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Rotary Lift expands installer training to cover new products
September 22, 2011
The company adds a third full day to its Rotary Authorized Installer regular factory training classes, which is intended to thoroughly cover proper lift installation and service for new products. Attendees will work together to install lifts, take apart and rebuild hydraulic cylinders and accessories, and practice various service techniques.
Hearing for bus drivers in fatal Mo. crash rescheduled
September 22, 2011
Katherine Shackelford and Kelly McEnnis-Mullenix were to be arraigned Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of careless and imprudent driving for their part in a collision last year that killed two teens. The women's attorneys appear in court and reschedule the hearing for December.
In Ohio, the annual school bus crash rate has dropped about 25 percent over the past 11 years. Pictured is a bus on the streets of Cincinnati.
Why school bus crashes are on the decline in Ohio
September 22, 2011
State director Pete Japikse says that better training and management practices have led to a steady decrease — about 25 percent over the past 11 years — in the number of school bus accidents in Ohio. He discusses the state's safety efforts in an interview with SBF.
Man stops runaway bus, helps ailing driver
September 21, 2011
Matt Collins observes the school bus drift through an intersection, and it appears as though no one is driving the vehicle. When he runs up to the bus and opens the door, he finds the driver slumped over without a pulse, so he puts on the bus’ parking brake and begins administering CPR on the driver.
Texas district gets $2M to buy propane buses
September 20, 2011
Northside Independent School District in San Antonio receives a $2,001,682 check for buying 122 Blue Bird propane school buses. Director of Transportation Rafael Salazar notes that the district “has been committed to using propane for the past 30 years.”
Tags: Texas
Newsletters, videos to provide training for N.Y. bus drivers
September 20, 2011
The Cyr Foundation for Excellence in School Transportation launches a new educational program aimed at providing useful information for school bus drivers. The program includes a monthly newsletter and a 15-minute training video six times over the school year. The first issue of "In the Drivers' Seat" was sent to 60 districts across the state on Monday.
Zonar data, fleet software integration eases maintenance
September 20, 2011
Zonar and TMW Systems integrate their technology to provide maintenance facilities with real-time pre- and post-trip inspection results and remote vehicle diagnostics within TMW Systems' TMT Fleet Maintenance software. The maintenance software accesses Zonar data to identify and prioritize repairs and automate work order processes.
ZoeBus, founded by Gina Crump, offers interactive training, workshops and assemblies on bus safety and bullying prevention. Crump travels to schools in Missouri in this bus.
Photo by Brad Hill
ZoeBus instructs on bus safety, bullying prevention
September 20, 2011
ZoeBus offers interactive training, workshops and assemblies with a focus on good character for Missouri school bus drivers and elementary school students. Founder Gina Crump travels to schools in a bus equipped with flat-screen televisions and a sound system and teaches students how to "respect the ride," she tells SBF. Drivers learn how to spot the red flags of bullying.
Tags: bullying
New personnel join FerrellAutogas team
September 16, 2011
James Giovanni has been named vice president of autogas and national sales, while Terry Karges, Tony Dale and Eric Bates will serve as national directors of autogas.
Tags: propane
Mass. district equips all buses with lap-shoulder belts
September 16, 2011
IMMI has completed installation of its SafeGuard seating products on Waltham Public Schools' buses. A grassroots group educated the district’s school committee on benefits and expected costs of adding lap-shoulder belts to school buses, and more than 800 Waltham residents signed a petition requesting that the committee require the belts in its bus contracts.
At Denver Public Schools, students in two northeast communities have a new way to access greater school options and opportunities: the Success Express.
Denver district enhances service with bus shuttle system
September 15, 2011
At Denver Public Schools, students in two northeast communities have a new way to access greater school options and opportunities: the Success Express. Any student can board a yellow school bus shuttle at any stop and ride it to his or her participating school of choice.
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Chairman and Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez addresses a crowd during the kickoff for the MVC's biannual school bus inspections.
N.J. back-to-school event promotes bus safety
September 15, 2011
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission holds a safety event at the Egg Harbor Township Board of Education school bus maintenance garage to kick off its biannual school bus inspections. Director of Transportation Warren Fipp discusses the event, and the importance of the inspection program, with SBF.
NTSB: Ban cell phone use for commercial drivers
September 15, 2011
Citing distraction from the use of a mobile phone by a truck driver as the probable cause of a crash that killed 11 people, the National Transportation Safety Board recommends banning the use of mobile phones by commercial drivers, except in emergencies.
Special-needs conference to offer over 40 hours of training
September 15, 2011
Registration is now open for the 2012 National Conference on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers, to be held in Orlando, Fla., March 9-14. Sessions will include “Compliance Versus Excellence,” “Medications on the School Bus,” and “Couples Therapy” — for relationships between transportation and special-ed departments.
Driver suspended for leaving student dangling from bus doors
September 15, 2011
The school bus driver reportedly stops in front of 5-year-old Alexis Luvell’s home and opens the doors to let her out, but drives off before ensuring that the girl has fully exited the bus. Her backpack is caught in the doors, and she is left hanging as the bus drives 41 feet down the road. The incident is under investigation.
Gasboy says new warm weather DEF dispenser can cut costs
September 15, 2011
The company's Warm Weather Atlas Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) dispenser does not include a heated cabinet. According to officials, this reduces the total cost of ownership for fleet operators in locations that do not approach the DEF freeze point of 12 degrees Fahrenheit.
Blue Bird honors suppliers during conference
September 14, 2011
The school bus manufacturer recognizes Amtech LLC, The C.E. White Co., Cummins Inc., Dekalb Tool and Die, Five Points Services Inc. and Quality Drive Away Inc. with its 2011 Global Supplier of the Year Award at its annual Supplier Conference.
$5K awarded in America's Best scholarship program
September 13, 2011
The funds from Delco Remy go to qualifying school bus technicians and inspectors to help them attend NAPT's 2011 America's Best competition.
Industry veteran Barry Stock is coming out of retirement to become a principal at a new school bus contracting company, Landmark Student Transportation.
Barry Stock joins new school bus company
September 13, 2011
The industry veteran comes out of retirement to serve as a principal of Landmark Student Transportation, a new contractor based in Ontario. "I'm too young to completely retire," Stock says, "and school busing is what I love and know best."
Mass. district scraps new busing plan
September 13, 2011
North Attleboro Public Schools will reinstate bus service to all stops and go back to using last year’s routes after deficiencies in its new busing plan are revealed during the first week of school. A bus that was cut from the fleet to save the district $45,000 reportedly will be brought back into service by W.T. Holmes Transportation Co. at no cost to the district.

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