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Thomas Built calls for Driver of the Year nominations
April 6, 2010
Now in its fifth consecutive year, the contest is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade across North America, who are invited to submit 90-word essays to nominate their favorite school bus drivers.
Contractors could be exempt from paying taxes on buses
April 6, 2010
New Mississippi legislation would allow companies that operate buses and other vehicles to transport students to and from school to waive ad valorem taxes on their units if they are under contract to a school board on or after July 1.
Tags: taxes
New edition of special-needs transportation guide available
April 6, 2010
The second edition of Access & Mobility: A Guide for Transporting Students with Disabilities in California offers advice on a wide range of topics, including cost efficiencies, least restrictive environment and collaboration. Although it was produced for California, transportation and special-needs administrators nationwide can apply the best practices.
Bus driver honored for efforts to promote literacy
April 5, 2010
Timothy Driggers, who works for a Florida school district, has received the Celebrate Literacy Award for implementing a literacy program on his bus. Driggers reads to his students every morning, engaging them by requesting listener participation. He also checks for reading comprehension.
Special-needs event offers solutions in bad economy
April 5, 2010
In nearly 40 sessions held during the Transporting Students With Disabilities & Preschoolers conference, attendees participated in evacuation, securement and sensitivity training. The opening general session gave insights into the current hot topic of restraint and seclusion legislation.
Veteran bus driver has big heart
April 5, 2010
Frankie Keen, a school bus driver since 1971, currently serves students with disabilities for a Virginia school district. Her love for the kids she transports causes her to go beyond transporting them safely to and from school — she views herself as a surrogate parent.
California DOE to host special-needs transportation conference
April 5, 2010
Two-day event will be held in counties throughout the state in July and August. Topics such as behavior management, wheelchair and occupant securement, and confidentiality will be discussed.
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.
Tags: NAPT
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.
Tags: IC Bus
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.

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