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In 2013, 32,719 people died in traffic crashes, down from 33,782 in 2012. Photo by UpstateNYer
NHTSA: Traffic fatalities dropped 3.1% in 2013
December 31, 2014
Newly released federal data also show a nearly 25% decline in overall highway deaths since 2004.
The most "liked" story on SBF's Facebook page featured photos of school buses decorated for the holidays. Photo by Meredith Bray, transportation specialist at Gus Stavros Institute in Pinellas Park, Florida. 
Top 5 most ‘liked’ stories on SBF’s Facebook in 2014
December 31, 2014
Stories on the holidays and driver heroism were among the most popular this year.
Richard Wolfington Sr. (right) is pictured here with son Richard Jr. and daughter Eganne Wolfington McGowan in 2011. Behind them is a restored 1898 Wolfington Brougham carriage.
Richard Wolfington Sr. led school bus dealership for 50 years
December 30, 2014
Wolfington, who washed buses as a teen and later took the reins of his family’s school bus business, Wolfington Body Co., died on Thursday at age 75.
Fuel and infrastructure tax credits for propane (pictured), natural gas and biodiesel have been retroactively extended through 2014. Photo courtesy Texas Railroad Commission
Alt-fuel tax credits extended
December 30, 2014
Fuel and infrastructure tax credits for propane, natural gas and biodiesel are among tax provisions that have been retroactively extended through 2014.
Rhode Island city may privatize bus monitor service
December 30, 2014
Providence seeks cost estimates for privatizing school bus monitors to save money on a tight budget as it puts a new contract agreement out to bid. The city’s municipal employees’ union plans to oppose any attempts to privatize the service.
A story about this dog biting a girl at a school bus stop was one of the most-viewed news items on the SBF website this year.
Top 5 most-viewed news stories of 2014
December 29, 2014
News stories that attracted the most traffic on Schoolbusfleet.com covered such topics as school bus stop-arm cameras, driver union dues and a bus stop dog attack.
SBF shared images from readers of a particularly harsh winter in a 2014 photo gallery.
Editors' Picks: Photo Galleries of the Year
December 29, 2014
Photo collection picks included images from readers of a particularly harsh winter and cover shots from School Bus Fleet magazine going back to the 1950s.
Alaska law will raise pay for some school bus drivers
December 29, 2014
Voters recently passed a ballot measure increasing the minimum wage by $2 per hour by 2016. Meanwhile, a state law passed in 1989 requires school bus drivers to be paid at least twice the minimum wage, bringing their minimum pay to $19.50 per hour in 2016.
Tags: Alaska, unions
Fleet management solution Azuga partners with Verizon
December 29, 2014
Verizon Wireless will serve as the official wireless network provider for Azuga Fleet, a cloud-based GPS fleet tracking and driver behavior program.
ALI Lift Inspector Certification program candidate inspectors work on their six required light-duty lift inspections at the College of Southern Nevada.
Vehicle lift inspector training certifies 91 candidates
December 29, 2014
Automotive Lift Institute member manufacturers held a training, testing and inspection event in November to offer candidate inspectors who had passed the pre-course exam the opportunity to complete all the other certification requirements.
Matt Scheuler has risen through the ranks since joining Type A bus manufacturer Collins in 2001.
Matt Scheuler named president of Collins Bus Corp.
December 22, 2014
Scheuler, previously VP of sales and marketing, has risen through the ranks since joining the Type A school bus manufacturer in 2001.
Parents rally to support suspended bus driver
December 22, 2014
Parents urged Hoosick Falls (N.Y.) School District school board members to reinstate Leo Surdam after he was suspended for allegedly grabbing two sixth-grade students by the shirt or jacket when he told them to stop bullying a fourth-grade student.
Transfinder offering Santa Claus free routing software access
December 22, 2014
In addition to offering Transfinder’s Routefinder Pro product to determine the most efficient route and navigate around any potential hazards, Transfinder will provide access to its Busfinder product, dubbed Sleighfinder on this occasion, to schedule and plan Santa’s busy travel day.
A piece on post-accident procedures was the most-viewed feature article on Schoolbusfleet.com this year.
Top 4 most-viewed feature articles of 2014
December 22, 2014
Articles that attracted the most traffic on Schoolbusfleet.com this year covered such topics as post-accident procedures, the NAPT Summit and diesel exhaust fluid.
ASV, parent company of Collins Bus, named Kent Tyler vice president of sales and marketing in North America.
Kent Tyler takes on VP role at Allied Specialty Vehicles
December 19, 2014
ASV, the parent company of Collins Bus, promotes Tyler to vice president of sales and marketing in North America for all product lines.
The 16th pupil transportation congress will be held in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo by Dsmspence
New site chosen for Nat’l Congress on School Transportation
December 19, 2014
The 16th pupil transportation congress will be held in Des Moines, Iowa — a new location after more than three decades in Warrensburg, Missouri.
First Student employees collected coats at the company's Cincinnati-area locations for Cincinnati Public Schools students.
First Student, Ohio district partner for coat drive
December 19, 2014
The contractor partnered with Cincinnati Public Schools to hold a coat drive to benefit nearly 150 students in the district. First Student employees collected coats at the company's four Cincinnati-area locations.
Superintendent James Wigo (right), school board President John Hanna (second from right) and other dignitaries took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Rose Tree Media School District's new CNG buses.
Pennsylvania district launches 23 CNG buses
December 18, 2014
Rose Tree Media School District hits the road with 15 new buses and eight retrofitted buses running on compressed natural gas. Superintendent James Wigo discusses the district's efforts to convert its fleet.
After fatal crash, lawmakers mull seat belt requirement
December 18, 2014
Some Tennessee lawmakers are considering a seat belt mandate for new school buses following a recent collision that killed two children and a bus aide. Legislators are reviewing research and looking into the cost.
Project to test electric school bus profitability
December 18, 2014
Companies operating under a grant are retrofitting six school buses with electric batteries to double as mobile generators and test the profitability of selling back the electricity to power companies. The companies also hope to assess potential health benefits.

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