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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.
TV show features Mich. contractor’s hybrid buses
April 11, 2012
The Clean Cities Success series of the public television program MotorWeek covers Dean Transportation’s four Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner C2e units. Director of Development Patrick Dean discusses the benefits the company has seen as a result of running the buses.
App aims to streamline bus inspections
April 10, 2012
Indiana troopers have been using paper forms with a checklist during school bus inspections, then manually entering the info into a database — which officials said is cumbersome. A university computer class came up with an idea for an online application that digitizes the process with the use of tablet devices.
Zonar, Esri offer integrated vehicle tracking system
April 10, 2012
Officials say the system, which delivers real-time fleet data layered with geographic map information, helps companies determine capacity enhancements, improve fuel efficiency, optimize routes and share interactive transportation maps on the web.
Tags: GPS
New AngelTrax system captures stop-arm violations
April 10, 2012
IntelliGuard automatically captures and wirelessly transfers high-quality video of an offending vehicle’s license plate — as well as its make, model and color — without intervention from the school bus driver.
Last year's inaugural national survey found that more than 76,000 vehicles illegally passed school buses in a one-day snapshot. Photo by Lois Cordes
States launch 2nd national stop-arm running count
April 10, 2012
The inaugural survey found that more than 76,000 vehicles illegally passed school buses in a one-day snapshot. This year, NASDPTS aims to get more states involved in the count and to keep raising awareness about the pervasive problem.
Gov. Terry Branstad has signed into law legislation that requires employers to perform background checks on school bus driver applicants and then every five years once an employee is hired.Photo by Wikipedia user Cburnett
Iowa mandates school bus driver background checks
April 10, 2012
Gov. Terry Branstad signs legislation that requires employers to review the Iowa court information system, as well as the sex offender registry and central registries for child abuse and dependent adult abuse, for information regarding applicants. State director Max Christensen shares with SBF his views on the new law, which also requires checks every five years once applicants are hired.
Propane vehicle parade to feature Blue Bird Type C bus
April 9, 2012
The school bus manufacturer’s Next Generation 2012 propane-powered unit will be among the vehicles featured during the Propane Clean Air Rally and Autogas Parade, which will be held in Atlanta on Saturday. A press conference and a ride-and-drive event will follow the rally and parade.
National Express names chief operating officer for transit
April 9, 2012
The school bus contracting company appoints Mike Rushin to the newly created role, where he will be responsible for growing and overseeing all transit operations in North America. Rushin most recently served as president of transit services for TransCare.
Clovis (Calif.) Unified School District added 65 buses to its fleet when transitioning from contractor- to district-run special-needs bus service.
District buses special-ed kids, expects $400K in savings
April 9, 2012
Clovis (Calif.) Unified School District brings the service in house after it had been contracted and sees ridership growth in addition to financial benefits. Director of Transportation Charlie Ott discusses this with SBF, as well as the steps that were taken to make the transition this school year.
$4K awarded in school bus safety challenge
April 5, 2012
National Express Corp. holds the challenge for its customer service centers, aiming to reduce preventable accidents and work-related injuries. Blue Bird sponsors the awards, with $1,000 going to each of four regions.

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