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School bus crossing light allowed in 4 more states
February 14, 2015
The Gardian Angel safety lighting system is now allowed for use on school buses in Wisconsin, Missouri, Texas and Alaska.
NHTSA has long declined to mandate seat belts on large school buses, but now the agency is convening a panel to examine the issue. Photo courtesy NHTSA
NHTSA panel to revisit school bus seat belt issue
February 13, 2015
The federal agency will convene a group to examine the long-debated topic of seat belts on school buses. A NHTSA spokesman tells SBF that plans for the panel are just getting underway.
SafeStop brings bus, student tracking app to California
February 12, 2015
SafeStop debuted its school bus and student tracking app, SafeStop, with parents of students at Campbell Hall, a school located in North Hollywood. The app is also available in New York, Florida and South Carolina.
NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind connected with the kids at the Love the Bus main event, asking them about school bus rules and their favorite things about riding the bus. Photo courtesy ASBC
NHTSA, EPA officials show ‘Love’ for the school bus
February 12, 2015
Federal dignitaries join elementary students to celebrate the yellow bus and its vital role in education at the American School Bus Council’s main event for Love the Bus.
School bus drivers asked to repay unemployment benefits
February 12, 2015
Indiana school bus drivers had been filing for unemployment benefits in the summer for years, but in 2011, a law change made them ineligible for the benefits. However, they still received payments from the state and are now being asked to pay that money back.
4 students burned on school bus
February 12, 2015
The radiator on the North Carolina bus overheated and spilled hot liquid into the rear compartment where the children were seated. While three were transported to a burn unit for treatment, none of the injuries are considered life-threatening.
5 California districts get $325K for cleaner school buses
February 11, 2015
The funds will be used to replace 13 older diesel buses with new models. The five California districts are among 76 recipients nationwide to be awarded rebates from the EPA.
Thomas Built to hold 2 tech training events in 2015
February 11, 2015
The Thomas Built Institute’s Service Training East will take place in North Carolina in May, and the Service Training West will be held in Nevada in July.
The new TA17 C-5 Transit Style Climate Control System is designed to meet the requirements of 30-foot to 40-foot rear engine school buses, company officials said.
Trans/Air launches 3 new products
February 11, 2015
The supplier unveils a new climate control system and stainless steel skirt mount condenser as well as a new rooftop unit product line.
Newly found footage of historic school bus accident to air
February 10, 2015
Home movie footage of a school bus being pulled out of a Kentucky river following what has been called the worst school bus accident in U.S. history will be shown as part of a film that is a follow-up to the 2009 documentary The Very Worst Thing.
NYAPT is calling on the New York Legislature to ensure full funding for transportation aid, among other recommendations. Pictured is the State Capitol. CC-BY-SA-3.0/Matt H. Wade
NYAPT makes school transportation requests for state budget
February 10, 2015
The New York association calls for full funding for transportation aid, an increase for school bus driver training, and funding for security equipment, among other recommendations.
Driver receives school bus casket as gift
February 10, 2015
Glen Davis, a former longtime bus driver for Grand Meadow (Minn.) Public Schools, received a casket built and painted to resemble a school bus from his friend, the owner of a funeral home, who wanted to pay tribute to his life.
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After participating in Humble ISD's ride-and-drive event, seven of the eight bus attendants, shown here with three driver trainers and one acting supervisor, decided to start training to become school bus drivers.
To lessen shortage, district lets attendants take a test-drive
February 10, 2015
Humble (Texas) Independent School District invited its bus attendants to take part in a ride-and-drive event, allowing them to try driving a school bus in the safety of a large parking lot. Nearly all the attendants who participated have decided to start training to become school bus drivers.
Joe Lightsey has retired from his state director position but has taken on a new role at school bus dealership Transportation South.
Alabama state director Joe Lightsey steps down
February 10, 2015
Lightsey retires from the state position but takes on a new role at school bus dealership Transportation South. Kevin Snowden succeeds Lightsey as state director.
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Driver arrested after striking school bus, fleeing
February 9, 2015
A Colorado man faces numerous charges after a wild ride that included crashing into a school bus, fleeing on foot and entering another driver’s car, authorities say.
Missouri district to get new school bus facility
February 9, 2015
The building will have more than five times the space of the Republic School District’s current facility, with an additional entrance and exit, bigger driver training and bus repair areas, and additional staff parking spots.
IC Bus honors 4 dealers for customer service
February 9, 2015
This year’s winners are Timmons Truck Center of Lousiana; Leonard Bus Sales Inc. in New York; Midwest Transit Equipment in Illinois; and Western Canada IC Bus Inc. in Alberta.
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New York contractors call for sales tax exemption for school buses
February 5, 2015
The move would help taxpayers and school districts save nearly $14 million per year, according to the New York School Bus Contractors Association.
NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind will be among the dignitaries at the American School Bus Council’s Feb. 10 event. Photo courtesy NTSB
New NHTSA chief to speak at Love the Bus event
February 5, 2015
Administrator Mark Rosekind will be among the dignitaries at the American School Bus Council’s Feb. 10 event. He is slated to talk about the safety benefits of school buses.
Bus mechanic charged with stealing $20K from district
February 5, 2015
Anthony Robinson, the lead mechanic for the Teton County (Wyo.) School District’s bus fleet, allegedly used a district credit card to buy parts, then resold them and kept the money. He is facing a felony theft charge.
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