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Former bus driver sentenced in Minnesota accident
August 19, 2010
Westal John Maine is given 10 days in jail and fined $135 for moving his school bus without ensuring that 6-year-old Evan Lee Lindquist was out of the way. Maine's jail time was suspended under the conditions that he speak to area bus drivers on safety and reach out to Lindquist's family.
Bus crash shows need for mass casualty event recovery planning
August 18, 2010
Those plans should also cover field trips, security expert Michael Dorn writes following the fatal school bus accident in Missouri. Emergency preparedness measures include programming student, staff and chaperone information into the emergency notification system.
Among the tips issued to students to ensure their safety during the upcoming school year is to wait for their buses in a safe place, away from traffic and off the street.
Photo courtesy of James Kraemer.
Bus safety messages abound for new school year
August 18, 2010
School districts, contractors, state highway patrol officials and others have issued reminders to motorists and tips to parents and students to ensure students’ safety in 2010-11. Reminders for motorists include stopping for school buses while tips for parents include accompanying their children to their bus stops whenever possible.
FMCSA sweep nabs 109 drivers
August 18, 2010
FMCSA strike force investigators examined the drug and alcohol safety records of commercial drivers employed by bus and truck companies, including school bus drivers. As a result, 109 drivers were removed from the roads and more than 175 carriers face enforcement actions.
First Student names senior contract manager
August 18, 2010
Jim Ring will fill the position at the contractor’s Cincinnati location, where he will oversee all transportation operations for four operating lots. In other news, four First Student bus drivers were honored by the National Safety Council for their outstanding driving records.
System blocks calls, texts to prevent distracted driving
August 18, 2010
Cellcontrol technology can prevent drivers of school buses and other fleet vehicles from making phone calls, text messaging, e-mailing and Web browsing when a vehicle is moving. The system also reports idle time, mileage and speed capturing.
Texas schools seek funds for new buses with seat belts
August 17, 2010
New buses purchased in Texas must be equipped with lap-shoulder belts starting Sept. 1, as long as funding is provided. The state reportedly set aside $10 million for new buses, but that would only cover about one bus per district, according to local news outlets.
School bus service to continue for Staten Island students
August 17, 2010
A state Supreme Court judge signs a restraining order that temporarily blocks New York City officials’ plan to end the service for seventh and eighth grade students in the borough. After a Sept. 13 hearing, the service could be eliminated.
New CEO named at Foam Rubber Products
August 17, 2010
Norman Smith is the new CEO of the company, which provides foam for school bus seating. Frank Nold is named chairman emeritus.
Tags: seating
U.S. DOT proposes seat belts on all new motorcoaches
August 16, 2010
NHTSA is seeking public comment on the proposal for the next 90 days. The proposal is the latest in U.S. DOT efforts to improve motorcoach safety, including a Motorcoach Safety Action Plan released earlier this year.
LAUSD honored for running buses on natural gas
August 16, 2010
The Los Angeles district receives a National NGV Achievement Award from Natural Gas Vehicles for America and the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation for its efforts to advance the development of natural gas-powered vehicles in the U.S. LAUSD reportedly has the country's largest fleet of school buses that run on the alternative fuel.
With a grant provided through the EPA, a new program from NAPT will help school districts take older diesel buses and extend their life by converting them to run on compressed natural gas, as the buses shown here do.
Stimulus funds to help switch buses to CNG
August 16, 2010
With a grant provided through the EPA, a new program from NAPT will help school districts take older diesel buses and extend their life by converting them to run on compressed natural gas.
EPA bestows funds for bus replacements, retrofits
August 16, 2010
More than $5.1 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act money goes to six organizations to reduce diesel emissions output by vehicles in EPA Region 7. Four of the organizations will use the money for school bus-related projects that include vehicle upgrades and the installation of pollution-control equipment.
Tags: EPA, NSTA
Parents urged to stop idling at schools
August 12, 2010
After implementing a no-idling policy for its school buses a few years ago, a Kentucky district posts signs at elementary schools asking parents to turn off their cars while they wait to pick up their kids.
Operations participate in school bus retrofit program
August 12, 2010
Nine Massachusetts school districts and bus companies have collectively outfitted 72 school buses with pollution-control devices by participating in the state's clean diesel program. The equipment was installed for free through funds designated for the program by the state Department of Transportation.
Tags: emissions
District to raise money with school bus ads
August 12, 2010
The Tennessee Legislature approved the use of color ads earlier this year. Black-and-white ads have been allowed since 1997. Sumner County Schools will use ad revenue to build its school technology fund.
Driver who left child on bus gets license suspension
August 12, 2010
The 5-year-old was discovered wandering a parking lot and was eventually returned to his parents. The substitute driver and aide reportedly refused to answer the transportation director's questions about the incident.
Durham wins two more contracts
August 12, 2010
The contractor will serve school districts in Louisiana and Michigan under three-year contracts that began on July 1.
Fall session of IC Bus University scheduled
August 11, 2010
The manufacturer’s training program for school bus technicians will be held the week of Oct. 18 in Tulsa, Okla. IC Bus University provides up to 43 hours of instruction on such topics as engines, power brakes and air conditioning.
Tags: IC Bus
Dr. Duane Dobbert, a criminal forensics studies professor, presented his “School Bus Drivers: The 1st Line of Defense Against Child Sexual Predators” program at the West Virginia Association of Pupil Transportation State School Transportation Conference in July.
Program instructs on sexual predator awareness
August 10, 2010
In “School Bus Drivers: The 1st Line of Defense Against Child Sexual Predators,” Dr. Duane Dobbert explains different types of sexual disorders and how to identify people who are afflicted with them. The program, which Dobbert recently taught to a group in West Virginia, has been endorsed by the Department of Homeland Security.

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