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Police: School bus driver in fatal crash was texting
June 5, 2015
Investigators find that school bus driver James Davenport was distracted by texting during the time leading up to the Dec. 2 crash that killed three. Davenport died on June 1.
The U.S. House voted in support of a provision to stop FMCSA from raising insurance minimums for bus operators. Photo by Martin Falbisoner
Efforts to block FMCSA’s insurance increase continue
June 5, 2015
A provision to stop the federal agency from raising insurance minimums for bus operators has survived several challenges in the House.
District apologizes for calling for school bus driver’s firing
June 4, 2015
Officials from an Alberta school district change their stance after seeing a second video of a school bus incident that shows a student hitting the driver with a bag.
Yvonne Wilson, a bus driver for Jefferson County Public Schools, saved a choking student with a one-handed Heimlich maneuver.
Kentucky school bus driver saves choking student
June 4, 2015
Alerted by students that one of their peers was in distress, Yvonne Wilson performed a one-handed Heimlich maneuver on the girl, dislodging a piece of hard candy from her throat.
State lawmakers are reviewing bills that would strengthen school bus safety, including one that would allow cameras to be installed on buses. Photo by Brevard Public Schools.
Bills would strengthen illegal passing, trespassing penalties
June 4, 2015
State lawmakers are reviewing bills that would make a crime of unauthorized boarding of a bus, increase penalties for passing of a stopped school bus, and that would allow cameras to be installed on school buses.
On the Go Kids Inc. was still able to deliver service the morning after its offices were destroyed by a fire. Shown here are some of the buses from the contractor's fleet. No buses were damaged, since they were parked in a different location.
Pennsylvania school bus contractor bounces back from fire
June 4, 2015
On the Go Kids Inc. quickly recovers after a fire destroys its offices one evening. Employees put a plan in place and continue providing service the following morning.
First Priority will offer sales and service for Trans Tech’s Type A school buses in California and Nevada. Pictured is the Roadstar.
First Priority named Trans Tech dealer for California, Nevada
June 3, 2015
In those two states, First Priority will offer sales and service for Trans Tech’s Type A school buses, including the all-electric eSeries.
Georgia keeps health funding for school bus drivers, at higher cost to districts
June 3, 2015
Gov. Nathan Deal signed the 2016 state budget without his proposed cuts to health insurance benefits for part-time school employees. However, districts will have to increase the share they pay for health insurance for those workers to nearly $103 million.
Patti Hyman is Fairport Central School District’s Pupil Transportation Employee of the Year.
School bus attendant wins district’s annual transportation award
June 3, 2015
Patti Hyman, who has worked for Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District for 10 years, is named Pupil Transportation Employee of the Year.
Driver shortage causing delays up to an hour for district
June 2, 2015
Last week, about 20 bus routes for South Bend (Ind.) Community School Corp. needed to be covered by substitutes or transportation department employees. The district needs to hire at least 30 drivers.
App offers data organizing feature, GPS fleet tracking
June 2, 2015
Sunray users can now create unlimited work areas for data in various areas in their own unique locations in the database. Followmee’s GPS tracking application is also integrated into the app for fleet management.
Penny Fleming of the Transportation Joint Agreement in Crystal Lake, Illinois, has become one of 152 certified directors of pupil transportation in the U.S. and Canada.
Assistant transportation director earns NAPT certification
June 2, 2015
Penny Fleming of the Transportation Joint Agreement in Crystal Lake, Illinois, becomes one of 152 certified directors of pupil transportation in the U.S. and Canada.
Tags: Illinois, NAPT
Nearly 12,000 buses were inspected in the 2015 Missouri school bus inspection program (not pictured).
88% of Missouri school buses pass initial inspection
June 1, 2015
The percentage is up nearly four points from last year’s results in the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s annual school bus inspection program.
The Bus Carriers Federation’s annual “Did You See Me?” campaign includes videos with cartoon characters, posters, activities, a children’s book and a provincial media plan.
Canadian associations merge, continue tradition of education
June 1, 2015
In 2014, two bus transportation organizations in the province of Québec became one entity, creating the Bus Carriers Federation. The merger will help the industry handle possible contracting renewal challenges and continue a critical safety campaign.
Special-needs bus driver, aide, rescue student’s father suffering stroke
June 1, 2015
An Alabama bus driver and aide noticed something was wrong when a special-needs student’s father did not show up at her bus stop. They found him in his home suffering a stroke and got him help in time to save his life.
Special-needs student wanders from school bus
June 1, 2015
In New York, a 6-year old with autism ran from his bus after it stopped at his school. The bus aide tried to catch up with him, and police eventually found him safe more than 30 blocks away.
California special-needs conference rescheduled
May 29, 2015
The state’s two-day Transporting Passengers with Special Needs conference that was scheduled for Nov. 17 and 18 will now be held Dec. 8 and 9.
Broward County Public Schools bus driver Gwendolyn Brinson (right) and attendant Kathy Ritter are recognized by Superintendent Robert Runcie for their vigilance and decisive actions.
School bus duo protects girl from ‘stranger danger’
May 29, 2015
When Gwendolyn Brinson and Kathy Ritter saw that a girl who usually walks home by herself was talking to a man in a truck, they took actions that helped lead to the man’s arrest on a lewd behavior charge.
Bus driver enlists funds to send special-needs student to prom
May 29, 2015
The Virginia driver contacted a news station when she learned that the student’s family couldn’t afford to send her to prom. The station paid for the student’s prom outfit, and a local bank donated a $300 gift card to the driver for her good deed.
Tags: Virginia
4 Texas districts award contracts to Student Transportation Inc.
May 28, 2015
One of the contracts is an initial conversion of 50 buses of a school district's more than 300 school transportation vehicles.

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