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School bus fire deemed accidental
January 5, 2012
The Pocomoke (Md.) Fire Company responds to the scene and finds the burning bus close to a shed. The fire is quickly extinguished and contained.
Tags: bus fires
School bus driver saves lost infant’s life
January 5, 2012
As Ricardo Martinez was covering a trip for the Anaheim (Calif.) City School District in October, he noticed a car swerving around something in the middle of the road. He drove a bit closer only to find it was a 15-month-old baby boy. Martinez talks about the incident with SBF.
Bus driver retires after 37 years
January 5, 2012
Richard Tagliabue served as a public school bus driver in Wayne, N.J. He also ran the Wayne township transportation safety education program for 15 years and was a state-certified driving instructor for 15 years.
DATTCO employees help families in need
January 5, 2012
Seven employees at the bus company’s Burrillville, R.I., terminal spend more than 230 hours knitting scarves, mittens and hats, which are donated to a social service agency.
Student Transportation acquires N.J. bus company
January 5, 2012
The contractor has acquired Safe Start Transportation, which has provided home-to-school student transportation services to the North Central region of the state. Officials say the fleet comprises fewer than 200 vehicles.
District issues tips for winter transportation safety
January 4, 2012
School district officials in Vernon, N.J., give guidance to the community to ensure that students stay safe while traveling to and from school in winter conditions. In addition to bus safety procedures for snowy weather, the guidance includes encouraging student drivers to take the bus home on days when there is an early dismissal.
Tags: winter
Registration extended for special-needs conference
January 3, 2012
The standard fees are extended until Feb. 29 for the National Conference on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers, to be held March 9-14 in Orlando, Fla. The registration fees will increase on March 1.
Amish press for separate school busing
January 3, 2012
A New York district provided separate transportation for local Amish children last school year but stopped in the fall. Amish parents say they don’t want their kids to be influenced by mainstream culture, but district officials say giving them special bus runs is costly and sets a bad precedent.
Gary Catapano receives NSC safety award
January 3, 2012
The National Safety Council honors FirstGroup America's senior vice president of safety with the 2011 Distinguished Service to Safety Award. The award recognizes outstanding service to the field of safety and health, and officials say Catapano was selected because of his work in the area of improving transportation on a national basis.
Bus driver who lost home receives a special gift
January 3, 2012
Twenty-four of the families on Susan Teyral's route give her a Christmas card containing gift cards totaling more than $1,000. Teyral lost her home in a flood during Tropical Storm Lee in September.
Consolidating routes and decreasing surplus buses are among the steps Orange County Public Schools has taken to boost efficiency.
Fla. district targets efficiency, saves $6.5M
January 3, 2012
Orange County Public Schools takes numerous steps to make its transportation operation more efficient, from consolidating routes and stops to reducing the number of surplus buses. Senior Director of Transportation Jim Beekman discusses the changes with SBF.
Onspot to appear on ‘Motorhead Garage’ TV show
January 3, 2012
“Motorhead Garage” specializes in demonstrating step-by-step installations of the latest aftermarket products. The “best of” episode featuring the automatic tire chain manufacturer will air on Jan. 22.
Tags: tires, winter
New Ill. law targets bus driver drug, alcohol testing
December 28, 2011
Under legislation that will take effect Jan. 1, school bus operations can test drivers for alcohol or drugs if the driver is suspected of using such substances. If a driver refuses to submit to a test or fails it, the law requires the driver's school bus permit to be suspended for three years.
Students to undergo weigh-ins, measuring for bus securement rule
December 28, 2011
Under a provincial regulation in Nova Scotia, children who are under age 9 and are smaller than 4 feet 9 inches and 40 pounds must be secured in a child restraint system on their school bus. Schools in Halifax will begin weighing and measuring elementary school students next month.
School bus driver Dennis Stricker asks his passengers a trivia question each morning, and they search for the answer during the day and report back on the ride home.
Bus driver starts students’ day with trivia
December 28, 2011
Minnesota school bus driver Dennis Stricker asks his passengers a trivia question each morning, and they search for the answer during the day and report back on the ride home. Stricker is honored for his contributions to student achievement.
Rotary updates parallelogram wash bay lift package
December 28, 2011
Officials say the package has been updated to maximize bay space and product life. Any of the company's parallelogram lifts can be ordered with the new package.
IMMI crash test facility honored for safety systems
December 28, 2011
The Center for Advanced Product Evaluation is named the 2011 Crash Test Facility of the Year by Automotive Testing Technology International magazine. Officials say the center was selected for its development of safety systems for commercial vehicles, its investment in supporting testing equipment and its role in helping IMMI bring its RollTek rollover accident injury mitigation system to fire apparatus OEMs.
Bus driver arranges trip to Christmas tree fest
December 22, 2011
Lufkin Independent School District bus driver Robert Hunt arranges a field trip to the Museum of East Texas' Festival of Trees for the kids on his bus after he sees it on television. Hunt says he wanted to give the students, who are mostly from low-income areas, a Christmas gift.
Thomas Built expands Canadian dealer’s area
December 22, 2011
The school bus manufacturer increases the area of responsibility for Warner Bus Industries from the 251,366-square-mile province of Saskatchewan to also include the 250,946-square-mile province of Manitoba. Warner Bus will serve its Manitoba customers using fully equipped "Warranty on Wheels" trucks.
Driver training aims to boost fuel economy
December 21, 2011
Officials with EcoCargo Training say their approach teaches drivers how to cut their fuel costs without increasing drive time. The method has reportedly been taught for more than a decade in Europe and South America, and now school and transit bus drivers in the U.S. are taking part in a pilot program.

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