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Former state pupil transportation director passes
July 20, 2010
Spence Holder, who died Sunday at 66, held the state director role in Arkansas for 12 years. He also served as president of NASDPTS and the Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference.
Crew honored for extinguishing bus fire
July 20, 2010
The men receive the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Extra Mile Award for their actions in June. The bus had been traveling on the opposite side of the road when they saw smoke coming out from under its hood. After the bus pulled over, the men put out the fire while the bus driver evacuated the 19 students on board.
Tags: bus fires
Law may be named after boy who died on bus
July 20, 2010
A Massachusetts law that requires first aid training for school bus drivers was passed in 2008, after 5-year-old Darnell Cobb choked while riding a bus. Now, the state House has approved a bill to name that measure “Darnell’s Law.”
First Student drivers to test skills in safety competition
July 20, 2010
Fifteen of the contractor’s employees will participate in the National School Transportation Association’s 40th Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition this Saturday and Sunday in St. Louis. Competitors will complete a driving skills challenge and a written exam.
Nixing bus fee plan, district to save $550K with hub system
July 20, 2010
Having received a negative response to a proposed pay-to-ride plan for bus service next school year, Lodi (Calif.) Unified School District will go forward with a hub system to consolidate rural routes.
School buses and their related parts will remain tax-free. Gov. Edward Rendell had proposed earlier this year to repeal these exemptions, along with those for 73 other goods and services, but the move received little support from the General Assembly.
Pennsylvania upholds tax-exempt status for buses, parts
July 20, 2010
Earlier this year, Gov. Edward Rendell proposed to repeal sales tax exemptions for 74 goods and services, including those for school buses and their parts, but the move received little support from the General Assembly. The Pennsylvania School Bus Association, which took action to oppose the proposal, is prepared for a possible resurgence under a new administration next year.
Tags: taxes
Transfinder, Zonar partner to offer GPS system
July 19, 2010
RouteTracer integrates Zonar's K12 High-Definition GPS unit with Transfinder's Busfinder AVL software to display bus locations and path-points on a district's transportation routing map. Transfinder will market and deliver the system, and Zonar will provide installation and service.
Peggy Burns and Lisa Hudson’s new book provides lessons learned from legal disputes. It’s available for purchase at a 20-percent pre-publication discount until Aug. 20.
Book covers key cases in special-needs transportation
July 16, 2010
Peggy Burns and Lisa Hudson’s new book provides lessons learned from legal disputes. It’s available for purchase at a 20-percent pre-publication discount until Aug. 20.
Bill aims to increase bus safety, reduce costs
July 15, 2010
New Michigan law puts requirements for the state’s school bus drivers in line with those at the federal level. Changes have been made to training and medical exam mandates, and a health standard has been set for drivers with known illnesses. The reforms are expected to save $600,000 statewide.
California DOE cancels special-needs conference
July 15, 2010
The conference was scheduled to be held in four counties across the state in July and August. The DOE’s Office of Transportation reports that travel restrictions and the state’s lack of a budget prompted the cancellation.
Student Transportation of Canada acquires Ontario operator
July 15, 2010
Leuschen Bros. Limited will add more than 250 vehicles from three new locations and increase STC's net revenues by $12 million, according to the company.
District responds to child-left-on-bus incident
July 15, 2010
Proposal recommends installation of electronic child check devices on all of Richmond Public Schools' 217 buses.
Production of the Blue Bird Propane-Powered Micro Bird by Girardin is scheduled to begin toward the end of this year.
Steve Girardin discusses new propane Type A
July 15, 2010
The Micro Bird president says that liquid propane power has “excellent cold start capability and quiet power when needed for the steepest hills.” The Blue Bird Propane-Powered Micro Bird by Girardin is scheduled to be offered for sale starting this month, with production beginning toward the end of this year.
Conference will commemorate clean diesel initiatives
July 14, 2010
The EPA, NASDPTS and other groups are organizing Clean Diesel 10, to be held in Washington, D.C., in October. The event will include a presentation on the EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Program, an exhibit area for green technology, sessions on emerging technology and a forum to generate future initiatives.
IMMI won a contract to supply its SafeGuard FlexSeat lap-shoulder belt seats for 280 new school buses serving San Bernardino (Calif.) City Unified School District.
District moves to all belted bus seating
July 14, 2010
IMMI wins contract to supply lap-shoulder belt seats for school buses serving San Bernardino (Calif.) City USD. The district’s contractor, National Express, purchased an entirely new fleet of 280 buses from Thomas Built.
Budget cuts force district to modify bus service
July 14, 2010
Beginning with the 2010-11 school year, a Missouri school district will only transport intermediate, middle and high school students if they live more than 1.5 miles from their schools, a half-mile increase from the district’s previous policy. The move is designed to offset an approximately $400,000 reduction in transportation funding.
NTSB issues new bus safety recommendations
July 13, 2010
Some of the recommendations to NHTSA could affect school buses, such as a proposal that all buses above 10,000 pounds be required to have on-board recording systems.
Tags: NHTSA, NTSB
Gov. calls seat belt bill ‘common sense’
July 13, 2010
In a ceremony, Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell pays tribute to a high school student who died in a school bus crash in January. Rell says that the new law, which is not a mandate, “strikes a critical balance between incentive and choice.”
In a legal opinion piece issued on Monday, Indiana Attorney General Gregory Zoeller wrote that the legislature has not provided school districts with the specific authority to charge a bus rider fee and, therefore, fees are unconstitutional. 
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Indiana attorney general: School bus fees are unconstitutional
July 13, 2010
Gregory Zoeller issues a legal opinion piece after receiving a request from the state’s Board of Accounts, which took issue with a district’s proposal to begin charging $75 per student for bus rides.
Lauren Wells, a University of Alabama senior in civil engineering, reviews data from the videos of seat belt usage.
Study: School bus passenger seat belt use on the rise
July 13, 2010
The results of the University of Alabama's pilot project studying the implementation of seat belts on school buses will be released soon. Researchers say the number of students wearing the belts properly has risen during the last year.

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