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Blake Krapf (center) receives the Contractor of the Year award from SBF Publisher Frank Di Giacomo. At left is NSTA President Donnie Fowler.
Blake Krapf named Contractor of the Year
July 29, 2010
Also in the NSTA awards ceremony, Barry Stock of National Express Corp. and Stan Weber of First Student Canada are inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame. Industry consultant Robin Leeds wins the Meritorious Service award.
Pennsylvania DOT finalizes expanded access to driving records
July 29, 2010
Commercial driver employers will now be given a candidate’s complete driving history, and accident information will include the crash severity to specify whether it resulted in fatalities or injuries. School bus operations can contact a potential new driver for details about a crash.
Bill would require lap-shoulder belts on school buses
July 29, 2010
Massachusetts legislation awaits recommendation to go before the House for a vote. The senator who filed the bill says it aims to make outfitting buses with seat belts economical by requiring discounts on insurance premiums for school buses when belts are installed.
EPA awards $1.24M for emissions reductions, job creation
July 29, 2010
The grant to Cobb County (Ga.) School District will be used to retrofit 108 school buses with diesel particulate filters and 480 buses with advanced engine idle control systems.
Tags: emissions, EPA
2nd national distracted driving summit scheduled
July 28, 2010
At this year's event, experts from around the country will explore accomplishments since the first summit, as well as the many challenges that lie ahead. Key topics will include research, technology, policy, public outreach and best practices in enforcement.
Indiana districts drop bus rider fees
July 27, 2010
Franklin Township Community School Corp. forgoes plans to charge a $75 fee following Attorney General Gregory Zoeller’s legal opinion that such fees are unconstitutional. The district’s board disagrees, but feels that being sued over the fee could be costly. Lake Central School Corp. drops its $10 fee out of respect for Zoeller’s opinion.
The Stop Watch program is set to launch this fall in St. Lucie County. Trained volunteers will monitor school bus stops in the area for suspicious activity. They will be given special cell phones that can contact 911 in the event of an incident.
Program aims to protect children at bus stops
July 27, 2010
Under “Stop Watch,” set to launch this fall, trained volunteers will look for suspicious activity at school bus stops in a Florida community. The volunteers will be provided with a cell phone that can contact 911 when they see questionable activity.
IMMI unveils Premier activity seat
July 26, 2010
The SafeGuard Premier activity seat features both lap-shoulder belts and compartmentalization protection for unbelted passengers.
Zonar to aid development of electric school buses
July 26, 2010
Zonar will subsidize additional data sampling costs for customers who opt to share data with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to help in the development of hybrid, plug-in hybrid electric and battery electric school buses.
Teen driver arrested in fatal bus crash
July 26, 2010
Seventeen-year-old whose car collided with a school bus faces charges including negligent homicide with motor vehicle. The crash killed one student and spurred efforts to get seat belts on buses in Connecticut.
NSTA President Donnie Fowler (left) presents Larry Hannon of Centennial School District in Warminster, Pa., with a plaque to commemorate placing first in the Conventional category. This is Hannon's seventh competition win.
International safety competition winners announced
July 26, 2010
More than 100 school bus drivers from 34 states and one Canadian province vied for the top spot in three categories during the annual event over the weekend. Pennsylvania's Larry Hannon earned his seventh competition win.
Tags: NSTA, roadeo
Texas PTA praised for providing 'clean bus' grants
July 23, 2010
Michael Williams of the Texas Railroad Commission commends the association’s bestowal of a $95,654 Clean School Bus grant to Leander ISD and a $110,889 grant to Silsbee ISD for buying propane-powered school buses. Williams cites the environmental and economic benefits of utilizing the alternative fuel.
Bus driver helps save student’s life
July 23, 2010
Cristina Rickert stopped her bus when she saw students playing recklessly on a snow bank on the side of the road. One of the students then slid under the wheels of the bus. Rickert receives the 2010 New York State Bus Driver Heroism Award for her actions.
The NexBus Propane Type A has gone through certification and will be available under the Collins, Mid Bus and Corbeil brands.
Collins propane bus in full production
July 23, 2010
The NexBus Propane Type A has gone through certification and will be available under the Collins, Mid Bus and Corbeil brands.
Brad Barker, a maintenance expert and past winner of the America’s Best school bus technician title, has stepped down from his district position but will work for a dealership.
Renowned school bus tech retires
July 22, 2010
Brad Barker, a maintenance expert and past winner of the America’s Best school bus technician title, steps down from his district position but will work for a dealership. “I will still be involved heavily in the school bus industry,” he says.
California pupil transportation operations may get more time to comply with the requirements of the Air Resources Board’s Truck and Bus Regulation, which was drafted to reduce emissions generated by diesel-powered buses, like these operated by Kings Canyon Unified School District. The agency has proposed changes to the regulation’s school bus provisions.
School bus fleets may get more time to meet clean air rule
July 22, 2010
Amendments to the school bus provisions of the California Air Resources Board's Truck and Bus Regulation that the agency is considering include adding an optional two-year deferral for public fleets to comply. A public meeting to discuss the changes will be held on July 28 in Sacramento.
Tags: emissions, EPA
City officials approve seat belt use requirement
July 22, 2010
In a "zero tolerance" approach, the Board of Selectmen in Burlington, Mass., makes a move to ensure more citizens are buckled up when driving. Officials place a special emphasis on school bus seat belt use, as the city is one of the few in the area where buses are equipped with belts.
Charter school takes over transportation duties
July 22, 2010
A Minnesota charter school purchases a new 77-passenger school bus to transport its students, a service that the local public school district had been providing. The change will allow the school to alter its calendar.
A-Z Bus Sales to deliver CNG buses to California district
July 21, 2010
Fresno Unified School District will receive 30 All American Blue Bird school buses powered by the alternative fuel. Upon delivery, the district will have a total of 42 CNG Blue Bird units.
Woman convicted in fatal bus crash loses appeal
July 21, 2010
The Minnesota Court of Appeals upholds the 24 counts against Olga Franco del Cid, who is serving a 12 ½-year prison sentence for running a stop sign and striking the side of a school bus in 2008, killing four students and injuring 17 others. Arguments on appeal made by the woman’s attorney were rejected by the three-judge panel.

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