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Lori Robertson, a Petermann driver for Lakota Local Schools, took her first top title in this year's Ohio School Bus Driver Safety Road-E-O.
Ohio school bus driver wins state contest by 1 point
June 2, 2014
Lori Robertson, a Petermann driver for Lakota Local Schools, takes her first top title in the Ohio School Bus Driver Safety Road-E-O. Nearly 50 drivers from around the state competed.
Former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot to speak at NAPT
June 2, 2014
Captain (Ret.) Scott O’Grady will present a keynote speech, sponsored by HSM Transportation Solutions, on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11). He will share his experience in Bosnia and discuss how preparation, teamwork and leadership are keys to professional survival.
Tags: NAPT
The QRT-360 retractor is fully automatic and designed to meet the new WC18 standards, according to Q'Straint.
Q’Straint advises early planning to meet updated wheelchair passenger safety standards
May 30, 2014
The new WC18 standards will take effect December 2015. Q’Straint has developed the QRT-360, the first retractor to comply with the standards, according to the supplier.
First Student earns ASE Blue Seal of Excellence
May 29, 2014
The contractor’s Marlboro, Mass., multi-maintenance shop, which employs five ASE-certified technicians, receives the certification. A company official says its success is attributed to its emphasis on “safety, training and keeping up with current technology trends.”
Under a South Carolina bill, video recorders could be equipped on school buses to capture footage of vehicles passing illegally. Photo by Lois Cordes
Bill would allow cameras for stop-arm enforcement
May 29, 2014
Under the South Carolina legislation, video recorders could be equipped on school buses to document vehicles passing illegally. The bill, which has now passed the state Senate, would also allow footage from the stop-arm cameras to be used as evidence in citing offenders.
Bus driver Joyce Key (shown center) was named Driver of the Year at the fourth annual Bus Drivers Appreciation Banquet. Also shown: Derek Graham, North Carolina DPI state director (left), and Rodney Hardy, Surry County Schools transportation director.
Bus driver honored by North Carolina district
May 29, 2014
Joyce Key was named Driver of the Year at a Bus Drivers Appreciation Banquet last week. Key began driving a school bus 29 years ago and has not had an accident.
Gilroy Unified School District officials, clean-air advocates and other dignitaries gathered at the district's transportation facility to kick off a pilot project for an electric bus.
Converted electric school bus debuts at California district
May 28, 2014
In a new pilot project, Gilroy Unified School District handed over an old diesel school bus and got it back as an electric school bus. In addition to the conversion, the district was supplied with a solar array to help generate electricity to power the bus.
The 43rd Annual New York State School Bus Safety Competition included loading and unloading students, vehicle inspection, turning and stopping, and railroad crossings.  
New York association announces safety competition winners
May 28, 2014
The New York School Bus Contractors Association’s 43rd Annual New York State School Bus Safety Competition was held May 17 in Valley Cottage, N.Y. and had more than 130 drivers, more than ever before. First-place winners included contestants from Suffolk Transportation Service Inc., Clarkstown Central School District and We Transport Inc./Towne Bus Corp.
Durham School Services will take over and operate Shelby County (Tenn.) Schools’ entire fleet and all of its routes. Pictured is a district bus leaving a middle school in 2012.
Tennessee district awards expanded contract to Durham
May 28, 2014
The contractor will provide service to Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tenn., for four more years starting July 1. Durham School Services has served the district in a smaller capacity since 2010, and will now take over and operate its entire fleet and all of its routes.
Joe Leggett comes to Collins from bus mirror supplier Rosco Vision Systems.
Collins Bus Corp. names new director of sales
May 27, 2014
Joe Leggett joins the Type A school bus manufacturer as director of sales, a role in which he will work primarily with Collins Bus distributors in the western regions of the U.S. and Canada. Leggett comes to Collins from bus mirror supplier Rosco Vision Systems.
15 students injured after firecracker goes off in bus
May 27, 2014
One student is seriously hurt and 14 suffer minor injuries on Tuesday after one or two children set off a firecracker on a bus that is taking students to a school in Brooklyn. Emergency crews responded to a report of a smoke condition on the bus just before 7:30 a.m.
Tags: New York
EPA fines school bus operator $33,000 for idling
May 27, 2014
A Massachusetts contractor will pay the penalty and implement idling-reduction measures to settle U.S. EPA allegations that its school buses violated federally enforceable vehicle idling limits. Agency officials say that the company has responded quickly and has already implemented a number of the idling-reduction measures.
Henry Bell, a school bus driver for Roseville (Calif.) Joint Union High School District, receives his award from Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public instruction.
Bus driver honored for role in school success
May 27, 2014
Henry Bell, a school bus driver for Roseville (Calif.) Joint Union High School District’s transportation department, is one of California's six Classified School Employees for 2014. Bell was nominated for maintaining a safe bus, working effectively to resolve issues with students and parents, and for how he builds relationships with students and staff.
Debora L. Sigler, a local Allstate agent, is Parkland School District's first advertiser. Photo courtesy of Nicole Mehta McGalla, Parkland School District
District runs first ad inside school bus
May 27, 2014
Allentown, Pa.-based Parkland School District debuted its first ad for a local Allstate agent. The ad, which discourages texting while driving, will run through October.
Features of Alliance AutoGas’ new T3MR Fleet Fuel Management System include a durable card reader system, data management, real-time communications and an ultra-low-emission fueling nozzle.
New propane fueling system offered for fleets
May 23, 2014
Features of Alliance AutoGas’ new T3MR Fleet Fuel Management System include a durable card reader system, data management, real-time communications and an ultra-low-emission fueling nozzle. Company officials say that the system will provide fleet managers with the ability to better monitor and control fuel inventories in real time.
Seon school bus driver Facebook contest deadline approaches
May 22, 2014
To enter the contest, drivers can visit Seon’s Facebook page, and send a photo and message about how they prevent bullying on the bus and what they love about being a school bus driver. Drivers may apply to the Facebook contest through May 30.
Tags: bullying
Former director of transportation John Clements will serve as an advisor for Motiv on a part-time basis. He’s pictured in the SSTe all-electric school bus developed by Motiv and Trans Tech Bus.
John Clements to serve as advisor for Motiv Power Systems
May 22, 2014
In the part-time role, Clements, who retired last year as director of transportation for California’s Kings Canyon Unified School District, will offer school bus industry advice and general operations knowledge to the company, among other duties. Last year, Motiv partnered with Trans Tech Bus to develop the SSTe all-electric school bus.
A school bus was en route to Washington's Mount St. Helens (pictured) when a student discharged pepper spray. Photo by Christine Chen
Pepper spray on school bus disrupts trip to volcano
May 21, 2014
The bus was en route to Washington's Mount St. Helens. After a student discharged pepper spray, the bus driver began to have trouble breathing but was able to pull over safely "before she became overwhelmed," according to the Washington State Patrol.
Etiwanda School District's pilot transportation program will be discontinued after the last day of school. Pictured is Etiwanda Colony Elementary, one of the schools involved in the program.
California district ends school bus pilot program
May 21, 2014
In March, Etiwanda School District launched a "shared cost model" pilot transportation program for students who live at least 3 miles from school. District officials say that the program "did not generate the interest nor the revenue that was expected," and the board decides to discontinue it after the last day of school.
Deputies to ride buses for increased passenger safety
May 21, 2014
The armed law enforcement officers will ride on Polk County Public Schools buses that transport students to two alternative high schools in Florida after two students were caught on video allegedly punching another student. The temporary measure will be in place until the end of the school year, with the hope for a new safety plan in place for the fall, officials say.

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