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Registration open for IC Bus’ spring maintenance program
November 30, 2009
IC Bus University training will be held in March in Tulsa, Okla., and will cover such topics as bus electronics and maintenance, brake systems, engines and air conditioning. The session is limited to 60 technicians.
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Thomas Built honors top dealers
November 30, 2009
Matthews Buses Inc. was named the bus manufacturer’s national and northeast region dealer of the year. Thomas dealerships in Nebraska, North Carolina and Alberta won the remaining regional awards.
Mike Martin of NAPT and Charlie Hood of NASDPTS agreed with the NTSB assertion that an event data recorder on the school bus would have provided valuable information on the Huntsville crash.
EXCLUSIVE: Industry officials respond to Huntsville crash report
November 25, 2009
Mike Martin of NAPT and Charlie Hood of NASDPTS discuss the National Transportation Safety Board’s findings on driver seat belt use and its call for event data recorders on buses.
Manatee County Schools Vehicle Maintenance Manager Brian Keisacker came up with the idea for a Stuff the Bus event to be held at local supermarkets.
Stuff the Bus event collects 47,000 lbs. of food
November 24, 2009
The School District of Manatee County (Fla.) partners with supermarket chain to park buses at 15 stores. The county food bank says that items donated to help area families will last through the holidays and all the way to May.
Michigan district wins new bus for a year
November 24, 2009
Hoekstra Transportation offered the use of a brand new Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus as part of a giveaway contest during the Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation's annual fall conference.
Los Angeles district awards GPS contract to Everyday Solutions
November 24, 2009
The transportation solutions technology provider will equip Los Angeles Unified School District vehicles with GPS applications under a three-year deal. Company officials report that benefits to using the system include improvements to student safety and access to information, as well as reduced maintenance costs.
Tags: GPS
FirstGroup exec joins safety group’s board of directors
November 24, 2009
FirstGroup America President and CEO Mike Murray will serve on the National Safety Council’s board of directors through 2010. He will help to guide the organization in its mission and serve as a trustee, assisting with development and fundraising efforts.
STA changes name, may sell shares in U.S.
November 20, 2009
Shareholders approve a resolution to change the school bus contractor's corporate name from Student Transportation of America Ltd. to Student Transportation Inc. Plans to list common shares on a U.S. exchange could go forward by fall of 2010.
NTSB: Bus driver in Huntsville crash was unbelted
November 19, 2009
The National Transportation Safety Board’s long-awaited report on the fatal 2006 crash confirms that the school bus driver was not wearing his seat belt, which allowed him to be thrown from the bus before it plunged 30 feet off of a highway ramp.
Thomas Built redesigns cockpit of Type D unit
November 19, 2009
The manufacturer’s 2010 Saf-T-Liner EF school bus features cockpit improvements to enhance functionality and driver comfort, including optimized driver’s seat placement and grouped switches. The unit also boasts a revamped electrical system.
School bus driver charged with felony neglect in student violence case
November 19, 2009
Students allegedly tormented classmates on the bus for most of the school year; they will be tried on charges of sexual battery, strangulation and intimidation early next year.
Matt Scheuler has been promoted to regional sales manager at Collins Bus Corp., and he will maintain his position as aftermarket parts manager.
Collins names new regional sales manager
November 18, 2009
Matt Scheuler is promoted and will maintain his position as aftermarket parts manager for the Type A bus manufacturer. He will work primarily with distributors in the western regions of the U.S. and Canada.
Rulemaking to require seat belts on motorcoaches coming
November 17, 2009
U.S. DOT unveils action plan to address motorcoach safety issues. Another rulemaking will seek to ban texting and limit the use of cell phones by motorcoach drivers.
District weighs options to reduce fuel costs
November 17, 2009
A Florida district’s finance advisory committee has reportedly asked district officials and students to calculate the cost-savings of running buses with less fuel in their tanks. While the move could improve fuel efficiency, it could also reduce operational efficiency.
Illinois bus drivers must perform child-check inspections
November 17, 2009
Under a new law, school bus drivers statewide are required to conduct end-of-route inspections to ensure that passengers are not left unattended. Failure to do so can result in a driver’s permit being suspended. The law also requires all school buses to be equipped with two-way radios.
NAPT elects new board members
November 13, 2009
Alexandra Robinson of San Diego Unified School District becomes president-elect. The newly created board position for an affiliate member goes to Mike Roscoe of school bus seat and restraint supplier The C.E. White Co.
Tags: NAPT
Blue Bird announces new dealer for Washington
November 13, 2009
Bryson Sales & Service, one of the school bus OEM's oldest dealers, expands its territory to cover the state of Washington, with the exception of five river counties.
Shooting on board Philly school bus possibly result of bullying
November 13, 2009
A 15-year-old student with a .25-caliber handgun may have been retaliating for an earlier incident of bullying, law enforcement sources said. The 17-year-old victim suffered a head wound and was in critical but stable condition last week.
Tags: weapons
Miss. schools to convert buses into ambulances in emergencies
November 13, 2009
AmbuBus conversion kits allow school buses with all seats removed to carry 18 stretchers, medical equipment and a team of at least eight medical personnel.
NHTSA: Not buckling up in bus unlikely to carry over
November 11, 2009
Report says there is little chance of children assuming that if they don’t have to wear a seat belt in a school bus, they don’t have to wear one in a personal vehicle.

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