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SEFAC's new 18 Type vehicle lift features more user-friendly controls and enhanced fault finding, company officials said.
SEFAC unveils new mobile lift
October 16, 2014
The 18 Type features more user-friendly controls and enhanced fault finding, company officials said. All of SEFAC’s lifts are now manufactured in its Baltimore headquarters.
Toddler fatally struck by school bus
October 14, 2014
After dropping off students, a school bus in Danville, Virginia, struck a 20-month-old boy who had made his way in front of the bus while it was stopped.
School bus drivers take students to shelter during tornado
October 14, 2014
Many of Harrison County (Ky.) Schools' buses were in a tornado warning area, and the bus drivers safely took students inside nearby buildings.
Matthew Godlewski takes the helm of Natural Gas Vehicles for America at a time when the use of natural gas in transportation is seeing exponential growth, officials say.
NGVAmerica names new president
October 14, 2014
Matthew Godlewski takes the helm of Natural Gas Vehicles for America at a time when the use of natural gas in transportation is seeing exponential growth, officials say.
Some school districts’ propane bus fleets save nearly 50% on a cost-per-mile basis for fuel and maintenance relative to diesel, a U.S. Department of Energy case study found.
Study: Propane buses can cut fuel, maintenance costs in half
October 13, 2014
Some school districts’ propane bus fleets save nearly 50% on a cost-per-mile basis for fuel and maintenance relative to diesel, a U.S. Department of Energy case study finds.
Teen arrested for showing gun to bus full of students
October 13, 2014
Students on a Kenton County (Ky.) School District bus alerted their driver to what they believed was a gun being pointed at the bus by a teenager, although the weapon was later discovered to be a BB gun. The driver shut the door, drove away and called police.
GPS tracking gives instant and reliable data. An RFID scanner at the door of the bus immediately tags anyone who gets on or off the bus.
5 myths about student tracking, dispelled
October 13, 2014
School districts are finding that student GPS tracking has many benefits, but it has also become controversial. Here are five myths about student tracking and the reasons they are inaccurate.
Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a proclamation that designates Oct. 20-24 as “School Bus Safety Week in Iowa.”
Iowa governor proclaims School Bus Safety Week
October 9, 2014
Gov. Terry Branstad signs a proclamation that designates Oct. 20-24 as “School Bus Safety Week in Iowa.” The event will coincide with National School Bus Safety Week.
Tags: Iowa
Michael Dallessandro recently became the new transportation director at Greece (N.Y.) Central School District.
Veteran New York transportation director moves to new district
October 8, 2014
Michael Dallessandro was recently named transportation director at Greece Central School District, which operates more than 200 route buses and transports 11,500 students daily. Dallessandro has worked in pupil transportation for more than 25 years.
Tags: New York
Two suspects stole an Anne-Arundel County (Md.) special-needs school bus, (pictured here), crashed it, broke the windows and attempted to set it on fire. 
2 arrested for stealing special-needs school bus
October 8, 2014
The suspects allegedly stole the bus from a lot in Crownsville, Maryland, struck a tower with it, broke the windows, crashed it in the woods, and attempted to set it on fire before abandoning it. The suspects were apparently under the influence of alcohol and were looking for change to buy cigarettes, police say.
National Express appoints new CEO to transit division
October 8, 2014
In his new role as divisional CEO of National Express Transit Corp., Gary Waits is responsible for providing vision and leadership, continuing the expansion of the transit division. Waits most recently served as chief operating officer of National Express Corp.'s Eastern U.S. student transportation division.
District cracks down on parents boarding buses
October 8, 2014
After a parent entered a school bus without the driver’s permission, the superintendent of Manalapan-Englishtown (N.J.) Regional School District told parents in a letter that future incidents will prompt an incident report to the police, an investigation into whether charges should be filed, and revocation of bus privileges for all children of the parent for the remainder of the year.
Zonar’s 2020 mobile tablet (pictured) will offer GreenRoad’s real-time driver feedback and driver behavior monitoring application (not pictured).
GreenRoad driver feedback app offered on Zonar tablet
October 7, 2014
The fleet telematics providers complete an agreement to offer GreenRoad’s real-time driver feedback and driver behavior monitoring application on Zonar’s 2020 mobile tablet. In other news, Zonar installs its 300,000th telematics unit.
Thomas Built parent company DTNA to offer new Detroit engines
October 7, 2014
The new Detroit DD5 and DD8 engines will be offered throughout Daimler Trucks North America’s product portfolio, which includes Thomas Built Buses. More details about the engines’ impact on Thomas Built are expected to be announced later this year.
Durham School Services donated 10 buses and drivers to transport participants of the Special Olympics of Illinois’ annual Torch Run Plane Pull.
Durham donates services to Special Olympics event
October 7, 2014
The contractor donated 10 buses and drivers to transport participants of the Special Olympics of Illinois’ annual Torch Run Plane Pull. Teams from local law enforcement agencies and the general public participated in a tug-of-war challenge on Saturday against an Airbus A300 aircraft weighing more than 180,000 pounds.
Woman arrested for following school bus
October 7, 2014
Scarlotte Freeman was allegedly following the bus for no apparent reason just yards away from Henry F. Moss Middle School in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The bus driver immediately notified staff in the bus garage, who contacted school personnel, who worked with the police department. Police charged Freeman with disorderly conduct and harassment and spoke to four children who said Freeman tried to lure them into her vehicle.
Tags: Kentucky
School Bus Safety Co. offers new leadership course
October 6, 2014
The “Safety Leadership for School Bus Operations” training program has six units, providing five hours of instruction, followed by a 60-question final exam. Elements of the course will be integrated into NAPT’s Professional Development Series.
Seon kicks off part 2 of anti-bullying Coloring Contest
October 6, 2014
The winning student design from part one comes from Jazmine of Wheatfield Elementary in Indiana. Jazmine's drawing is being used as part two of the 2014 Coloring Contest, in which all school-aged children are encouraged to submit their completed coloring sheets by Oct. 31 to win one of three prize packages.
Tags: bullying
Don Carnahan, who died suddenly on Friday, was serving his second term as president of NAPT.
Pupil transportation leader Don Carnahan backed collaboration, technology
October 6, 2014
Carnahan, who died suddenly on Friday, was serving his second term as president of the National Association for Pupil Transportation. The industry veteran had diverse experience, as a state director of pupil transportation, a director for school bus contractor Laidlaw, and most recently as a vice president for fleet management solutions supplier Zonar.
Case of bus aide accused of slapping boy with autism to go to trial
October 5, 2014
A judge denied a request for a description of injuries sustained by the alleged victim of James Lambert, a former Pasco County (Fla.) School District bus aide charged with two counts of felony child abuse for slapping a boy with autism. The judge told Lambert’s attorney the question of whether the slaps amount to felony child abuse should be decided by the jury.

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