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“You shouldn’t have to pay extra for technology that can help prevent a collision altogether,” NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart says in advocating collision avoidance systems.
NTSB calls for collision avoidance systems on new vehicles
June 11, 2015
The agency outlines what it calls the “life-saving benefits” of collision avoidance systems and recommends that they become standard on all new passenger and commercial vehicles.
School bus driver falls asleep at wheel, crashes empty bus
June 11, 2015
Josiah Muckey of Oregon is cited by police for careless driving after they say he fell asleep and crashed into two trees, a highway sign and a retaining wall.
School bus monitor fired after allegedly attacking students
June 11, 2015
Board members for Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools vote to fire the monitor after viewing video footage of him repeatedly shoving and grabbing a boy and pushing another child into his seat.
Adolfo Salinas has more than 20 years of experience in the engineering design and application of mobile bus air conditioning.
Bus a/c supplier ACT adds engineering director
June 11, 2015
Adolfo Salinas has more than 20 years of experience in the engineering design and application of mobile bus air conditioning.
Ron Campbell has more than two decades of bus sales experience, including with Micro Bird Inc.
Ron Campbell to lead bus sales in Canada for ASV
June 11, 2015
The industry veteran is named the new Canadian bus division national sales manager for Collins Bus parent company Allied Specialty Vehicles.
NHTSA has finalized a rule that requires electronic stability control systems on heavy trucks and some large buses, such as motorcoaches.
School buses exempt from electronic stability control mandate
June 10, 2015
NHTSA has finalized a rule that requires electronic stability control systems on heavy trucks and some large buses, but not school buses.
Rob Stiteler, formerly with Navistar, joined Leonard Bus Sales as the new director of fixed operations.
Former Navistar manager joins Leonard Bus Sales
June 10, 2015
Rob Stiteler brings nearly a decade of managerial and fixed-operations experience with Navistar International Truck and Engine Corp. to Leonard Bus Sales, where he serves as the new director of fixed operations.
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The Cyr Foundation for Excellence in School Transportation is expanding its educational opportunities. Shown left is Scott Goble, a foundation board member, with Pete James, a consultant, at the recent NCST in Des Moines, Iowa.
School transportation foundation expands training access
June 10, 2015
The nonprofit operated by the New York Association for Pupil Transportation in honor of Dr. Frank Cyr expands its webinar and video offerings, and will soon announce scholarship and award winners.
Freightliner Custom Chassis CEO to retire
June 9, 2015
Bob Harbin, who served as president and CEO since 2006, will retire effective July 31. He will be succeeded by David Carson, general manager of human resources for Daimler Trucks North America.
North Carolina school bus driver thwarts potential shooting
June 9, 2015
When Alice Bradley saw a man and woman headed toward her bus and the man allegedly pointed a gun at her, she drove her car toward him and they ran away. The suspects were later arrested after pulling a gun on a deputy and said they would have started shooting teachers and students.
School bus dealer awards first scholarship
June 8, 2015
American Bus Sales and Service, which represents Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia, chose Trinity Renee Mitchell for the award. Mitchell, a college student, comes from a family with a long history of providing school bus service.
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First Student gains new Illinois contract
June 8, 2015
The contractor will continue to provide school transportation for McLean County Unit District No. 5 for the next three years.
Blake Krapf (center) was SBF's Contractor of the Year in 2010. At left is Donnie Fowler, then-president of the National School Transportation Association. At right is SBF's Frank Di Giacomo.
REMINDER: Nominate an outstanding school bus contractor
June 8, 2015
Know a school bus contractor who deserves recognition for his or her efforts? We’re accepting nominations for School Bus Fleet’s Contractor of the Year award. The deadline for nominations is this Friday, June 12.
Police: School bus driver in fatal crash was texting
June 5, 2015
Investigators find that school bus driver James Davenport was distracted by texting during the time leading up to the Dec. 2 crash that killed three. Davenport died on June 1.
The U.S. House voted in support of a provision to stop FMCSA from raising insurance minimums for bus operators. Photo by Martin Falbisoner
Efforts to block FMCSA’s insurance increase continue
June 5, 2015
A provision to stop the federal agency from raising insurance minimums for bus operators has survived several challenges in the House.
District apologizes for calling for school bus driver’s firing
June 4, 2015
Officials from an Alberta school district change their stance after seeing a second video of a school bus incident that shows a student hitting the driver with a bag.
Yvonne Wilson, a bus driver for Jefferson County Public Schools, saved a choking student with a one-handed Heimlich maneuver.
Kentucky school bus driver saves choking student
June 4, 2015
Alerted by students that one of their peers was in distress, Yvonne Wilson performed a one-handed Heimlich maneuver on the girl, dislodging a piece of hard candy from her throat.
State lawmakers are reviewing bills that would strengthen school bus safety, including one that would allow cameras to be installed on buses. Photo by Brevard Public Schools.
Bills would strengthen illegal passing, trespassing penalties
June 4, 2015
State lawmakers are reviewing bills that would make a crime of unauthorized boarding of a bus, increase penalties for passing of a stopped school bus, and that would allow cameras to be installed on school buses.
On the Go Kids Inc. was still able to deliver service the morning after its offices were destroyed by a fire. Shown here are some of the buses from the contractor's fleet. No buses were damaged, since they were parked in a different location.
Pennsylvania school bus contractor bounces back from fire
June 4, 2015
On the Go Kids Inc. quickly recovers after a fire destroys its offices one evening. Employees put a plan in place and continue providing service the following morning.
First Priority will offer sales and service for Trans Tech’s Type A school buses in California and Nevada. Pictured is the Roadstar.
First Priority named Trans Tech dealer for California, Nevada
June 3, 2015
In those two states, First Priority will offer sales and service for Trans Tech’s Type A school buses, including the all-electric eSeries.

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