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School bus crossing light approved in 4th state
November 4, 2014
Gardian Angel, which uses a white flood light to illuminate the path for students to cross the street, gets the OK for use on school buses in Vermont.
Boy on way to bus stop escapes abduction attempt
November 3, 2014
The 8-year-old tells police that a man got out of his car and pointed a gun at him, while a woman told him to get in the car.
Bend-La Pine Schools has 53 propane buses and two separate propane fueling stations, each with a 2,000-gallon tank.
Oregon fleet sees success with propane in cold weather
November 3, 2014
Bend-La Pine Schools has replaced aging diesel buses with 53 propane Type C school buses, which officials say average 95% reliability.
Student helps save bus driver during emergency
November 3, 2014
Terence Reid Jr., an 8-year-old student in North Carolina, notices the driver isn’t able to move, calls on the radio for help and directs EMTs to their location. He is being recognized with an Outstanding Citizen award.
Batteries stolen from special-needs buses
November 3, 2014
Suspects stole 32 batteries from 16 Victor Elementary School District special-needs buses in Victorville, California. The theft cost the district approximately $3,500 and each battery is valued at about $110.
Updated report on sharing medical info with school transporters
November 3, 2014
Peggy Burns updates her “Sharing Student Health and Medical Information with School Transporters” report for NASDPTS.
District awards Medicaid claiming contract to Accelify
October 31, 2014
The company’s contract with Alexandria (Va.) City Public Schools includes a system that matches transportation services to billable direct health services to produce valid transportation Medicaid claims.
Special-needs student hospitalized after falling from moving bus
October 31, 2014
New York student A.J. Pediford, 12, opened the emergency door on a school bus, then fell or jumped to the ground and suffered a serious head injury.
Maine district replaces 31 diesel buses with propane
October 30, 2014
Sanford School Department switched to Blue Bird Propane Vision buses because of a short return on investment, ease of fueling, low infrastructure cost and reduced emissions compared to diesel fuel, officials say.
In his new role, Dave Anderson is responsible for all sales activities in HSM’s school bus market.
HSM names national market manager for school bus
October 30, 2014
Dave Anderson is responsible for all sales activities in HSM’s school bus market, which includes school bus seats and seat pads.
A media campaign that started in North Carolina is helping to raise awareness of the dangers of stop-arm running. Photo by Lois Cordes
#Brake4Buses safety campaign reaches national audience
October 30, 2014
A media campaign that started in North Carolina is helping to raise awareness of the dangers of stop-arm running.
A national survey found that in the 2013-14 school year, six children were killed by passing vehicles, and four were fatally struck by their own bus. Photo by Barry Johnson
10 killed in school bus danger zone last school year
October 29, 2014
The latest national survey of school bus loading and unloading fatalities finds that in the 2013-14 school year, six children were killed by passing vehicles, and four were fatally struck by their own bus.
For the second year in a row, Espar received the GM Supplier Quality Excellence award, shown here.
Daimler, GM honor Espar for supplier quality
October 29, 2014
Espar Heater Systems receives the Daimler 2013 Masters of Quality award and the GM 2014 Supplier Quality Excellence award in recognition of its quality excellence, on-time delivery, added value and customer service.
Maintenance shops are turning to heavy duty lift systems that are engineered to be water resistant, such as the Stertil-Koni Wash Bay model of its SKYLIFT series, shown here. It is a vertical rise platform lift with a clear floor concept.
Stertil-Koni: Green engines spur need for water resistant lifts
October 29, 2014
Maintenance shops are increasingly turning to heavy duty lift systems that are engineered to be water resistant, allowing technicians to pressure wash commercial vehicle undercarriages, according to Stertil-Koni.
Blue Bird’s workforce is now over 1,600 employees, who hail from more than 45 Georgia counties.
Blue Bird employment up 44% in 4 years
October 28, 2014
The school bus manufacturer’s growth in all vehicle segments has led to an increase in its workforce, which is now over 1,600 employees.
District asks voters to fund school bus replacement
October 28, 2014
Arlington (Wash.) Public Schools leaders are looking for support for a two-year levy on the Nov. 4 general election ballot expected to generate $1.5 million each year to replace old school buses. Nearly half the district’s fleet is at least 13 years old and fully depreciated.
New York association survey finds 385 illegal passes in 1 day
October 28, 2014
The New York Association for Pupil Transportation surveyed 1,080 school bus drivers from 18 school districts across the state on Oct. 21. The results suggest that more than 17,824 motorists passed stopped school buses statewide on that day.
Texas district unveils bus tracking website
October 27, 2014
Houston Independent School District created the pilot website to enable parents and guardians to track the morning pickup and afternoon drop-off of their students and see their students’ buses in real time.
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“Can You See Me” arms can be placed around buses to encourage drivers to look closely for, as an example, a child picking up a dropped item.
Prop arms help train drivers to check mirrors thoroughly
October 27, 2014
The prop arms can be placed around school buses to encourage drivers to look closely for, as an example, a child bending down to pick up a dropped item.
NSTA announces safety competition scholarship winners
October 27, 2014
The 2014 School Bus Driver International Safety Competition was held in Charleston, South Carolina, on July 20. The association awarded five winners funds for continuing educational opportunities.
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