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E-mails threatening school buses, lawmakers not credible, officials say
April 7, 2011
New York state lawmakers received the e-mails last Friday. Homeland security and counter-terrorism officials determine the threats are not credible, but transportation departments are advised to watch for suspicious activity on bus routes.
SBF a finalist for 2 publishing awards
April 7, 2011
In the annual Maggie Awards, which are for trade and consumer magazines west of the Mississippi, SCHOOL BUS FLEET's recent feature on lawsuits and its 2010 Fact Book will contend for editorial honors.
Zonar Systems honored for ridership tracking system
April 6, 2011
The company’s ZPass solution wins in the Innovative Services for Health, Wellness and Safety category at the 2011 Edison Best New Product Awards. Nominees were judged on marketplace innovation, marketplace success, technological innovation, market structure innovation, societal impact and design innovation.
Tags: GPS
Students stuck with needle found at bus stop
April 6, 2011
The students’ school bus driver finds out about the incident and calls transportation officials, who then contact the sheriff’s office. A responding deputy finds several hypodermic needles on the bus, but the sheriff's office does not plan to investigate, as it was an accident and no crime took place.
Transportation agency honored for ‘green’ fleet
April 5, 2011
California State Assemblyman Jared Huffman presents his March Sustainable North Bay Award to West County Transportation Agency Executive Director Michael Rea for the agency’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It operates 44 vehicles on compressed natural gas, and all of its diesel exhaust systems have been retrofitted with the highest level particulate trap.
Tags: biodiesel, CNG
Fog may have contributed to fatal school bus crash
April 5, 2011
A 10-year-old girl is killed in a collision on Friday between the bus and a tractor-trailer on a Mississippi highway. Authorities say it appears that the bus stopped at a stop sign, then pulled onto the highway in front of the truck.
Mississippi legislators and the governor passed Nathan's Law, which increases penalties for driving by a stopped school bus. Pictured is the State Capitol.
Photo by Chuck Kelly
School bus safety bill signed into law
April 5, 2011
Mississippi legislators and the governor pass Nathan's Law, which increases penalties for driving by a stopped school bus. It is named for a 5-year-old who was killed in a bus-passing incident.
Judge: Fatal crash points to 'deficiencies' in bus safety, driver training
April 5, 2011
Alberta Provincial Court Judge Bruce Fraser says as much, and makes recommendations about these issues, in his report on an October 2007 school bus accident that killed a 9-year-old girl. Sleeping pills and anti-depressants were at low levels in bus driver Louise Rogers' system on the day of the accident.
Student Transportation introduces autism education program
April 5, 2011
Employees will learn more about the disorder and how to safely and effectively transport autistic students. The program includes slides with voice-over instruction, a video segment and quizzes.
Traffic fatalities hit historic low
April 4, 2011
The number and rate of U.S. traffic deaths in 2010 dropped to the lowest levels since 1949. Still, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says that “too many of our friends and neighbors are killed in preventable roadway tragedies every day.”
School bus driver honored for exemplary service
April 1, 2011
Charles Whitted receives the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board’s 10th Annual School Bus Driver of the Year Award. He is presented with a plaque and honored at an Operation Safe Stop kickoff press conference.
Cause of special-needs student's death is unclear
April 1, 2011
Three-year-old Kevin Cisler is found unconscious on his school bus and later dies at a hospital. An autopsy is performed, but officials have not yet determined the reason for his death.
Coalition calls for diesel program funding
March 31, 2011
School transportation providers are among those writing to Congress to keep the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program running. They urge legislators to allocate $50 million for fiscal year 2012.
Tags: emissions
Richard "Zack" Zackula started as a "go-fer" at Kansas Truck Equipment Co. 48 years ago, when it had just become a Blue Bird school bus distributor. Now, he retires as general manager.
Industry veteran retires after nearly 50 years
March 31, 2011
Richard "Zack" Zackula started as a "go-fer" at Kansas Truck Equipment Co. 48 years ago, when it had just become a Blue Bird school bus distributor. Now, as he retires as general manager, he recounts his storied career.
Tags: history
Man arrested for allegedly stealing school bus batteries
March 31, 2011
Police respond to a call in which two batteries from each of 10 Portsmouth (Va.) Public Schools buses were pulled and cut from the cables. The suspect in the incident has been charged with grand larceny, larceny with the intent to sell and destruction of property over $1,000.
Lawmakers push new illegal bus passing bill
March 31, 2011
The legislation would allow local jurisdictions to monitor and ticket drivers who illegally pass school buses using video cameras mounted on the buses. School bus drivers would be responsible for reporting incidents and handing over video footage to law enforcement personnel to review and issue the tickets.
N.J. districts to share transportation services
March 30, 2011
Officials from Branchburg Township School District and Readington Township Public Schools expect each of the districts to save at least $70,000 under the first year of the agreement. Branchburg will provide the transportation supervisor, and Readington will provide the dispatcher. Maintenance of the buses will be shared.
The Washington Association for Pupil Transportation (WAPT) has reached out to its members and to personnel at school districts throughout the state and encouraged them to contact their representatives about two transportation changes proposed by Gov. Chris Gregoire. Pictured are pupil transporters attending the association's 2009 conference.
Washington association voices concern over proposed transportation changes
March 30, 2011
Gov. Chris Gregoire wants to remove funding for the state’s five regional transportation coordinators and use the state’s Transportation Vehicle Fund to support a new funding formula. Washington Association for Pupil Transportation President Tom Culliton discusses with SBF the effect the proposals would have and what the association has done to spread the word about them.
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!

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