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Driver sentenced for DUI in special-needs bus crash
December 30, 2010
A bus driver who injected heroin while operating a special-needs bus for a Pennsylvania school district in 2009 and subsequently crashed will serve up to 23 months in jail.
School buses destroyed in Christmas fire
December 28, 2010
Several Goffstown Truck Center buses are charred and gutted and others are melted by the flames. The company, which provides contracted school bus service for a New Hampshire district, is working with the district to provide temporary transportation for students after winter break.
Tags: bus fires
Kansas school district purchases 47 CNG buses
December 28, 2010
Kansas City (Kan.) Public Schools acquires the Thomas Built Buses HDX units with $4 million provided by the U.S. Department of Energy and matching funds from the school district.
New York to switch to electronic fingerprinting for bus drivers
December 28, 2010
The new system, which will be put into place starting in February, will reduce the time it takes to run a background check on newly hired school bus drivers from three months to a few days. Electronic fingerprinting will also improve the accuracy of background checks.
Pennsylvania DOT changes diabetic regulations for bus drivers
December 28, 2010
Among the revisions is the requirement that in order to receive a diabetic waiver, a school bus driver’s healthcare provider must verify that the driver has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions or symptomatic hyperglycemia, and that the driver has been free from an insulin reaction that has resulted in a loss of consciousness, attention or awareness, or has required assistance from another person.
In the 2010 sales year, 31,194 school buses were sold in the U.S. and Canada, down about 13 percent from the 2009 total and 34 percent from the 2006 total.
School bus sales drop for fourth year in a row
December 28, 2010
In the 2010 sales year, 31,194 school buses were sold in the U.S. and Canada, down about 13 percent from the 2009 total and 34 percent from the 2006 total.
Oregon association’s workshop to focus on bullying
December 28, 2010
The Oregon Pupil Transportation Association’s 2011 Winter Workshop, to be held Feb. 26, will feature presentations on such topics as the role school bus drivers can play in stopping violence, and how to respond to bullying on the spot. It will also include a mock bullying/hostage event.
House passes Diesel Emissions Reduction Act
December 21, 2010
The five-year reauthorization of the program, which provides funds to reduce emissions from school buses and other diesel vehicles, now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign it.
Tags: emissions
A federal rule would prohibit interstate commercial truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle. (Pictured is a sign in Southside Place, Texas, indicating that cell use is barred while driving during certain hours.)
Cell phone ban proposed for truck, bus drivers
December 21, 2010
Federal rule would prohibit interstate commercial truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle. The restriction would apply to school bus operations by private operators in interstate commerce, according to the proposal.
AQMD awards $40M to replace diesel buses, trucks
December 21, 2010
The South Coast Air Quality Management District designates the money to 11 Southern California school districts and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The funding will help to replace 146 buses and 400 heavy-duty trucks.
Tags: CNG, propane
Teens charged for vandalizing school buses
December 20, 2010
Three students and a recent high school graduate face misdemeanor malicious mischief charges after deflating the tires on 45 buses. Hundreds of kids had to wait up to two hours for their buses while two companies that were hired by the school district aired up the tires.
Students get a visit from Santa Claus
December 20, 2010
Last week, he rode with Wyoming school bus driver Jerry Whorley on his afternoon route. Students shared their Christmas wishes with him and received gifts courtesy of Whorley’s nonprofit organization, Helping Hands Helping Families.
New Mexico receives funding to help maintain bus routes
December 20, 2010
McKinley and San Juan counties will share $561,000, which was released by the U.S. Department of Transportation and made available through the Indian School Bus Route program. The money will be used to improve roads within or that lead to reservations and serve as school bus routes.
Maxine Mougeot came into pupil transportation as an accountant but quickly "fell in love" with the industry, she tells SBF.
Montana state director to retire
December 16, 2010
Maxine Mougeot came into pupil transportation as an accountant but quickly "fell in love" with the industry, she tells SBF. She has served as state director for nearly 10 years and has been heavily involved in state and national associations.
Bus driver honored for conduct during tornado
December 16, 2010
Virginia Rezazedah, who works for a school district in Illinois, is named employee of the month after keeping the students on her bus calm in the aftermath of a serious accident. A tornado blew the bus off the road last month, flipping it and injuring several students.
New leadership elected for Dossier Users Group
December 16, 2010
Charlie Priscu of New York Container Terminal is chairman of the group, which represents users of Arsenault Associates’ Dossier maintenance management software. The group’s treasurer is Greg Walsh of New World Van Lines. Andrea Harper of Arsenault Associates remains the secretary.
Voters reject district’s proposal to change transportation policy
December 16, 2010
A New York school district fails to win authorization to shorten distance limits for students to receive school bus service. During a referendum on Monday, 214 people voted against the proposal; 84 people voted for it.
Anna Borges will succeed John Green (left) as California's state pupil transportation director. They are seen here at the recent NASDPTS conference with Iowa state director Max Christensen in a panel discussion on reducing pedestrian fatalities.
New California state director named
December 15, 2010
Anna Borges has been on the state’s Office of School Transportation staff for more than 10 years. Before that, she held various director and supervisory positions. She succeeds retiring state director John Green.
Walmart Foundation grant keeps district’s buses running
December 15, 2010
The philanthropic arm of retail store Walmart gives $8,500 to a California school district. The money will allow students at one of the district’s high schools and its intermediate school to continue riding school buses each day for the remainder of the school year.
Federal agencies speak out on passenger van use
December 14, 2010
NHTSA and FMCSA administrators send a letter to all 50 states’ motor vehicle administrators to remind them that 12- or 15-passenger vans should not be used to transport students because they do not provide the same level of safety as school buses.

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