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Sales in the North American school bus market have increased for the past three years in a row.
School bus sales up 4% in 2014
December 10, 2014
Total school bus sales rose to 37,663 units. Sales in the North American market have increased for the past three years in a row.
Cloud-based application offers bus management tools
December 10, 2014
The Sunray program includes transportation-related features, such as bus stop and student management, bus mapping, routing and optimization.
Free webinar to discuss CNG benefits
December 10, 2014
On Jan. 29, Collins Bus and Westport will discuss key considerations for adopting compressed natural gas (CNG) buses. They will also share details on the new NEXBUS Type A CNG Collins bus.
Driver refuses drug test after minor accident, loses job
December 9, 2014
Stewart County Schools in Dover, Tennessee, terminated Bruce Siders’ employment after he said he refused the screening, required by school board policy following any bus accident. No one was injured and there was no indication Siders was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident, officials say.
STA to expand service to Missouri
December 9, 2014
The contractor will provide Columbia Public Schools with 212 new school vehicles. The contract marks the company's first operations in the state.
Humble ISD school bus drivers Nicole Pennetta (left) and Karen Ferris were key players in the district’s Christmas parade entry.
Festive school bus wins award in Christmas parade
December 9, 2014
Humble (Texas) Independent School District adorned a bus with Christmas lights, reindeer antlers and other decorations for a local parade, and the team took home a top honor.
Blue Bird offers electronic stability control system
December 8, 2014
The Bendix Electronic Stability Program is now available as an option on Blue Bird’s All American and Vision buses.
Kristina Behrman of Davenport, Florida, got students to evacuate her bus just before it burst into flames. Photo from WTSP video, taken by a 10 News viewer.
Driver rescues nearly 40 children from burning bus
December 8, 2014
Kristina Behrman of Davenport, Florida, called 911 when she saw smoke coming from the back of the bus as she was driving students to school. She got the students to evacuate the bus just before it burst into flames.
School bus crossing light allowed in Nevada
December 5, 2014
Nevada becomes the sixth state to allow Gardian Angel, which uses a white flood light to illuminate the path for students to cross the street.
Dad boards school bus, delivers atheistic message
December 4, 2014
The man’s daughter had reportedly said on the bus that “there is no God,” and the next day, the dad got on board and gave a similar message.
Tags: Missouri
PulseTech's SC-6 is a six-station HD recovery charger designed to recover, charge, maintain and desulfate from one to six 12-volt lead-acid batteries at a time.
PulseTech unveils battery recovery charger
December 4, 2014
The SC-6 is designed to recover, charge, maintain and desulfate from one to six 12-volt lead-acid batteries at a time.
Tags: batteries
Maryland county urges higher stop-arm running fines
December 4, 2014
Under state law, the maximum penalty allowed is $250 per offense, but Maryland’s district court set the fine at $125 as an incentive for violators to pay it instead of challenging the ticket. County officials will ask the Maryland General Assembly to increase the maximum fine to $500, in an attempt to move the actual fine to $250.
The YOLO Walk Safe campaign includes posters with stark messages about the dangers of “distracted walking.”
Program promotes student pedestrian safety
December 4, 2014
The YOLO (“you only live once”) Walk Safe campaign alerts high school students of the dangers of “distracted walking” caused by texting and other activities.
Crash between 2 school buses kills bus aide, 2 students
December 4, 2014
The Knoxville (Tenn.) School District buses were traveling in opposite directions when one made a sharp left turn, crossed over a median, and struck the side of the other bus, which flipped onto its side. Two children and the aide were pronounced dead at the scene.
A major update to Ownersite’s vehicle maintenance management software solution includes a new interface and additional functionality.
Ownersite enhances fleet maintenance software
December 4, 2014
The update includes added functionality, such as manufacturer-recommended service intervals, vehicle archiving, management dashboards and mobile-friendly design.
A one-day survey earlier this year counted 3,153 stop-arm violations in North Carolina. (Pictured is a demonstration by state police during a past Operation Stop Arm campaign.)
Task force backs stop-arm cameras on North Carolina buses
December 3, 2014
The state attorney general wants to equip all public school buses in North Carolina with cameras to catch stop-arm violators, and his goal is gaining support.
Parking ordinance proposed by school bus driver sparks debate
December 2, 2014
Attleboro, Massachusetts, city councilor and school bus driver Heather Porreca proposed the ordinance on behalf of her colleagues to allow school bus drivers to park their buses at their homes between shifts. Opponents say it would give one group special privilege and that buses don’t belong in residential areas.
First Observer focuses on enhancing security across highway surface transportation modes, including school buses.
TSA re-launches First Observer security training
December 2, 2014
The training initiative to enhance security across highway surface transportation modes, including school buses, has been “re-tooled” and is back online.
Bus monitor accused of taping student’s mouth shut
December 2, 2014
The autistic student’s brother said the monitor, who worked for the Austin (Texas) Independent School District, did it because “he repeats a lot of stuff.” District police are investigating the alleged incident.
NHTSA investigates Graco’s handling of child seat recall
December 2, 2014
The agency aims to determine whether Graco failed to report a safety defect in a timely manner. The manufacturer eventually recalled more than 6 million defective car seats.

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