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NTSB: Distracted driving led to fatal Arizona bus crash
June 22, 2010
NTSB's investigation results in recommendations to NHTSA regarding bus safety. School buses would be exempt from recommended rulemaking on occupant protection, roof strength and window glazing.
Texas district tests onboard video to cut discipline problems
June 22, 2010
Students are able to watch educational programming supplied by the Discovery network and History Channel during the bus ride. The system has been available to districts for three months.
New York restores funding for student farecards on MTA
June 22, 2010
The MTA Schoolfare Program had been slated for elimination in September. More than 500,000 New York City students use the public transportation program to get to school.
FMCSA issues charges against illegal operator
June 21, 2010
FMCSA charged bus operator Cayetano Martinez with 78 violations of 13 separate motor carrier safety regulations. The agency's claim identifies the four separate company names Martinez allegedly used to illegally operate and evade previous orders from FMCSA.
Winner named, theme chosen in conference contest
June 21, 2010
The Transporting Students With Disabilities & Preschoolers event next year will carry the theme “Show Me!” — which fits its Missouri location and its focus on practical and hands-on training.
Publications provide information on diesel retrofit equipment
June 18, 2010
Technical bulletins with facts about diesel oxidation catalysts and diesel particulate filters, as well as installation, operation and maintenance tips, are available on the National Clean Diesel Campaign section of the EPA Website.
Tags: emissions, EPA
Share your safety tips
June 17, 2010
SBF wants your contributions for a forthcoming article on ways to enhance safety at school bus operations. We’ll cover a wide range of areas, including on the bus, during loading/unloading, in the bus lot and in the garage.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a letter to members of Congress that NHTSA will create educational materials “highlighting the benefits of school buses and promoting their use.”
Feds to promote school bus use
June 17, 2010
The news comes in response to the pupil transportation industry’s campaign for a federally-funded program touting the benefits of school buses. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood tells members of Congress that NHTSA will begin creating educational materials next year.
NAPT calls for Heroism Award nominations
June 17, 2010
For a person to be considered as a recipient, he or she must be a pupil transportation professional who performed a life-saving act, or the action must directly affect a pupil transportation program. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 1.
Tags: NAPT
Transportation department develops safety programs
June 17, 2010
Bus drivers will be able to reward students for participating in the "Meet Me at the Bus Stop" and "My Brother's Keeper" programs, both of which are designed to improve school bus safety. The developments come after an accident in which a kindergartner was struck and killed by a passing motorist.
Illinois district to reconsider bus pass fees
June 17, 2010
A high volume of complaints from parents has led the school board to reconsider its policy, which would have saved $85,000.
Perley Thomas opened Perley A. Thomas Car Works in 1916. The company manufactured streetcars until 1936, when it began producing school buses. Perley served as a design consultant for the company, now known as Thomas Built Buses, until his death in 1958.
Thomas Built Buses founder to be honored
June 16, 2010
On Friday, Perley A. Thomas will be inducted into the North America Railway Hall of Fame. Thomas opened a streetcar manufacturing company, Perley A. Thomas Car Works, in 1916, which began manufacturing school buses 20 years later.
First Student wins Ohio, Michigan contracts
June 16, 2010
Under a three-year agreement, the contractor will serve Columbus City Schools beginning July 1, operating more than 270 of the district’s routes. The company’s three-year contract with Oak Park Schools will begin with the 2010-11 school year. It will provide regular and special-education busing for students.
BusConduct celebrates 10 years of bus safety
June 15, 2010
Since 2000, the Web-based application has been used to help discipline over 78,000 students nationwide, resulting in increased school bus safety and happier bus drivers, company officials say.
Nominate an outstanding contractor
June 15, 2010
SBF calls for candidates for the annual Contractor of the Year award. Nominees should be people who have made significant contributions to pupil transportation at their own operations as well as through industry associations.
This photo taken of 7-year-old Kyron Horman with his science project on the morning of his disappearance has been circulated in the media, on posters and in missing-person shirts that his family ordered to give out.
Search still on for missing student
June 15, 2010
After 7-year-old Kyron Horman didn’t return home on his school bus as scheduled on June 4, his family called the school, which then called police. Although the boy was at the school that morning for a science fair, staff reported that he wasn’t in his classroom afterward.
Michigan bill would increase illegal passing penalties
June 15, 2010
Introduced in the House this month, the bill would double fines for motorists who pass a stopped school bus. Drivers who cause an injury or death in a school bus zone would receive prison terms.
Zonar donates scholarships to attend NAPT Summit
June 15, 2010
Each of the 10 scholarships will cover the cost of one conference registration. NAPT members are encouraged to apply; if applicants are not current members, Zonar will pay for the cost of membership. Individuals can apply from July 1 through Oct. 1.
Apollo Video to outfit nearly 700 buses with surveillance system
June 14, 2010
The RoadRunner video surveillance system will be installed on the school buses, operated by First Student for Buffalo (N.Y.) Public Schools. The system integrates GPS capabilities, allowing for synchronization with the video. Each bus will also be equipped with cameras and audio recording abilities.
Georgia becomes 28th state to ban texting while driving
June 14, 2010
The anti-texting-while-driving law also forbids cell phone use for young drivers with a provisional license.

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