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Student frees bus driver from seat belt following accident
November 23, 2010
After his school bus flips over on a muddy road, Alex Waddick follows driver Phil Piggott's instructions and cuts him from his seat belt with a knife. Piggot, Waddick and the other students on board then exit the bus through its emergency roof hatch.
Truck-bus near-collisions prompt installation of cameras
November 23, 2010
The mountainous roads and foggy conditions in a Pennsylvania village have created a dangerous situation between truck drivers and school bus operators. Cameras have been installed on a district's bus; if they capture more incidents where trucks nearly collide with the bus, the program will be expanded.
Florida community 'stuffs' buses for people in need
November 22, 2010
Residents help fill 14 Manatee County School District buses with 84,050 pounds of food as part of a "Stuff the Bus" event. The district organizes a group of volunteers to get the food into the buses and over to a local food bank.
Tags: Florida
Student saved from serious injury in illegal bus passing incident
November 22, 2010
Dustin Wulf honks his bus’ horn after he sees that a car is going to pass the stopped bus and is approaching too fast. The horn alerts 7-year-old Stalena Whitehead, who is able to step back before being grazed by the car as it slides around a corner.
Man pleads not guilty to charges stemming from bus crash
November 18, 2010
Joseph Anthony Garcia faces eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon for ramming the bus head-on in an apparent suicide attempt last month. The judge presiding over the case appoints a public defender to represent Garcia and sets a felony settlement conference for Nov. 30.
NSTA to apply for clean diesel funds for members
November 18, 2010
Contractors that are members of the National School Transportation Association can take part in a chance to get EPA funding for school bus retrofits and replacements.
Student arrested after bringing box cutter on school bus
November 18, 2010
The student told authorities that she was planning to confront a 12-year-old girl with the box cutter. She has been charged with possession of a weapon in a school zone and making terroristic threats.
Bill would allow ads on Kentucky school buses
November 18, 2010
Advertisements could only be placed on the exterior of a bus below the bottom of the windows, and they could not promote alcohol or tobacco products. Fifty percent of the net advertising proceeds would go toward classroom use, and a minimum of 25 percent would go toward student transportation.
District approves fingerprint scan pilot program for buses
November 17, 2010
Desert Sands Unified School District in La Quinta, Calif., will install the fingerprint scanning system for students on six school buses. The system will provide real-time information as to which students are riding the buses, and to what locations.
More details on forthcoming propane bus, engine
November 17, 2010
CleanFUEL USA and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. partner to build and certify a multi-purpose 8-liter General Motors propane engine. The first versions will be used for a Thomas Built Buses Type C school bus and a Freightliner straight truck chassis.
Man charged for pulling gun on bus driver
November 16, 2010
On Monday, the bus driver and Blake Gracie, who was driving a jeep, came to a stop at a red light after the bus driver may have inadvertently cut in front of the jeep in traffic. The two flashed obscene gestures at one another, and then Gracie exited the jeep and pointed a rifle at the bus driver.
Tags: weapons
Transportation cooperative to outfit fleet with digital radio network
November 16, 2010
Kenwood NEXEDGE radios will be installed on the operation’s buses in December. The radios are part of Mobile Relay Associates’ NEXEDGE Two-Way Radio Repeater Digital Network system, which provides voice, data and GPS capabilities.
Blue Bird names top dealers
November 16, 2010
Wisconsin Bus Sales wins the 2010 Dealer of the Year Award. Regional, Best in Bus and Blue Bird Service awards are also presented.
German Salazar of Oviedo, Fla., had the winning poster in Division III and was the overall winner of the NAPT's 2010 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest.
NAPT names poster contest winners
November 16, 2010
The theme of this year’s contest was “Be Aware — Know the Danger Zone!” German Salazar of Oviedo, Fla., placed first in Division III and was the overall winner of the contest.
Cummins supports greenhouse gas, fuel efficiency standards
November 16, 2010
Company executive Dr. Stephen J. Charlton testifies at a public hearing about the EPA and NHTSA's proposed Heavy-Duty National Program, which would reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency for heavy-duty engines and vehicles. Charlton says that Cummins looks forward to working with the agencies to deliver a final rule on the program.
Mother of girl killed in bus speaks in distraction campaign
November 16, 2010
In the U.S. DOT's new "Faces of Distracted Driving" series, Elissa Schee talks about losing her 13-year-old daughter Margay when a semi-truck crashed into the back of her school bus. The truck driver was talking on his cell phone and said he never saw the bus.
Bus driver resigns after being caught texting
November 16, 2010
School district officials review footage from cameras inside Connie Hankins’ bus after receiving an anonymous call that she was sending text messages while driving. The footage showed Hankins texting on three occasions; on two of those occasions, students were on the bus.
Last call for school bus heroes
November 11, 2010
New feature in SCHOOL BUS FLEET will profile people in pupil transportation who have saved a life or performed some other heroic act. The deadline for nominations is this Friday, Nov. 12.
Bus drivers show dedication despite district’s budget woes
November 11, 2010
Transportation services ran as scheduled for students at a Virginia district on Wednesday, confuting media reports that there would be a bus driver “sick out” due to the lack of pay raises over the last three years. The district is working on proposals to provide some financial relief for employees.
Authorities crack down on pupil transport vans
November 11, 2010
Nearly 150 vans and station wagons carrying infants and toddlers to Boston day care centers and preschools are stopped during an early-morning investigation. Police find a variety of violations, including bald tires and overloading of passengers.

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