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New NAPT board members elected
November 3, 2011
Don Carnahan of Zonar Systems is president-elect and Barry Sudduth of Stafford County Public Schools in Virginia is elected Region 2 director. Ken Mulder of Special School District of St. Louis County in Missouri is elected Region 4 director and Dave McDonald of Rosco Vision Systems is affiliate member director. Also during the Summit, winners were chosen for the NAPT poster contest.
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Once a bus' stop arm is activated, the CrossingGuard School Bus Stop Arm Violation Enforcement System automatically detects if a vehicle passes the stopped bus.
Camera system captures illegal bus passing incidents
November 2, 2011
The CrossingGuard School Bus Stop Arm Violation Enforcement System from American Traffic Solutions consists of high-resolution cameras mounted to the front and rear driver's side of a bus. When the school bus extends its stop arm, the system automatically detects if a vehicle passes the bus within the enforced zone. Officials say the CrossingGuard system does not require any action by the bus driver to activate it.
N.J. bill would mandate background checks for bus aides
November 1, 2011
Assemblywoman Connie Wagner is pushing legislation that would augment criminal background check requirements for school bus personnel to include all adults given responsibility for the safety of schoolchildren, which she said would close a loophole that left out bus aides. The measure also would enhance penalties against any employee found tampering with a school bus' onboard monitoring device.
Rotary Lift offers full line of inground lifts
November 1, 2011
With the introduction of the EFX60 scissor lift, Rotary Lift now offers a full line of heavy-duty inground lifts to meet any bus maintenance application, according to the company. The EFX60 joins the MOD30 modular environmentally friendly inground lift and the traditional inground lift in the heavy-duty line-up.
NTSB study reports on curbside motorcoach safety
October 31, 2011
The six-month study was initiated following a March 12 bus accident that killed 15 people and injured 18 more. Among the findings are that curbside carriers with 10 or fewer buses and carriers who have been in business for 10 years or less have higher accident rates and higher roadside inspection violation rates.
OSBA honors pupil transporters with new awards
October 31, 2011
The Ontario School Bus Association launches an awards program, which comprises the Industry Achievement Award and the Driver Excellence Award. The first award is given to an individual who has made a special contribution to the industry, and the latter is given to a school bus driver who has demonstrated exemplary abilities.
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Aide LaVay Calhoun and driver Ron Rook were praised for their response to a medical emergency on their bus. The duo was profiled in SBF's first "Heroes in School Transportation" feature.
REMINDER: SBF to spotlight school bus heroes
October 31, 2011
Our "Heroes in School Transportation" feature will again profile people in the industry who have saved a life or performed some other heroic act. The deadline for nominations is this Friday, Nov. 4.
A NASDPTS position paper explains that flammability standards being proposed in lobbying efforts aren't suited for pupil transportation. Nevada state director Diana Hollander and Maryland state director Leon Langley have already contended with such legislation.
School bus officials cite concerns on flammability lobbying
October 28, 2011
Chemical companies are reportedly funding a nonprofit group that is lobbying state legislatures to adopt additional flammability standards for school buses. A new position paper from NASDPTS explains that the standards being proposed aren't suited for pupil transportation — and the industry's own national specifications are actually more stringent.
This chart, from one of NHTSA's new posters, shows how much safer the yellow bus is than other ways to get to school. The gray figures represent modes like walking and biking.
NHTSA unveils school bus promotional posters
October 27, 2011
The materials display eye-catching charts and facts on why parents should choose the school bus over other modes of transportation for their kids. “Students are about 50 times more likely to arrive at school alive if they take the bus than if they drive themselves or ride with friends,” one of the posters declares.
The trade show during the NAPT Summit featured products and buses from nearly 130 industry suppliers.
