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Head of Chinese school sentenced in bus crash
July 26, 2012
Head of Little Doctor Kindergarten Li Jungang receives seven years in prison for the accident, which killed 19 children and two adults in November. Sixty-four passengers were on board the converted nine-seat freight van when it collided with a truck.
Bus driver cited for careless driving in fatal crash
July 26, 2012
Albert Hazen receives the citation after the Florida State Attorney’s Office reviews an investigation report from the Florida Highway Patrol, which finds that no drugs, alcohol or texting were involved, but Hazen was inattentive when he turned into the path of a semitrailer. The assistant state attorney says that nothing leading up to the crash, nor the crash itself, was a criminal offense.
Tire bead breaker is efficient, small
July 26, 2012
ESCO’s Model 20425 pneumatic truck tire bead breaker allows for a technician to roll the tire/wheel assembly into the unit to break both beads at the same time in seconds, officials say.
Tags: tires
Man run over after grabbing onto bus window, falling
July 26, 2012
Alex Haskins dies at the scene. He reportedly came to the bus after a relative on board became involved in an altercation with other passengers and called for help.
The STEFFI Crossing Enhancer can be worn on a bare hand or over a glove. In New York state, bus drivers are required to use this thumb and forefinger technique when crossing students.
Bus driver’s invention targets student crossing safety
July 26, 2012
The STEFFI Crossing Enhancer is designed to be worn on the back of a driver’s hand, and it comprises a gray reflective arrow on a bright yellow background with an orange border. Victoria DeCarlo, who developed the product, tells SBF that it can be worn on a bare hand or over a glove, and that its colors and arrow are highly visible through the windshield of a school bus, and from a distance.
Tags: New York
REI software add-ons monitor fleet heath, video
July 24, 2012
The company's A.R.M.O.R.-Auto Pilot manages downloading, reporting and automated notification of video events, while A.R.M.O.R.-Diagnostics, a vehicle, DVR and camera diagnostics software tool, allows proactive monitoring of a fleet’s health status.
Bus driver killed in collision with cement truck
July 24, 2012
Six others, including four children, are injured after the driver of the cement truck loses control of his vehicle and strikes the school bus. The crash reportedly melds the fronts of the vehicles.
Ga. district board approves stop-arm violation measure
July 23, 2012
Under the measure, Cobb County School District would sign an agreement with American Traffic Solutions to issue $300 citations to motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses. The measure now awaits the approval of the Cobb Board of Commissioners.
Man faces charges for school bus sniper hoax
July 23, 2012
Earlier this year, Codarrius Rayshun Brewer claimed that he ran after a person pointing a gun at buses, and that the person shot at him. Now, authorities say Brewer has admitted to fabricating the story, and charges against him include making a false report and obstruction.
David Harden joins Trans/Air sales team
July 23, 2012
Harden will serve as regional sales manager for the bus climate control supplier, calling on Trans/Air accounts and developing new business in 11 western states. He was previously with IC Bus.
Blue Bird to unveil new safety options, adds dealer
July 20, 2012
The school bus manufacturer will have on view during an industry event technology available as new options for its buses, including a stop-arm camera system, a combination rearview mirror and camera system from Rosco and a danger zone alert system. In other news, the company welcomes Hoover Truck Centers to its dealer network to serve the state of New Jersey.
NSTA honors outstanding contractors
July 19, 2012
More than a dozen school bus contracting professionals earn awards at the National School Transportation Association’s ceremony in Milwaukee. Percy Abbott of First Student wins the Distinguished Service honor.
Calif. district increases bus fees
July 19, 2012
Temecula Valley Unified School District raises the cost of its annual bus passes from $520 to $550 per student. According to a district official, the change was made because the state severely underfunds Temecula's transportation due to a technicality of the stipulations under which the district was incorporated.
Kobussen named Contractor of the Year
July 19, 2012
The Wisconsin school bus contractor delivers exemplary service to its school district customers — one of which Kobussen has been serving for nearly 75 years. Members of the Kobussen family have also served as key contributors to school transportation associations, and they are known for lending a hand to colleagues.
Fla. Highway Patrol submits report on fatal bus crash
July 19, 2012
The findings are submitted to the State Attorney's Office for review, the outcome of which will decide if former St. Lucie County School District bus driver Albert Hazen is cited for a traffic offense or charged criminally for the crash that killed one student and injured many others.
Minn. pupil transporters honored for service, dedication
July 18, 2012
The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association recognizes six school bus drivers with the Transportation Specialist Award. Betty Jeanne Trobec, owner of Trobec’s Bus Service Inc., receives the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Bruce Dischinger, an owner of Monarch Bus Service, receives the Jim DeVeau Award.
Honolulu ups transit service after state school bus cuts
July 18, 2012
The City Department of Transportation Services will increase city bus service on four routes. A transit official says that the move aims to ensure that students "won’t be stranded when school starts."
Winners named in national bus safety competition
July 17, 2012
Drivers from around the nation participate in the 42nd Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition. Mark Koelbl of First Student in Alberta places first in the Conventional Bus category, Antonio Perez of San Dieguito Union High School District in California takes top honors in the Transit Bus category and Russell Altizer of Montgomery County Public Schools in Virginia wins first place in the Small Bus category.
Tags: NSTA, roadeo
Transfinder app provides instant access to critical info
July 17, 2012
The company's new Infofinder mobile application allows users to document incidents such as bus accidents in real time and access information or reports. It is available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
Redflex acquires safety camera program
July 17, 2012
The company expands its student safety division through the acquisition of SmartBus Live. The program helps monitor and deter drivers who illegally pass school buses while the stop arm is deployed.

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