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American Logistics to help serve Texas districts
June 4, 2010
The special-needs transportation management company has partnered with Innovative Transportation Solutions with the goal of improving services and reducing transportation costs for school districts statewide.
Provider Enterprises awarded for efficiency
June 4, 2010
The special-needs school transportation company has reportedly reduced fuel consumption by nearly 10 percent, for a savings of approximately $50,000, by using fleet tracking technology from Navman Wireless.
In this PSA from NASDPTS, country music superstar Toby Keith tells motorists what they need to do when they come to a stopped school bus. The clip is in SBF’s new video section.
SBF launches new video section
June 3, 2010
New feature on SchoolBusFleet.com offers an array of pupil transportation videos — from school bus safety PSAs to training material to funny bus-related clips.
Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell approved a measure that cuts the sales tax on school buses equipped with three-point belts.
Incentive for school bus seat belts signed into law
June 3, 2010
The Connecticut governor approves a measure that cuts the sales tax on school buses equipped with three-point belts — but does not make them mandatory.
Michigan bill would outsource non-instructional labor
June 3, 2010
The legislation would require the outsourcing of all non-instructional support services in public school districts for contracts of $20,000 or more, typically food, janitorial and transportation services.
Vermont becomes 27th state to ban texting while driving
June 3, 2010
The new law, effective June 1, prohibits drivers of all ages from texting. It imposes a $100 penalty for the first violation and a $250 penalty for repeat violations that occur within a two-year period.
6-year-old dies in school bus crash
June 3, 2010
The bus drove off the right side of the road, struck a utility pole and rolled over. One student was killed in the Ohio crash; the driver and six other passengers were injured.
C.E. White Co. to open Fort Valley facility
June 3, 2010
The school bus seat supplier's new 24,000-sq.-ft. satellite assembly plant will be geared toward servicing just-in-time deliveries and on-site support to the Blue Bird Body Co.
Tags: seating
Bill Moore, founder and president of school bus seating equipment supplier BESI Inc., died Saturday. He was 65.
BESI founder passes away
June 2, 2010
After working for a Wayne distributor doing warranty work and supplying parts to school bus operations, Bill Moore started his own company, Bus Equipment Sales, in his garage in 1975. He responded to a need for quality school bus upholstery.
Districts to merge bus service
June 1, 2010
The two Illinois school districts will share buses and drivers. Officials expect the plan to save at least $200,000 over each of the next five years.
Obama calls for increased fuel efficiency for buses, trucks
June 1, 2010
Under a new presidential memorandum, stricter fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty buses and trucks will go into effect for model year 2014.
NYC DOE proposes bus cuts for 7th, 8th graders
June 1, 2010
In light of a $500 million shortfall in state education funding, the Department of Education says it has no choice but to cut bus services. Parents strongly oppose the plan.
U.S. DOT launches 'Click It or Ticket' campaign
June 1, 2010
Set to run from May 24 through June 6, the campaign will involve publicity efforts and more than 10,000 police agencies.
Navistar, Enova announce deployment of 16 hybrid buses
June 1, 2010
Sixteen hybrid school buses will be put into service at several school districts. This deployment represents the initial large-scale utilization of U.S. Department of Energy grants for clean school buses.
Riteway wins clean air award
June 1, 2010
Riteway operates vehicles that meet the new EPA guidelines. Other "green" initiatives include a recycling program, digital imaging, energy efficient lighting and video conferencing for all locations.
Tags: emissions
Details on Dossier Users Group summit announced
May 28, 2010
Fleet professionals who use Arsenault Associates’ Dossier maintenance management software will convene in Tucson, Ariz., in November for the event, which will include hands-on software training as well as sessions that cover product applications and futures, and user case studies.
ISD 196 in Rosemount, Minn., came up with a plan to offer school bus service for a fee to students who aren’t currently eligible. The school board approved the proposal on Monday.
Photo by William Wesen
School district to increase bus service
May 27, 2010
At a time of widespread transportation cuts, ISD 196 in Minnesota came up with a plan to offer school bus service for a fee to students who aren’t currently eligible. The school board approved the proposal on Monday, and it will go into effect next year.
South Carolina DOE buys buses from Kentucky districts
May 27, 2010
Eighty-six used buses purchased at an auction will replace the state’s 26- and 27-year-old units. South Carolina’s superintendent of education calls on the General Assembly to conduct a comprehensive study of the state's overall tax structure and to develop an adequate revenue system to facilitate the allocation of funding for bus replacements more regularly.
Online registration available for NAPT Summit
May 27, 2010
Industry members can register for the Portland, Ore., event on the association’s Website. The Summit will include a two-day trade show and variety of workshops on such topics as managing human resources and developing an effective maintenance plan. Professional Development Series courses will also be offered.
Dr. Joseph O’Neil (left), the co-medical director of the Automotive Safety Program, presents Charlie Vits with the Child Safety Advocate Award.
IMMI official honored for child injury prevention efforts
May 26, 2010
Charlie Vits receives the Child Safety Advocate Award from Safe Kids Indiana and the Automotive Safety Program for his role in developing IMMI’s SmartFrame technology for school bus seating and educating industry professionals about the value of restraint systems on buses.

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