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NAPT recommends American Logistics’ services
April 5, 2010
The transportation management company has been added to NAPT’s Recommended Products Program. American Logistics aims to help school districts maximize route efficiency and lower the costs associated with transporting special-needs students using its proprietary software.
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School bus passing bill fails
April 1, 2010
“Nathan’s Law” would have increased penalties for stop-arm running in Mississippi. The bill was name for a 5-year-old who was killed by a passing motorist after getting off his bus in December. His parents say they’ll keep pushing for the change.
Interest in Thomas Built hybrid bus grows
April 1, 2010
The school bus manufacturer reports that it has received more than three dozen orders for its new Saf-T-Liner C2e diesel-electric hybrid bus. A Texas school district is one operation that recently added 25 units to its fleet. Thomas Built says the C2e can reduce emissions and improve fuel economy by 30 percent or more.
Seat belt proposal rejected 2 years in a row
April 1, 2010
A Colorado bill requiring installation of seat belts on school buses was killed by the House Education Committee last year. The proposal was reintroduced this year, and lawmakers shot it down again, saying it was too costly and that school buses are already safe.
IC Bus recognizes dealers at annual meeting
March 31, 2010
Marv Wood, training director with Leonard Bus Sales in Deposit, N.Y., receives the Unsung Hero Award. The school bus manufacturer also recognizes Regional Dealers of the Year and 10 IC Bus Dealer Scholarship recipients.
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Arsenault offers updated maintenance software
March 31, 2010
Dossier Version 5.1 includes features that remind users to file orders with parts suppliers and track whether vehicles are meeting performance thresholds. Technicians can clock in and out on repair orders for accurate reporting of time spent on jobs.
Pennsylvania DOT to expand access to driving records
March 30, 2010
School districts will receive the entire driving history of school bus driver applicants at no cost, and contractors will have the option of paying $5 per record or an annual fee of $200 for unlimited access. The policy change comes after a school bus driver with a spotty driving history was involved in a fatal crash last month.
The state pupil transportation directors association cited numerous concerns with an article in last week’s issue of Parade magazine under the provocative headline “Are School Buses Unsafe?”
NASDPTS: Parade article on school buses ‘may mislead parents’
March 30, 2010
The state directors association cites numerous concerns with the magazine’s brief article. One is the title: “Are School Buses Unsafe?” The piece also failed to distinguish between lap belts and lap-shoulder belts.
IMMI wins engineering award for Premier seat
March 29, 2010
The company will receive the 2009 SAE International Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering. The award recognizes IMMI's work in increasing safety on motorcoaches and school buses with the development of the Premier seat, which incorporates SafeGuard SmartFrame technology to protect both belted and unbelted occupants.
School bus technicians who attend IC Bus University receive training in bus maintenance, engines, electrical components, vehicle lifts, transmissions and other topics.
IC Bus University session deemed a success
March 29, 2010
Sixty technicians attended the school bus manufacturer’s maintenance training program in mid-March. They received instruction on such topics as engines, vehicle lifts and transmissions. Another session has been scheduled for the week of May 3.
Tags: IC Bus
Free computer with Seon DVR purchase
March 29, 2010
The mobile video surveillance supplier is offering a free Dell notebook to customers who purchase 10 or more Trooper TL Series Digital Video Recorders. The offer runs until Sept. 1.
Transfinder offers updated routing software
March 29, 2010
Version 9.0 of Routefinder Pro contains features for pupil transportation personnel to optimize routes and analyze their operations to better understand current metrics. Mapping technology displays each student’s home relative to his or her morning and afternoon stops.
President Obama signs healthcare reform legislation on Tuesday. Some school bus contractors see increased costs for their businesses, while others are hoping for reduced prices in buying healthcare.
White House photo, Pete Souza
Contractors give varying outlooks on healthcare bill
March 26, 2010
Some executives at school bus companies see increased costs that they will have to pass on to the school districts they serve. Others are hoping that the price of buying healthcare will go down.
Funding will help New Mexico maintain bus routes
March 25, 2010
The state will receive $561,000 from the Indian School Bus Route program to improve roads that serve as school bus routes in this part of the Navajo Nation. The program expired last year, but a U.S. senator drafted legislation that would renew it and provide $12 million for counties in Navajo Nation over the next six years.
Deer flies through school bus windshield
March 25, 2010
The animal is struck by the bus and ends up on board. Two students are taken to the hospital with minor injuries in the bizarre accident.
IC Bus to provide chassis for Thor Industries units
March 25, 2010
Under a supply agreement, several brands of vehicles manufactured by Thor will be built on IC’s new TC Series chassis, which will be powered by MaxxForce engines featuring advanced exhaust gas recirculation emissions technology.
Tags: IC Bus
Finalists named in America’s Greenest School contest
March 25, 2010
Schools in New York, California, Kentucky, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Ohio made the list. The public has until April 2 to vote for the school that they believe is most deserving of the title.
New safety training offered for bus drivers
March 25, 2010
Auto Safety House and DrivingMBA are partnering to offer a program for school bus and other fleets that focuses on defensive driving using simulators and adult learning techniques.
SBF named a finalist for publishing award
March 23, 2010
The 2009 SCHOOL BUS FLEET Fact Book will contend against five other publications in the directories category of the Maggie Awards. The annual competition is for trade and consumer magazines west of the Mississippi.
Seventeen children were killed in school bus loading or unloading accidents in the 2008-09 school year.
Free training set offered after spike in danger zone deaths
March 23, 2010
To bring down the number of accidents with children around school buses, four organizations team up to provide the safety training program at no charge to school districts nationwide.

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