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Blue Bird presents at Propane Engine Fuel Summit
March 17, 2010
Company officials spoke to attendees about the Propane-Powered Vision Type C school and activity bus, noting that the 77-passenger unit meets and exceeds all federal and Canadian motor vehicle safety standards and yields lower fuel, maintenance and operating costs.
Footage from an onboard recorder shows a school bus turning into the path of an oncoming car. The bus driver was charged with homicide by vehicle in the crash, which killed the passenger of the car and injured others.
Bus driver in fatal crash charged with vehicular homicide
March 16, 2010
District attorney says Pennsylvania school bus driver was driving “in an extremely reckless manner” when his bus struck a car, killing the passenger. The driver was also reportedly responsible for a non-bus related fatal crash in 1999. Watch footage from the February incident here.
Conn. seat belt bill moves forward
March 16, 2010
Bill requiring lap-shoulder belts on all buses manufactured after January 2012 has been approved by the legislature's Transportation Committee, and now moves to both houses for a vote.
IC Bus in search of Canada’s Greenest School
March 16, 2010
Students are encouraged to convey their visions for how they would make their schools more environmentally friendly. The school of the winning entrant will receive a hybrid school bus from the manufacturer and a “green” audit.
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New software assists with fleet maintenance management
March 16, 2010
Transfinder’s browser-based solution, Servicefinder, includes features and tools to help pupil transportation personnel track parts and inventory, schedule preventive maintenance and work orders, and monitor fuel consumption.
Durham fleet achieves 100-percent inspection rating
March 15, 2010
Durham School Services operates 99 routes for Tacoma (Wash.) Public Schools and also provides maintenance services for the 70 district-owned buses used for special-education routes.
Georgia team wins national special-needs roadeo
March 12, 2010
David O’Keeffe and Jacquelyn Turner of Clayton County Public Schools placed first during the 13th National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo. Tammy Roberson and Tammy Labaro of Moravia (N.Y.) Central School District placed second, and Tyrone Pickney and Thomas Orr of Jasper County Schools in Ridgeland, S.C., placed third.
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The number of overall traffic fatalities reported at the end of 2009 was the lowest since 1954. Photo credit: www.flickr.com/photos/mattblaze / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Traffic fatalities hit record low in ’09
March 12, 2010
According to early projections from the U.S. DOT, last year's fatality rate, which takes into account the number of miles traveled, reached the lowest level ever recorded. Still, officials say more must be done to reduce distracted and impaired driving.
Thomas Built offers heated driver’s seat
March 11, 2010
The new feature is an option on the manufacturer’s Type C and D buses. A built-in thermostat lets drivers choose their ideal level of warmth, and two carbon fiber heating strips evenly distribute the heat.
District uses cameras to combat illegal bus passing
March 10, 2010
An Arkansas school district has equipped buses with a 247Security system that includes an exterior camera to catch drivers who illegally pass.
New tool analyzes transportation data for school districts
March 10, 2010
The transportation model for Tyler Technologies’ District Pulse collects data from the company’s Versatrans applications, compiles it and publishes key metrics on a district’s intranet.
In a news conference on Monday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano discussed the nomination of Robert Harding to be head of the Transportation Security Administration.
Intelligence expert tabbed as TSA chief
March 9, 2010
Robert Harding, a former Army intelligence official, will head the Transportation Security Administration if confirmed by the Senate. In other news, the agency’s long-awaited school bus security assessment has reportedly been sent to Congress.
David Duke (right) will join National Express Corp. as CEO in June 2011. In the interim, John Elliott will assume the role of CEO of the company, which operates as Durham School Services in the U.S. and Stock Transportation in Canada.
National Express names new leadership
March 9, 2010
David Duke will join the organization as chief executive officer in June 2011. In the interim, John Elliott will assume the role of CEO of National Express Corp., which operates as Durham School Services in the U.S. and Stock Transportation in Canada.
Navistar unveils e-commerce Website
March 8, 2010
The site offers hundreds of bus and truck parts from the company’s PARTSMART line. Orders placed through the site will be filled by International and IC Bus dealers.
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A bill being considered by the Florida Legislature would extend to three miles the school bus eligibility threshold for middle and high school students. Photo credit:  www.flickr.com/photos/shugyou / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Bill would increase walking distance, allow ads
March 5, 2010
The legislation being considered in Florida would extend to three miles the school bus eligibility threshold for middle and high school students. It would also let districts place ads on the outside of buses.
Operation 'stuffs' a bus for Haitian earthquake victims
March 5, 2010
With the help of the community, the transportation staff at a North Carolina school system gathered a school bus full of supplies last month to help those in need and shipped it overseas. The items will be distributed by a mission group and the bus will be used to transport teachers to and from schools.
U.K. schools try on-board entertainment to combat bullying
March 5, 2010
The Denbighshire County Council in North Wales hopes to combat bullying and reduce noise and distractions for the bus driver.
District considers piloting new GPS, student tracking technology
March 5, 2010
Along with tracking equipment, a system by Volpe Industries Inc. includes cameras and a mini computer. A Massachusetts district may test the system, which has the ability to monitor buses, provide a view of the interior of buses, record all activity on board, track students with facial recognition and provide profile information for bus drivers.
Blue Bird to offer school bus technician training
March 4, 2010
Workshops held in April, May and July will provide information on the chassis and body of the manufacturer’s All American and Vision models. The sessions will include a tour of the Blue Bird plant.
SBF calls for Driver Management Survey participants
March 3, 2010
School bus drivers in U.S. and Canada are encouraged to respond; deadline is March 9.

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