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Prices raised on Bridgestone tires
July 1, 2010
Bus and truck radial tire base prices are increased up to 6 percent. An exec says that the company “must pass along some of the increased costs that are outside of our control.”
Tags: tires
Legislators restore $900K for bus fuel, parts
July 1, 2010
The South Carolina Senate overrides Gov. Mark Sanford’s veto to cut the funding. Still, Department of Education officials say that the reduction of the fuel and parts budget from $70.1 million to $56.6 million doesn't leave enough to run buses for the entire school year.
The elimination of general education elementary bus service at Oceanside (Calif.) Unified School District will impact about 1,500 students district-wide.
District eliminates elementary transportation
July 1, 2010
Southern California district, which had stopped offering transportation for middle and high school students some years ago, has eliminated busing for general-ed elementary students as part of its efforts to balance the budget.
IMMI offers SafeGuard Summer Exchange program
July 1, 2010
Through the program, school districts can replace SafeGuard STAR restraints and other restraints manufactured in 2004 or earlier. After districts remove the manufacturing labels from the retired products, they will be sent a $15 coupon toward the purchase of new STAR restraints. The program runs until Sept. 30.
Fatigue expert among new NTSB members
June 30, 2010
Mark R. Rosekind has conducted research on fatigue and implemented programs in numerous fields, including transportation. Prior to joining the board, he founded and served as president and chief scientist of consulting firm Alertness Solutions. Also joining the board is Earl F. Weener, a licensed pilot who has dedicated his career to aviation safety.
Tags: NTSB
Speakers set for Dossier Users Group summit
June 30, 2010
Eric Ice of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will speak about the administration’s Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 initiative. Mark Norton of the Arizona Division of Safety and Health will discuss fleet maintenance safety.
Bill disqualifies CDL holders for DUI offenses
June 30, 2010
Under a new Louisiana law, individuals are unable to operate a school bus for 10 years if they are convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol while operating a commercial motor vehicle or noncommercial motor vehicle or refuse to submit to a blood-alcohol test after being arrested for suspicion of DUI.
District pushes for increased traffic control near buses
June 29, 2010
To bolster student safety, Dallas County Schools officials have asked a city council committee to pass an ordinance for zones to be created around school buses that motorists could not cross while the buses’ stop arms are deployed.
Candidates sought for Continuing Education Award
June 29, 2010
Recipient of the NAPT award, sponsored by Thomas Built Buses, will earn a grant of up to $1,000 to cover expenses for an approved workshop.
Tags: NAPT
Winners named in annual Photo Contest
June 25, 2010
The sixth edition of SCHOOL BUS FLEET’s Photo Contest, which was open to all types of school bus-related shots, drew more than 100 entries. The winning photos were submitted by transportation professionals in Arizona, Michigan and California.
Minnesota bus drivers honored for exemplary service
June 25, 2010
Six drivers receive the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association’s Transportation Specialist Award. Along with winning the award, a $1,000 check is given in each driver’s name to a scholarship fund for deserving youth in the school districts they serve.
Tags: Minnesota
Blue Bird to consolidate plants
June 25, 2010
North Georgia plant in LaFayette to close Aug. 30. All large bus assembly operations will be centralized at Fort Valley facility.
Success seen with direct observation drug testing rules
June 25, 2010
Department of Transportation says that many employers and collectors have reported that drug test cheaters are being caught and numerous employees have stopped using drugs because of the added measures.
Student struck by bus last week dies
June 24, 2010
Police in Pennsylvania said it appeared that the 6-year-old boy darted in front of the bus near his home. He had been hospitalized since the June 16 accident.
Toronto cancels school transportation during G20 Summit
June 24, 2010
School boards expect motorcades to result in highway closures and traffic congestion to increase significantly. Officials say they do not want to subject students to extended periods of time spent on buses.
Delaware restores funding for school bus transportation
June 24, 2010
To meet the budget gap, the Joint Finance Committee decides to reduce the number of new buses to be purchased and the number of routes to be added for the next school year.
Los Angeles district buys Thomas Built CNG units
June 24, 2010
The 130 Saf-T-Liner HDX buses will join Los Angeles Unified School District’s fleet of more than 300 alternative-fueled school buses. The district’s transportation department, which currently operates the largest CNG fleet in California, only accepts bids for buses that operate on alternative fuels.
Scholarships available for upcoming training events
June 23, 2010
Peter Lawrence, director of transportation for Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District, and his wife, Linda, have endowed one scholarship for a school bus driver trainer to attend the NYAPT/CYR Foundation Conference and three scholarships for driver trainers to attend the 2010 NAPT Summit.
First Student honors veteran school bus drivers, aides
June 23, 2010
Sixty-five of the contractor’s employees have served their communities for 40 years or more. In other news, First Student parent company FirstGroup America is raising awareness for National Safety Month by reminding motorists to turn off mobile devices while driving.
A New Jersey Senate committee approved legislation that would expand background check requirements to school bus drivers who don’t currently fall under the mandate. Pictured is the State House, where the Legislature meets.
Bill would expand background check requirements
June 22, 2010
The New Jersey legislation would mandate that school bus drivers for nonpublic schools undergo criminal history record checks. School bus drivers employed by agencies like the Department of Human Services would also fall under the requirement.
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