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Virginia legislators introduced a bill to correct the state's law on school bus stop-arm running. It was signed by the governor last week. Pictured is the state Senate.
Photo by Waldo Jaquith
Loophole closed in bus passing law
March 29, 2011
After a missing "at" in Virginia's law on school bus stop-arm running allowed a motorist to avoid conviction, legislation was introduced to clarify the wording. It was signed by the governor last week and went into effect immediately.
Anti-bullying advocate to speak at NAPT Summit
March 29, 2011
Author Jodee Blanco, who penned Please Stop Laughing At Me . . . One Woman’s Inspirational Story about her years as a student outcast, will give a keynote presentation during the event in Cincinnati in October. Blanco also developed a bullying prevention program called It’s NOT Just Joking Around!
Operation earns 15th Excellent Fleet Award
March 29, 2011
North Kansas City Schools' transportation department earns the award from the Missouri Highway Patrol for the 15th consecutive year after receiving a fleet inspection rating of 99.4 percent. The transportation director says that of the more than 100 items inspected on each of the district's buses, only one "slightly loose item" prevented the district from earning a perfect score of 100.
Bus drivers arrested for allegedly obtaining licenses using aliases
March 29, 2011
George Gregory Gonsalves and Emel Enrique Marin each had a valid commercial driver's license in one name and a suspended license in another. They have been charged with offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree and falsifying business records in the second degree.
Tags: CDL
Under new legislation signed by Gov. Gary Herbert on Friday, local school boards and charter school governing boards are permitted to sell advertising space on the exterior sides of school buses.
Utah governor approves school bus advertising bill
March 28, 2011
The legislation, which was rejected by the House in January, is brought back under a motion to reconsider it, and an amended version is eventually passed. The bill allows school boards to sell advertising space on the exterior sides of buses.
The state directors association says that its new site aims to provide its members and others in the pupil transportation community an improved, subject-based source of information.
NASDPTS launches new website
March 28, 2011
The state directors association says that the site aims to provide its members and others in the pupil transportation community an improved, subject-based source of information.
Tags: NASDPTS
Durham donates services to Special Olympics event
March 25, 2011
The school bus contractor provides seven buses and has nine employee volunteers to help out at Special Olympics Illinois’ annual Polar Plunge. In other news, the company wins contracts for school districts in Wisconsin and Illinois.
Forum to review truck, bus safety
March 24, 2011
At the National Transportation Safety Board event, agency and industry officials will discuss the safety progress made over the past decade as well as new ideas for future improvements. The announcement follows two fatal tour bus crashes in New York and New Jersey this month.
Tags: NTSB
Hawaii DOE considers cutting school bus services
March 24, 2011
Eliminating the service on Oahu is one of several options that the state's Department of Education has proposed in the wake of a draft budget approved by the House last week that would reduce the department's funding request by $55 million in both fiscal years 2012 and 2013.
NAPT president completes special-needs training program
March 24, 2011
Dr. Linda Bluth is the fourth person in the U.S. to successfully complete the NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program consists of 24 hours of education in a variety of different settings. The core curriculum is supplemented by eight hours of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
Tags: NAPT
Veteran bus driver Leonard Davis was credited with keeping more than 50 students and staff members safe when a car collided with their bus.
Photo courtesy Bridgeport School District
Bus driver keeps cool in icy accident
March 24, 2011
When a car collides with Leonard Davis' school bus, pushing it off the icy road and down an embankment, he manages to get the bus back on all four tires and onto the road. The veteran bus driver is credited with keeping more than 50 students and staff members safe.
First Student names new contract manager
March 24, 2011
Dennis Ryan is promoted to the position for the company's Niles, Mich., location. Ryan manages all aspects of daily transportation operations, including maintenance, safety and training.
School bus manufacturer Thomas Built has achieved zero-waste-to-landfill operations. Pictured is a company-wide celebration held on Wednesday.
Thomas Built celebrates environmental achievements
March 24, 2011
The school bus manufacturer has zero-waste-to-landfill operations, meaning that everything received or produced by Thomas Built is used, reused, recycled or sold, and nothing is sent to a landfill. The company is also participating in a solar panel project, and all of its manufacturing facilities became ISO 14001 certified last year.
Next Wednesday, officers around New York State will ride in school buses and patrol units on selected bus routes and issue tickets to stop-arm violators.
Photo by Lois Cordes
Police to participate in Operation Safe Stop Day
March 23, 2011
Next Wednesday, officers around New York State will ride in school buses and in marked and unmarked patrol units on selected bus routes that have a history of illegal bus passing complaints and issue tickets to violators. Final figures will be made available to state and local officials, as well as the media.
Legislation in New York would expand the list of crimes that prohibit a person from being a school bus driver. Pictured is the State Capitol.
Photo by Matt H. Wade
Transportation director prompts update to bus driver law
March 22, 2011
David Moraca of New York's Onteora Central School District wrote a letter to a local newspaper, which inspired a state bill to expand the list of crimes that prohibit a person from being a school bus driver.
Survey reports on illegal bus passing incidents in Maryland
March 22, 2011
The survey, which the State Department of Education coordinated with transportation directors from all 24 of Maryland’s school systems, reveals that 7,028 violations were recorded on a single day last month. Large school systems noted the most violators, while some small school systems found no violators.
Carrier Corp. to sell bus air conditioning business
March 22, 2011
The company enters into an agreement to sell its business in the U.S. and Canada to Mobile Climate Control, a provider of climate control solutions to the commercial vehicle industry. Carrier's president says that the transaction is a strategy to increase the company's focus on its core growth platforms.
REMINDER: Tips for promoting the importance of school buses
March 22, 2011
A free web seminar this Thursday that is sponsored by the American School Bus Council and presented by SBF will offer guidance on communicating the environmental, economic, educational and safety benefits of the yellow bus.
'America's Best' competition to be held in San Antonio
March 22, 2011
The NAPT's 8th Annual America's Best competition will be hosted by the Texas Association of School Bus Technicians Sept. 27 to 30. The competition will be integrated with a variety of workshops for both technicians and inspectors related to components and systems on school buses.
Tags: NAPT
Student charged with felony for bomb threat
March 22, 2011
Police say that a school bus driver saw the 11-year-old boy on the bus with a device that resembled a bomb, and that the driver heard the boy threaten to detonate it on the bus or in a school. SWAT teams determine that there are no explosives on the device, but police take the boy into custody.

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