NAPT trade show features many new products
October 27, 2011
Among the new products from the nearly 130 exhibitors is a quasi-static three-point activity seat from Freedman Seating Co., a camera system from Fortress Mobile that captures stop-arm violators and a condenser from American Cooling Technology. Thomas Built Buses displays its redesigned Type D unit, the Saf-T-Liner EFX, while Blue Bird displays its Next Generation Propane-Powered Vision school bus.
NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman credited state directors and others in the industry for their work to prevent school bus-train crashes.
Feds show school bus support at NASDPTS meetings
October 27, 2011
At the annual conference of state pupil transportation directors, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland touts the safety and environmental benefits of the “humble yellow school bus,” as he calls it. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman credits state directors and others in the industry for their work to prevent school bus-train crashes.
John Barrington joins Lion Bus as sales exec
October 27, 2011
Barrington, who has more than 20 years of experience in the school bus industry, will serve as vice president of sales and compliance for the U.S. He will be responsible for Lion Bus sales and distribution in the U.S., and specific product compliance per region.
Speed limiter allows for programming of 2 max speeds
October 27, 2011
InterMotive introduces a new two-speed road speed limiter to its Speed Sentinel product line that allows two different speeds to be programmed for a vehicle using one module. Both settings can be set between 7 mph and 80 mph in single mph increments.
Bus stop arm, flashing lights no longer required in city's school zones
October 27, 2011
The city of Wetaskiwin in Alberta changes its traffic bylaw so that bus drivers are no longer required to activate their bus' emergency flashing lights or extend the stop arm in a school bus zone located on or adjacent to school grounds within the city limits. Drivers are still required to use stop arms and lights in all other areas.
C.E. White Co. offers danger zone safety product
October 25, 2011
The MDZ (Minimize Danger Zone) Shield is a BASF polyurethane guard that acts as a safeguard in front of the rear dual wheels of a school bus. It is designed to deflect a child out of the path of the bus. The device has been installed on an Ohio school district’s buses for evaluation as part of a pilot program.
Training videos on sale at Education Compliance Group
October 24, 2011
With owner Peggy Burns moving soon, the company is offering a 25-percent discount on all video training programs until Nov. 16.
Jessica Brookshire, founder of Kids Against Ridicule, Meanness and Aggression, spoke to conferees about what led her to form the nonprofit organization, as well as ways adults can help victims of bullying.
NAPT sessions address bullying, operation management
October 24, 2011
Anti-bullying advocates Jodee Blanco and Jessica Brookshire discuss their individual crusades to end bullying, and they also offer tips for school bus drivers. Mark Aesch of the Rochester Genesee Regional Transit Authority offers management tips on how to generate data-driven information to help pupil transporters better make decisions.
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Mike Connors, the director of transportation at Florida’s Brevard Public Schools, oversees an operation of more than 400 route buses, but he shows an exemplary level of personal attention to customers.
Mike Connors named Administrator of the Year
October 24, 2011
The director of transportation at Florida’s Brevard Public Schools oversees an operation of more than 400 route buses, but he shows an exemplary level of personal attention to customers. He also just served a two-year term as president of his state association.
Peter Lawrence (left), director of transportation at Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District, talks with NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin after Lawrence received the association’s Distinguished Service Award.
Pupil transporters honored for service, safety excellence
October 24, 2011
School bus driver John Fothergill and Peter Lawrence of Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District were among the honorees at Sunday's NAPT awards banquet. During Monday's celebratory breakfast, this year's "America's Best" school bus technician and inspector were among the individuals recognized for their achievements.
During Trans Tech Bus' unveiling of its new eTrans Type A all-electric school bus, attendees had an opportunity to board the bus.
Trans Tech debuts electric school bus at NAPT Summit
October 23, 2011
Attendees get their first in-person look at the school bus manufacturer’s eTrans Type A unit, which features a zero-emissions chassis and a regenerative braking system. Kings Canyon Unified School District in Reedley, Calif., is set to receive the first bus. Director of Transportation John Clements discusses with SBF his plans for operating the bus.

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