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Navistar Parts offers credit program for fleet owners
February 25, 2010
The “Fleet Charge ONE” card provides bus and truck owners with 30-day terms on parts and service purchases. It is available through IC Bus and International dealerships. Program benefits include access to online expense tracking tools and ease of participation in the company’s Customer Parts Recovery program.
Tags: IC Bus
Consulting firms form partnership
February 25, 2010
In addition to routing reviews, cost analyses and operations assessments, Management Partnership Services will now offer expertise in legal issues, compliance monitoring and human resource management through its agreement with Education Compliance Group.
Image by James Kraemer, 2safeschools.org
Big jump in danger zone fatalities
February 23, 2010
Seventeen children were killed in school bus loading or unloading accidents in the 2008-09 school year, according to the Kansas State Department of Education’s national survey. It’s a large increase from the previous year’s total, five fatalities.
Detroit Public Schools to privatize transportation
February 23, 2010
First Student will transport the district’s nearly 90,000 students with a fleet of about 360 vehicles under a five-year contract that begins on May 1. By the start of the 2010-11 school year, all of the buses will feature GPS tracking and child-check reminder systems, as well as crossing gates.
School administrators praise stimulus, warn of further cuts
February 23, 2010
American Association of School Administrators says that while the stimulus funds provided some relief, school districts nationwide continue to face steep funding shortfalls. The organization's 2009 study found that in many cases, state budgets were cut only after it was known that the stimulus included money for education.
Virginia Assembly: school bus DUI a misdemeanor
February 23, 2010
A bill awaiting the governor's signature makes the consumption of any amount of alcohol before driving a school bus a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
Transfinder to host client conference
February 22, 2010
Event in July will provide the company’s pupil transportation software users with an opportunity to attend classroom and computer lab sessions, receive routing software certification and network with colleagues from around the country.
School bus passenger protection off ‘Most Wanted’ list
February 19, 2010
NTSB removes the issue from its recommended transportation safety improvements, citing NHTSA’s final rule that increased school bus seat-back height and established specs for voluntarily installed seat belts.
Tags: FMCSA, NHTSA, NTSB
ASBC urges support for school bus education campaign
February 19, 2010
The council calls on its members, industry officials and others to ask their congressperson to sign a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The letter outlines the benefits of utilizing school buses and asks LaHood to dedicate agency funding for a public awareness campaign that promotes school bus transportation.
New Peggy Burns DVD covers law and compliance
February 18, 2010
The 56-minute video is especially designed for transportation supervisors and others who administer, coordinate, train or deliver transportation-related services to students. Attendees at the Transporting Students with Disabilities conference in Orlando will receive a free copy of the DVD.
STA offers 'stimulus plan' to school districts
February 17, 2010
The contractor has designated $100 million to help district-owned pupil transportation operations convert to privatized service with the aim of reducing costs so that more money can be spent on education. STA says it will replace older buses, hire local and existing bus drivers, and purchase equipment and supplies from local merchants.
In Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools and other mid-Atlantic districts, community members worked to clear walkways and bus stops so schools could reopen this week.
Volunteers clear paths to schools, bus stops
February 16, 2010
After last week’s historic snowfalls in the mid-Atlantic region, community members grabbed their shovels and pitched in to help schools reopen this week. Many are delaying start times to increase student safety.
Tags: winter
Conn. lawmakers take up second school bus safety bill
February 16, 2010
The bill would require that a phone number for reporting unsafe driving be painted on all sides of a school bus. The first school bus safety bill raised during this session, which began Feb. 3, would require the installation of seat belts on school buses.
School district bus drivers could get higher retirement pay
February 16, 2010
New legislation would increase Georgia school system retirees’ monthly payments to $16 (up from $15) multiplied by the number of their years of creditable service. The benefit would apply to those employees who have already retired as well as to future retirees.
Bus driver saves woman from burning house
February 16, 2010
After seeing the house while on a morning route, Jeremy Moses secured his bus and then helped the woman through a window on the side of the house just as the roof started to collapse.
Photo by Richard Solano of Gorman Enterprises
‘Snowmaggeddon’ closes schools, sidelines buses
February 12, 2010
Recording-breaking snowfall in the mid-Atlantic region halted school bus operations this week, but there’s much work to be done for schools to resume next week.
Veteran bus driver to retire
February 11, 2010
Nancie Klein, an 80-year-old school bus driver who has worked for an Illinois district since 1971, will hang up her keys this week. Klein began her career on a dare and has transported generations of students.
Espar heaters earn EPA validation
February 11, 2010
EPA requested that manufacturers of fuel-operated heaters apply for validation of their products specifically for school bus applications. The new validation covers Espar heaters that were previously validated for Class 8 trucks.
States weigh cell phone bans
February 9, 2010
Nebraska and Massachusetts both have bills in the works to ban school bus drivers’ use of cell phones and other wireless devices while the bus is in motion.
DOT proposes changes to drug and alcohol testing regulations
February 9, 2010
The agency has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would align its regulated industry drug testing with the Department of Health and Human Services’ laboratory drug testing requirements. Proposed amendments include lowering cutoff levels for cocaine and amphetamines and conducting mandatory initial testing for heroin.

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