the group reviews and develops “curriculums aimed at maintaining the highest safety standards.”
Motorist pleads innocent in illegal bus-passing incident
September 27, 2012
Earlier this month, Shena Hardin was caught on video driving on a sidewalk to get around the bus, and she was ticketed by police. On Tuesday, she pleads not guilty to charges of not stopping for a school bus and reckless operation.
Rolling V expands use of GreenRoad technology
September 27, 2012
The school bus company began using GreenRoad’s driver performance service in 2009 and is increasing its use in the fleet based on positive results it has had, officials say. With the service, algorithms monitor driver performance along five key maneuver categories, and if a risky or inefficient event occurs, the driver is given immediate feedback with red, yellow or green LED cues.
Ore. district revises bell times, cuts road calls
September 25, 2012
The Salem-Keizer Public Schools transportation department has adjusted all school bell times, which director Michael Shields says reduced the number of routes without causing problems or service interruptions. In other news, road calls were reduced for all vehicles by 38.4% compared to the previous year.
Girl fatally struck by school bus in Ark.
September 25, 2012
A preliminary report from the Arkansas State Police indicates that the bus was traveling toward a bus stop early Friday morning, and as the driver approached the stop he slowed down, but he did not see 7-year-old Hannah Martin, who ran into the road and was hit. No charges have been filed in the incident.
4-year-old girl dragged by bus
September 25, 2012
The girl's backpack reportedly catches on the door as she is exiting the bus at school, and she is dragged as the vehicle pulls away. The driver is suspended without pay.
Tags: Texas
Iowa district votes against transportation cuts
September 25, 2012
Davenport Community Schools board members vote 4 to 2 against the cuts, which would have expanded walk zones, eliminated paid-conditional busing and ended bus rides to babysitters and child care facilities. The district faces the task of cutting $3 million from its budget next school year.

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