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NTSB cites driver fatigue, lax oversight in fatal crash
August 2, 2012
A motorcoach operated by Sky Express Inc. struck a cable barrier and overturned last May, killing four passengers. The agency finds that the driver's schedule limited his opportunity for sleep in the 72 hours leading up to the crash, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration repeatedly failed to enforce safety regulations against Sky Express.
NAPT Summit adds 2 speakers
August 2, 2012
Michael Eugene of Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla., and Anne S. Ferro of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are scheduled to speak at the National Association for Pupil Transportation's 2012 Summit in Memphis in October.
LBS South acquires IC Bus distribution rights
August 2, 2012
The company completes a deal with Jacksonville-based Rivers Bus and RV Sales for the rights. Officials say they plan to expand the capabilities of the former Rivers Bus facility and expand its product line. LBS South will offer a range of training, service and support to customers.
Bill would set inspection standards for wheelchair lifts
August 1, 2012
Under the Ohio legislation, the rules adopted and enforced by the state Department of Safety would require that each lift installed on a vehicle used for pupil transportation be inspected by a person certified by the lift’s manufacturer. The inspector would need to sign a form attesting to the lift’s compliance with the rules.
First Student names location manager, wins new contract
August 1, 2012
Dave Chappell will oversee all transportation operations in Greensboro, N.C., including safety and maintenance for Guilford County Schools. In other news, the company will provide school transportation for the Nebraska panhandle under a four-year agreement with Gering and Scottsbluff Public Schools.
As part of a new agreement, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority and NAPT will cohost a school transportation summit in Dubai next spring. Photo by Imre Solt
Dubai taps NAPT for school bus expertise
July 31, 2012
As part of a new agreement, the National Association for Pupil Transportation will work with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority to benchmark its current school transportation service. The two organizations will also cohost a school transportation summit next spring in Dubai.
Tags: NAPT
Bullied school bus monitor to retire
July 31, 2012
Karen Klein of Greece (N.Y.) Central School District became a household name when video of her enduring harassment from students on board a bus went viral. Last week, she announced her plans to leave her job, but she says the bullying incident is not the reason behind her decision.
Calif. district restores some busing for fall
July 31, 2012
Temporary school bus routes will serve nearly 2,200 Lake Elsinore Unified School District students who live in remote areas. The district had decided earlier in the year to cut regular-ed transportation, but officials now say that about $350,000 in one-time funding is available to restore limited busing.
Versatrans solution manages ridership fee payments
July 31, 2012
Versatrans Pay to Ride from Tyler Technologies Inc. provides tools to handle billing, invoicing and payment processing, all through a web-based interface for school districts and the families of their students. Multiple payment options are available, and enrollment plans are customizable.
Tags: bus fees
3 boys charged with school bus vandalism
July 31, 2012
The boys are accused of driving eight buses around a Delaware lot, damaging 15 vehicles, perimeter fence and gates. Damage is estimated at more than $22,500.
District transportation director dies suddenly
July 31, 2012
After attending his sons' basketball games, Rock Hill (S.C.) Schools Transportation Director Anthony White checks himself into the hospital for side pain and what he thinks is pneumonia. He is declared dead the next morning.
First Student to provide shuttle service to high schoolers
July 30, 2012
The school bus contractor will transport these students within Lorain (Ohio) City School District for the upcoming school year following the district’s decision to eliminate high school busing due to budget cuts. The cost for the service is $20 per student for the entire school year, and it is being provided free of charge to the district.
SynTec’s new S3C school bus seat can be converted between belted and non-belted seating for passengers.
New school bus seat, ownership shift at SynTec
July 30, 2012
SynTec Seating Solutions’ new S3C seat, which can be converted between belted and non-belted options, will be available on school buses starting this fall. The company is now fully owned by global seat belt and air bag maker Takata.
Driver-trainer adds new title: CDL examiner
July 26, 2012
Jim Clary, who drives a school bus and trains other drivers at his Ohio district, qualifies as an examiner to test new truck and bus drivers for their CDL.
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.

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