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AAA: Texting while driving doubles after Calif. ban
September 23, 2010
Texting and use of devices has jumped to 2.7 percent of drivers at any time, with young women the most frequent violators. Current penalties are inadequate to deter the behavior, officials say.
Student Transportation achieves best fiscal year in its history
September 23, 2010
Revenues increased 17 percent to $267.2 million over the previous year, Chairman and CEO Dennis Gallagher said. A conference call held today will be archived on the company's Website.
In June, five members of Congress and a senator wrote a joint letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner asking him to clarify the federal fuel tax exemption policy for school bus operators. Geithner responded in July and stated that the law does not limit the exemption based on size of a school bus.
School bus operators still eligible for fuel tax exemptions
September 22, 2010
After some IRS offices challenged operators’ claims of exemptions for smaller school buses earlier this year, the NSTA presented the issue to members of Congress, who asked Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to clarify the tax policy. Geithner stated that the law does not limit the fuel tax exemption based on size of the bus, and the IRS cases have been dismissed.
Tags: NSTA, taxes
Retired bus to be converted into mobile rehab center
September 22, 2010
The Putnam County Schools bus will be outfitted with an air conditioning system, an onboard generator, pre-piped oxygen connections and a refrigerator. Local fire department officials hope to accommodate up to 12 people in the vehicle to provide medical services.
From 1978-81, Stan Scheer was an assistant superintendent at Eaton (Colo.) School District. Here, he recounts how his school bus operation delved into compressed natural gas.
Making CNG history
September 22, 2010
A long time ago in a small school district in Colorado, Stan Scheer spearheaded a groundbreaking move. Scheer, now superintendent of a California district, recounts here how his school bus operation delved into compressed natural gas.
Scholarship offered to attend 2011 special-needs event
September 21, 2010
The scholarship from American Logistics Co. fully funds the cost of travel, lodging, registration fees and some meals for next year’s National Conference & Exhibition on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers. Applicants must be a current employee of a school district or Head Start and serve in a transportation or related service position.
Former Maine state director will discuss service to districts
September 21, 2010
At the Transfinder booth at the ASBO convention this weekend, Richard Soules will give two presentations on how Maine is delivering transportation management services at no cost to school districts.
Parents push for stronger illegal bus passing law
September 20, 2010
During the upcoming Mississippi legislative session, Lori and Andy Key will re-introduce a bill that would raise fines for first-time offenders to $500 to $5,000 and incur a 30-day driver’s license suspension. “Nathan’s Law” — named after their son, who was killed in a bus passing incident — was introduced in January, but died in committee.
Kentucky districts take delivery of Thomas Built hybrids
September 20, 2010
Twenty Saf-T-Liner C2e hybrid school buses are being sent to 13 districts, with the last delivery scheduled for Oct. 15. The buses were purchased through a $12.9 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to the state, which will allow for the replacement of up to 200 of its oldest buses throughout the next school year.
LaHood unveils 2009 distracted driving fatality, injury numbers
September 20, 2010
The proportion of fatalities associated with driver distraction increased from 10 percent to 16 percent between 2005 and 2009, NHTSA reports. The under-20 age group had the greatest proportion of distracted drivers.
First prize in NYAPT's annual bumper sticker contest went to Christen Lapple of Longwood Central School District.
New York association announces contest winners
September 20, 2010
Designs for NYAPT's bumper sticker contest, which is in its third year, must include the words "STOP 4 THE BUS" and depict the requirement for motorists to stop for school buses that have their red lights flashing. This year's contest drew more than 200 entries from elementary students across the state.
Tags: New York
New Jersey bill would allow ads on school buses
September 17, 2010
Under the legislation, the boards of education for school districts statewide can enter into contracts to sell advertising space on the exterior sides of buses that districts own or lease. Ads for tobacco or alcohol products or for political advocacy would be prohibited. Fifty percent of any revenue generated by the sale would be used to offset fuel costs for providing pupil transportation services.
School board votes not to outsource
September 16, 2010
Connecticut district won’t contract out its transportation services this year, although board members say that they may revisit the idea next year.
NAPT Summit scholarship winners announced
September 16, 2010
Ten industry professionals receive a scholarship from Zonar Systems that will cover the cost of registration to this year's event in Portland, Ore. Two receive the Peter and Linda Lawrence Training Scholarship, which will also defray the registration cost.
District to save $7.3M over 15 years with solar project
September 16, 2010
Five elementary schools and the district's transportation center will be equipped with solar panels that will generate 70 percent of the district's annual energy needs.
School bus driver fired after letting teens drive
September 16, 2010
The driver allowed two 15-year-old students to drive her school bus during the afternoon route last week. She admitted to the incident the next morning and could face charges of reckless conduct and letting an unlicensed person operate a vehicle.
Under a presidential proclamation that Congressman Baron Hill will introduce next month, the third week in October of every year would be designated National School Bus Safety Week.
Congressman to push for National School Bus Safety Week
September 15, 2010
Baron Hill (D-Ind.) will introduce a presidential proclamation next month designating the third week in October of every year as National School Bus Safety Week. Pupil transporters are urged to show their support by contacting their congressmen and congresswomen and encouraging them to vote “yes” when the bill comes to the floor.
Humorous school bus art offered
September 15, 2010
Industry veteran Randy Mazie takes pupil transportation quite seriously, but he also enjoys a good school bus-related joke. A few examples of his “bus art” are available for free download.
Indiana district wants DOT to pay for bus damage
September 14, 2010
Bus drivers for Indian Creek Schools have reported that rocks used in a surfacing material on a stretch of road were flying up and cracking buses’ windshields and chipping paint while they were on their routes. The district has filed a tort claim against the state DOT and believes that it should fund the cost of bus repairs.
Tags: Indiana
Seon Design’s SQ Dome camera is among the company’s updated units. The camera allows for easy adjustment of the lens to capture different parts of the bus. It also includes infrared capabilities, which allows the camera to capture images in total darkness.
Seon Design offers updated surveillance cameras
September 14, 2010
The company now delivers 540 TV lines of resolution as standard in its SA Wedge, SQ and SJ Dome series cameras. The SA Wedge provides color images in normal lighting and automatically switches to black and white in low-light conditions. The SJ Dome camera features an adjustable lens, while the SQ version features infrared capabilities.

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