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New product offers combined fleet inspection, AVL, video
October 28, 2010
Zonar Systems and AngelTrax collaborated on the system, which offers Zonar's Electronic Vehicle Inspection Report feature and real-time vehicle location via GPS, as well as AngelTrax's Virtual Synchronized Mapping feature, high-resolution cameras and FlexPlay video playback software.
A new feature in SCHOOL BUS FLEET will profile people in pupil transportation who have saved a life or performed some other heroic act. 
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SBF to spotlight school bus heroes
October 28, 2010
New feature in SCHOOL BUS FLEET will profile people in pupil transportation who have saved a life or performed some other heroic act.
School bus driver teaches students through songs
October 27, 2010
Susan Flick’s goal is to make students feel a sense of friendship on the bus and establish learning on the way to school. She recently taught them a song about good nutrition and last year, she taught them a rap song about being respectful to others.
SBSC unveils new training module for special-needs transportation
October 27, 2010
The seven-DVD training module includes an overview of pertinent legislation and addresses securement, transportation challenges, emergency evacuations, types of special needs, balancing needs and lifts and mobility devices.
STA technicians to become master-certified
October 27, 2010
More than 85 percent of the school bus contractor’s 200-member maintenance team is working toward the certification under the ASE School Bus Test Series. The series includes multiple certification exams on such topics as body systems and special equipment, diesel engines and electrical/electronic systems.
Teen who crashed into school bus under investigation for DUI
October 26, 2010
Blood samples have been taken from the driver of a BMW and his two passengers to determine if they had been using drugs or alcohol prior to fatally striking a pedestrian and crashing into the back of a school bus on Monday. A manslaughter charge is likely to be pursued against the driver if he is found to have been under the influence.
District recognizes driver’s dedication for School Bus Safety Week
October 26, 2010
In a profile on Dana Saxon, officials at Washoe County School District in Reno, Nev., note that he has a two-year perfect attendance record and he works diligently to not only ensure students’ safety, but to also earn their respect.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson discuss proposed standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses.
Feds unveil efficiency standards for trucks, buses
October 26, 2010
The EPA and NHTSA propose the first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses. School buses are included in the vocational vehicles category.
Alabama study: Seat belts result in negative cost benefits
October 25, 2010
Study finds rate of seat belt use of 61.5 percent. Equipping buses with seat belts also resulted in capacity loss of 5 to 18 percent. Researchers suggest funding would be better spent on danger zone safety improvements.
Minnesota school bus veteran passes away
October 25, 2010
Martin Walsh owned Columbia Capital Transit Company until its sale to ARA Services in 1975. The company provided transportation services to students throughout the state, including those at St. Paul, Minneapolis, Roseville and Mounds View school districts.
Tags: history
Efforts to restore cuts to school bus transportation fail
October 22, 2010
A citizen petition to reinstate transportation for students in Framingham, Mass., who live within two miles of their schools fails 89 to 40 by a ballot vote at a special town meeting. The chairwoman of a committee that opposed the petition says the town needs to focus on cutting costs.
District outfits fleet with Networkfleet GPS system
October 22, 2010
Palm Springs (Calif.) Unified School District equips its 100 vehicles with Networkfleet 4200 to reduce operating costs, improve driver safety and increase response times. In addition to vehicle tracking, the system provides detailed vehicle performance data.
First Student names senior contract manager
October 22, 2010
Roger Radcliffe will hold the position for the company’s Detroit location. He will oversee all transportation, safety and maintenance operations for the company’s contract with Detroit Public Schools.
NASDPTS backs the federal proposal to require lap-shoulder belts on new motorcoaches, citing increased safety for children who ride in the vehicles on activity trips.
State directors support seat belt proposal for motorcoaches
October 21, 2010
NASDPTS backs the federal proposal to require lap-shoulder belts on new motorcoaches, citing increased safety for children who ride in the vehicles on activity trips. The association also supports a federal requirement for lap-shoulder belts in the driver seat of new large school buses.
Man rams school bus head-on in apparent suicide attempt
October 21, 2010
The bus driver and three students suffered minor injuries. The 44-year-old driver of the oncoming car had to be cut from the wreckage of his Chevrolet HHR before being transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Thermo King event highlights efficiency, sustainability
October 21, 2010
The event showcased Thermo King's products, with a focus on meeting new industry regulations, operational efficiency and sustainability. Key end users shared their experiences, and attendees toured the company's research center.
Clean diesel grant program to kick off soon
October 21, 2010
The EPA says it plans to post a request for proposals in early November for 2011 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding. About $60 million is expected to be available for the upcoming round, according to the Diesel Technology Forum.
Tags: emissions, EPA
GPS devices help operation diffuse parent-driver disputes
October 20, 2010
A Minnesota district’s transportation director says having access to the locations of his buses is helpful if a parent says a bus missed a stop. The system also notifies supervisors if drivers get lost while on their routes so they can help the drivers get back on track.
LAUSD honored for operating propane-powered buses
October 20, 2010
The district earns a “Propane Hero” award during this week’s Green Fleet Conference. The district purchased 90 buses from Blue Bird Corp. last year that run on the alternative fuel.
Recycalytics recognized for marketing success
October 20, 2010
The company, which purchases scrap catalyst materials, is selected for the 2010 Best of Newark Award in the local business category of the U.S. Commerce Association’s Best of Local Business Award program.

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