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QR codes are tracking some school buses in the state of Michigan. Photo via MSP
Michigan school buses use QR codes to improve safety
September 4, 2014
Michigan State Police’s School Bus Inspection Unit is implementing QR code technology to every school bus in the state to monitor safety trends.
The 2014/2015 Heavy Duty Application Guide provides details on all TRICO wiper blade products applicable to school buses and several other types of vehicles.
Trico issues new guide for school bus wiper blades
September 3, 2014
The supplier’s 2014/2015 Heavy Duty Application Guide provides details on all TRICO wiper blade products applicable to school and transit buses, Class A and C RVs, and heavy trucks. The 92-page compilation includes information on all wiper blade, refill, washer pump and wiper arm options.
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Woman who took girl from school bus will not get jail time
September 3, 2014
Marian Moussa, who admitted to taking a 3-year-old girl from a Grand Rapids school bus and driving the child around for three hours before turning her over to police, was found not guilty of kidnapping and was sentenced to a year on probation. A jury member said the prosecution “overcharged” Moussa and they could not find that she intended to kidnap the child.
Dad upset about school bus overcrowding arrested
September 3, 2014
Carlos Davis allegedly blocks a Clayton County (Ga.) Public Schools bus driver from closing the door so she couldn’t finish her route, tying up traffic for 45 minutes, and is charged with disrupting public schools operation. He confronts the driver because some students have to sit on the floor.
How to Help Eliminate Dangers of Traveling to and from School (and Keep Kids Safe) presents the dangers children face getting to and from school, and details some of the successes schools and cities are having with new solutions to change driver behavior, company officials said.
American Traffic Solutions releases school zone safety report
September 3, 2014
How to Help Eliminate Dangers of Traveling to and from School (and Keep Kids Safe) presents the dangers children face getting to and from school, and details some of the successes schools and cities are having with new solutions to change driver behavior and enhance student safety, company officials said.
For school bus contractors, maximizing claims collection after crashes recovers significant costs for repairs and loss-of-use.
The benefits of aggressive claims collection for school bus businesses
September 2, 2014
For school bus contractors, maximizing claims collection after crashes recovers significant costs for repairs and loss-of-use. The extra revenue can help in increasing the client base and can even be put toward accident reduction initiatives.
Hawaii may add back school buses to improve sport event scheduling
September 2, 2014
The Hawaii Department of Education is looking to help improve the scheduling of sporting events after the school bus contract for Oahu was cut, providing 33 fewer buses. School buses first have to get students home from school before they can pick up the teams and take them to their games, forcing high school football games to end close to midnight.
Iowa district launches Wi-Fi on school buses
September 2, 2014
The allowance for onboard wireless Internet access was one of multiple changes to Iowa's school bus specification rules that went into effect on July 16. Cardinal Community School District wasted no time in launching Wi-Fi on its buses.
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Ohio bus driver accused of forcing kids to sit on hot bus
September 2, 2014
The driver resigned after a student said they were forced to sit in a hot bus in 90-plus degree weather with the windows up as punishment for misbehaving. The father of a student wanted to remain anonymous but said his daughter fell ill after her bus ride home.
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Bus driver begins 42nd year behind the wheel
September 2, 2014
What started out as a joke turned into a long, fruitful career for Dorothy Skala, a bus driver for Rosebud-Lott (Texas) Independent School District. Having grown up on a farm, Skala started driving at a young age, and last spring, she was presented with the Bus Driver of the Year award from the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation.
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IC Bus will offer a propane version of its CE Series school bus in time for the 2015-16 school year.
IC Bus to offer propane school bus
September 2, 2014
The propane version of the CE Series school bus will pair a Power Solutions International 8.8-liter propane engine and an Allison 2500 transmission. Deliveries will begin in summer 2015, and buses will go into service for the start of the 2015-16 school year.
Maj. Robert Liberati, commander of the Prince George’s County Police Department’s automated enforcement unit, discusses the county’s new school bus stop-arm camera program.
Maryland county launches stop-arm cameras on 20 buses
August 28, 2014
Prince George’s County Public Schools partnered with the county police department on the new stop-arm camera program, dubbed “Safe Cross.” The district’s head of security says that the bus drivers are “very excited about this program, because they obviously care very deeply for our students, and they don’t want them to be in harm’s way.”
Brian Weisinger, director of transportation for Spring ISD, accepts a donation of glass cleaner and windshield washer fluid from Rain-X.
Rain-X donates visibility products for 2 districts’ buses
August 27, 2014
Spring Independent School District (ISD) in Houston receives glass cleaner and windshield washer fluid from Rain-X for the district’s fleet of 440 school buses and other vehicles. Rain-X will also make a donation to another Houston-area district, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.
Allison’s FuelSense Basic offered on Blue Bird buses
August 27, 2014
The basic level of Allison Transmission’s fuel-savings technology is a standard offering on Blue Bird buses, company officials reaffirm. Also, Blue Bird announces that it will soon offer FuelSense Plus and Max as optional packages.
A Netherlands Reformed Christian School bus stopped to pick up students and was rear-ended by a 2010 Chevy Impala driven by a 16-year-old boy. Damage to the bus was estimated at $5,000.
Iowa school bus rear-ended by teen driver
August 27, 2014
A Netherlands Reformed Christian School bus stops to pick up students Tuesday morning and is rear-ended by a 2010 Chevy Impala driven by a 16-year-old boy. The driver and 15 children on the school bus at the time are unharmed, but the two people in the car have serious injuries, officials say.
STA bought 18 propane autogas school buses, manufactured by Collins Bus Corp. and powered by a liquid propane injection system from CleanFUEL USA. The buses will be used to transport children to and from school on a daily basis and for extracurricular trips.
STA adds 18 propane buses to service Pennsylvania districts
August 27, 2014
The NexBus units, manufactured by Collins Bus Corp. and powered by a liquid propane injection system from CleanFUEL USA, are expected to run 15,000 miles annually. The buses are being delivered to Hempfield School District and East Penn School District.
District changes safety policies for special-needs students after driver arrest
August 26, 2014
Canyons School District in Sandy, Utah, will no longer allow bus drivers to buckle and unbuckle seat belts and restraints after a former bus driver was charged with allegedly molesting two special-needs students. The district will also randomly select buses and review security video daily, as opposed to only when concerns are raised.
“As a concerned dad and acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, I had checked the numbers,” David Friedman wrote. “School buses are the safest way to get to school.”
NHTSA official blogs on son’s first school bus ride
August 26, 2014
David Friedman, acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, describes feeling “powerless” as his son stepped aboard a yellow bus for the first time. But, Friedman writes, he had checked the numbers: “School buses are the safest way to get to school, even safer than in the family car.”
District scrambles to staff bus routes after driver no-shows
August 26, 2014
About a dozen Boston Public Schools bus routes were unstaffed Monday morning, leaving 400 students stranded. The bus contractor dispatched supervisors to drive buses Tuesday morning, “due to a continued shortage of union drivers willing to work,” but was able to cover all routes. The no-shows are related to a labor dispute that led to a strike last October.
Lenny Bernstein’s Aug. 25 retirement caps a pupil transportation career that stretches back to 1984.
Past NAPT President Lenny Bernstein retires
August 25, 2014
After nearly 20 years at North Rockland Central School District, Bernstein has stepped down from his role as the New York district’s coordinator of transportation and emergency management. Beyond his district positions, Bernstein served terms as president of NAPT and the New York Association for Pupil Transportation.
Tags: NAPT, New York

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