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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.
Missing bus found on island in British Columbia
September 14, 2010
Students and teachers on a chartered bus headed toward a coastal town on Vancouver Island for a field trip were stranded on Sunday when the driver took a wrong turn and got stuck. The bus was found and pulled out on Monday afternoon.
Device makes drivers buckle up
September 14, 2010
Click 'N' Drive prevents shifting an automatic transmission from park unless the driver's seat belt is buckled.
School bus camera reportedly catches cop assault on student
September 14, 2010
A 16-year-old student suspected of being involved in an on-campus fight was removed from a school bus with the help of the campus police officer. The student was taken to the hospital, and the cop was put on desk duty. Footage is being reviewed by the district attorney.
LaHood sets agenda for second Distracted Driving Summit
September 14, 2010
The summit, scheduled to take place Sept. 21 in Washington, D.C., will also be Webcast live at www.distraction.gov, allowing those who can't attend to watch remotely and submit questions for panelists.
Traffic fatalities in 2009 lowest since 1950
September 14, 2010
Deaths from motor vehicle traffic crashes fell to 33,808 last year; there were 33,186 fatalities in 1950. Last year also saw the lowest fatality and injury rates ever recorded: 1.13 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, according to data released last week.
School transportation audit identifies $10M in potential savings
September 13, 2010
Lee County Public Schools in Fort Myers, Fla., retained TransPar Group for the study. Findings show that adjusting start times, reducing the number of spare buses and shifting special-needs students to taxis or dial-a-ride services could help cut costs.
School bus driver killed in crash with SUV
September 13, 2010
The bus driver was traveling westbound on a highway when the SUV, which was traveling eastbound, drifted into the westbound lane and collided head-on with the bus; both vehicles then caught fire. The driver and passenger in the SUV also died in the accident.
Tree falls on special-needs bus, no one injured
September 10, 2010
As the massive, rotten, hollow tree fell on the bus, it severed power lines, which zapped the bus with 13,000 volts, officials said.

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