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Tenn. district could shorten bus service
April 23, 2012
Union County Public Schools in Maynardville may cut the service for eight days at the end of the school year to offset the district’s $200,000 budget shortfall. The board of education will review options at a May 3 meeting.
STI honors employees with appreciation week
April 23, 2012
The school bus contractor designates April 23-27 as Employee Appreciation Week to recognize drivers, dispatchers and mechanics for their dedication to service and commitment to safety. Company-wide celebratory events are scheduled throughout the week, and Chairman and CEO Denis J. Gallagher expresses his appreciation in a video to employees.
DOT tightens rules on medical examiners
April 19, 2012
A new federal rule requires healthcare professionals who perform medical examinations for interstate truck and bus drivers to be trained, tested and certified on the specific physical qualifications that affect a driver’s ability to safely operate the vehicle.
Tags: FMCSA
Collision strips rear tire off of bus
April 19, 2012
A vehicle crosses the center line of the road, striking the side of the bus. The crash shears two lug nuts off the bus' front left tire and completely removes the outer rear tire. No children are on the bus at the time of the accident.
Canada strives to reduce vehicle emissions
April 19, 2012
Regulations proposed by Environmental Minister Peter Kent are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of large pickup trucks, short/long-haul tractors, cement and garbage trucks, buses and more, for model year 2014 and beyond. The regulations are part of the country's overall climate change strategy, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020.
Tags: emissions
Districts foresee financial benefits from bus ads
April 19, 2012
Two school districts in Colorado estimate generating $20,000 to as much as $60,000 as a result of advertising on their school buses. A third district has earned $1,280 this school year by advertising for four organizations.
Suspect arrested in attack on school bus
April 19, 2012
A high school student on Monday attempted to force his way onto the bus to get to the driver. Investigators believe the student and the three other people involved in the attack were acting on false allegations that the driver had assaulted some students.
Clever Devices acquires GreyHawk Technologies
April 19, 2012
Clever Devices designs technology for public transportation systems, and GreyHawk designs mobile applications for transportation, including school bus fleets. Rob Dukes of Clever Devices will serve as division president, integrating GreyHawk’s products into the company’s product line.
New bus fee expected to bring in $450K
April 18, 2012
New bus fee expected to bring in $450K Starting next year, students in the Carroll Independent School District in Texas will pay $250 to ride the bus, with a family cap of $500. Officials say that the goal is to help "close the gap between state funding shortfalls and daily operating expenses."
Tags: bus fees
Mo. school bus ad bill advances
April 17, 2012
The legislation would let school districts lease advertising space on the inside and outside of buses. It closely passes out of the Missouri House and moves to the Senate.
Two boys accused of savagely beating bus driver
April 17, 2012
The students, ages 7 and 8, refuse to comply with a bus aide's instructions to calm down. The driver stops the bus to assist the aide, and one of the boys allegedly knocks her to the ground, grabs her hair and slams her head against the floor. The other boy then joins in the beating.
Duck alive after crashing through bus windshield
April 17, 2012
The bird is taken away by a North Carolina Wildlife Resources officer after it smashes through the reinforced glass and hits the bus driver in the chest. The driver suffers some scratches.
Teen throws candy from bus, hits woman
April 17, 2012
Morgan Andrew Linder is arrested after police identify him in bus security footage throwing jawbreaker candy from a bus window. The candy hits a woman in a pickup truck in the head, causing a contusion.
EvacuBlast System cleans diesel particulate filters
April 17, 2012
EnviroMotive touts the unit as a cost effective and thorough way to clean diesel particulate filters on school buses and other vehicles. Company officials say that many operations are sending their filters out to be serviced when "they can very simply do the service themselves."
Tags: emissions
Children in junior kindergarten through third grade transported by the Northwestern Ontario Student Services Consortium wear these flashing amber lights to improve their visibility when getting to bus stops.
Ontario consortium launches bus stop safety program
April 16, 2012
The Northwestern Ontario Student Services Consortium implements the “Be Seen, Be Safe” initiative after reading in SBF about its implementation at a school district in Texas. As General Manager Judi Green tells SBF, children in junior kindergarten through third grade wear flashing amber lights to improve their visibility when getting to bus stops in times of limited daylight and extreme weather.
PBS show to highlight school transportation
April 12, 2012
The second episode of the “America Revealed” series will focus on the workings of America’s vast transportation network. A spokesperson says that the episode will include coverage of “one of the nation’s most important modes of public transportation: the school bus.”
Attorney general challenges bus kidnapper’s parole
April 12, 2012
The California Attorney General's Office files an appeal in the February ruling by the First District Court of Appeal to grant parole to 1976 Chowchilla school bus kidnapper Richard Schoenfeld. The appeal claims that the ruling misinterpreted the law governing Schoenfeld’s release.
China approves bevy of school bus regulations
April 12, 2012
The regulations give buses priority in traffic congestion and require companies and drivers to acquire licenses to offer school transport services, among other measures. The long-awaited regulations come after several fatal crashes involving school buses.
Tags: China
FirstGroup appoints director of real estate
April 12, 2012
In his new role, David Farrar supports FirstGroup America by handling routine property management responsibilities, such as sales and acquisitions of real estate within the First Student and First Transit divisions.
Student stops bus after driver loses consciousness
April 11, 2012
Thirteen-year-old Jeremy Wuitschick notices the driver shaking before he slumps behind the wheel. Wuitschick grabs the wheel and pulls over before starting to perform chest compressions on the driver.

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