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Indiana state troopers catch illegal bus passers
October 11, 2010
Authorities rode on three of Vigo County School Corp.’s school buses in late September and wrote three traffic citations for motorists who violated the state’s school bus stop arm law. The enforcement action stemmed from complaints made by the school system’s bus drivers about alleged illegal passing.
Bus driver faces misdemeanor child abuse charge
October 7, 2010
The charge stems from an incident in August wherein a Nebraska school district driver dropped off a 6-year-old boy more than 15 miles from his home. A construction worker who found the boy crying as he walked out of town was able to call his mother and watch him while she came to pick up the boy.
School bus trainer saves choking student
October 7, 2010
Oscar Juracan noticed that a boy on the bus was not breathing, and the trainer quickly responded to perform abdominal thrusts on the elementary student. Spring (Texas) ISD requires all of its trainers to take a CPR course.
Driver evades gang members following bus after on-board fight
October 7, 2010
After a student involved in a fight on the bus jumped from the rear emergency door and got in a car with two other men to follow the bus, Harnett County school bus driver Sha-Wana Cameron was able to evade the car and contact police.
Town receives ‘hundreds’ of fee-based bus transportation applications
October 7, 2010
The news comes from the chair of the Framingham (Mass.) School Committee. The committee will discuss the issue at a meeting on Thursday night and provide a detailed proposal regarding fees next Tuesday.
Tags: bus fees
News, events, meeting minutes, safety exercise materials, job listings, press releases and coverage of the association in the media are available on the new site.
Oregon association launches new Website
October 6, 2010
The new site will allow OPTA's volunteers to easily add news, events, meeting minutes and other items that routinely require updates. Also available on the site are safety exercise materials, job listings, press releases and coverage of the association in the media.
The Explorer DX12 includes an inertia sensor, which logs and displays G-Force data, allowing system administrators to monitor driver behavior, including speed, turning, signals, braking and idling.
Seon Design offers new mobile DVR
October 6, 2010
The Explorer DX12 features advanced video storage technology and 12 channels with the ability to simultaneously record 30 frames per second at 720x480 resolution on all channels. Dual streaming technology allows for viewing footage over a cell phone network as well as on a PC.
First Student exec joins NSC board
October 5, 2010
Linda Burtwistle, president of the school bus contractor, will serve a two-year term as a National Safety Council board member, where she will help to oversee the organization’s strategic direction and finances. In related news, the organization honored First Student safety manger Lydell Banks for developing and implementing programs to improve safety at his New Orleans location.
Vigil to be held for bus crash victim
October 5, 2010
Students will gather at Temple High School in Georgia on Tuesday night to remember Rashawn Walker, who was killed on Monday when his school bus hit a ditch and fell over. Twelve other students were reportedly hurt in the accident.
C.E. White names operations manager for Georgia warehouse
October 5, 2010
John Purvis has more than 30 years of plant and operations experience, having worked at such manufacturers as Blue Bird Corp. and North American Bus Industries. He will oversee the Fort Valley facility and its operations, as well as implement quality programs.
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.

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