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Thirty school bus maintenance professionals from 19 states participated in the America’s Best technician and inspector competitions in Jasper, Ind., last week.
Winners named in ‘America’s Best’ technician, inspector competitions
October 5, 2010
Tim Knoll of Ohio placed first in the technician category and Shaun Dennis from Michigan took the top spot in the inspector category. Knoll and Dennis were among 30 school bus maintenance professionals who participated in the event; they were scored on a written exam and multiple hands-on components.
Tags: NAPT
Father arrested after boarding bus, making threats
October 5, 2010
In an incident similar to the one involving James Jones in Florida last month, an angry father boarded his son's school bus and threatened another student who, the father claims, assaulted his son the day before.
Thomas Built propane bus in the works
October 5, 2010
The manufacturer confirms that it is developing a propane-fueled school bus. It is targeted to be launched in 2012.
NSTA: Statement from AFL-CIO contains 'reckless characterizations'
October 4, 2010
NSTA presents counterpoints to several assertions from a recent statement by the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO. Topics include regulatory oversight, emissions standards, unemployment insurance benefits, background checks and special-needs training.
Tags: unions
247Security offers new fleet management system
October 1, 2010
With TouchDown, users can manage all elements of video without pulling footage from hard drives. The solution also provides a complete GPS track record of vehicles’ activities and G-Force information is collected continually, not just when an event occurs.
NAPT Summit to offer workshops on special-needs issues
October 1, 2010
Specific topics to be covered during the event in Portland, Ore., in October and November include the legal basis for special-needs transportation, communicating safety to students with disabilities and court decisions related to the rights of students with disabilities.
Autistic student beaten on school bus
October 1, 2010
Surveillance video taken from the bus reportedly shows 17-year-old Sanguain Watson taking off his backpack and hitting special-needs student Brandon Taylor three times. Watson is facing charges for the incident; Taylor’s mother now transports her son to and from school.
Driver, monitor suspended after boy falls from wheelchair lift
October 1, 2010
The driver and monitor were distracted by another child running from the bus as the monitor was wheeling the boy onto the lift. The wheelchair tipped over as it hit the lift, causing the boy to fall 2-and-a-half feet. His injuries included cuts on his lip and cheek.
Case study: District sees benefits from running propane buses
September 30, 2010
A study by the Propane Education and Research Council reports that the Los Angeles Unified School District considered the environmental and safety advantages when deciding to operate its buses on the alternative fuel.
N.C. Transportation Hall of Fame honors industry veteran
September 30, 2010
Thomas Built Buses sponsors the Perley A. Thomas Award for Excellence in Pupil Transportation. This year's recipient, Don Byrnes, served the industry for 32 years as a transportation director and past president of the North Carolina Pupil Transportation Association.
Police investigating suspicious object placed underneath school bus
September 30, 2010
The Gwinnett County (Ga.) Police Department received a call from a passerby reporting that she observed a female exit her vehicle and place an object underneath a school bus as it was stopped for traffic at an intersection. Police, FBI and fire officials are investigating the incident.
Douglas County School District's new usage-based bus fee program is expected to raise about $2 million, which would offset a substantial portion of the district’s $17-million budget for transportation.
Photo by John Horton
District launches per-ride bus fee system
September 30, 2010
Douglas County School District recently became the first district in Colorado to charge a fee for bus service. Interestingly, the fee is based on usage rather than being a flat price.
Propane Type A unit debuts at BusCon
September 29, 2010
The Blue Bird Propane-Powered Micro Bird by Girardin G5 school bus incorporates a liquid propane system by Roush Performance Products, runs on a Ford 6.8L engine and was built on a Ford E-450 chassis.
Thermo King offers new rooftop A/C unit
September 29, 2010
The Slim Line Rooftop system for school and shuttle buses features an ultralow design for space and energy savings. It can be installed in the middle of a bus for more uniform air flow and the unit’s configuration allows for 90 percent of maintenance to be performed from inside the bus.
IC Bus unveils new shuttle bus
September 29, 2010
The AC Series is the first fully integrated small shuttle bus from the manufacturer.
Tags: IC Bus
District adds six hybrid buses to fleet
September 28, 2010
Columbus (Ohio) City Schools received funding of more than $1.1 million to replace old school buses. The new hybrid diesel-electrics were added to the district’s fleet last month.
Bus driver faces felony charge for alleged DUI
September 28, 2010
Police pulled over Timothy Radliff last week after a motorist reported that he was driving his bus erratically while four children were on board. Authorities say that Radliff told them he had taken prescription painkillers, but the man’s attorney said he does not believe that he was under the influence while on the job.
Transportation secretary: Distracted driving study is ‘misleading’
September 28, 2010
U.S. DOT chief Ray LaHood is referring to a report released on Tuesday by the Highway Loss Data Institute that questions the effectiveness of anti-texting while driving laws to improve traffic safety. LaHood said that the report fails to reconcile with previous research supported by the institute that shows that drivers are four times as likely to crash if using a hand-held device while driving.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood hugs FocusDriven founder Jennifer Smith as the Distracted Driving Summit closes. State director Derek Graham attended and saw similarity between FocusDriven and the American School Bus Council.
Photo by Julie Fischer, DOT
Dispatch from the Distracted Driving Summit
September 28, 2010
At the national summit last week, North Carolina state pupil transportation director Derek Graham had a realization about the school bus industry’s cause. He describes the experience in this editorial.
Middle school students end up walking among the vehicles in the bus loop looking for the correct bus.
Video: District plans bus loop redesign to improve safety
September 28, 2010
Hyde Park (N.Y.) Central School District has created an information page on its Website featuring its proposed plan to redesign the bus loop at its middle school. The page includes minutes from public input meetings and a video illustrating the district's motivations for the redesign.

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