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Feds order Utah bus company to cease operations

Deseret Bus Service, which primarily transported children, is halted for repeatedly operating unsafe vehicles and for failing to comply with a federal consent order, FMCSA officials say.

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Former bus driver gets year in jail for student death

Troy Edward Daniels, a former bus driver for Jordan School District in Utah, is sentenced to a year in jail in connection with a student who was hit and killed by another bus after exiting his bus when Daniels failed to activate his red lights and signals or stop arm. He pleaded guilty as charged to class A misdemeanor reckless endangerment and class C misdemeanor failure to signal.

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District defends driver for keeping kids on bus

Salt Lake City Schools and one of its bus drivers face scrutiny from some parents after the driver pulls over on a route because kids are unruly and refuses to let them out. District officials review the bus video and say the driver did everything right, and that the situation escalated because of a parent who showed up with a bat, demanded that his student be let off and threatened the life of the driver.

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District changes safety policies for special-needs students after driver arrest

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.

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Former school bus driver charged in death of student

Troy Edward Daniels, a former Jordan (Utah) School District bus driver, was charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and failure to signal in connection with the death of a student riding his bus, who was struck by another bus as she crossed the street. After Daniels pulled over onto the shoulder to let students off the bus, police said, he allegedly chose not to activate the bus’s red lights and signals or stop sign because he needed to hand out flyers to the students.

Officials for Utah’s Granite School District are calling upon students to create bus advertisements that highlight specific courses or programs available through the district, or they can also be “help wanted” ads for bus drivers.
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District calls for student-designed school bus ads

The ads for Granite School District buses must highlight either a program offered by the district, online courses or a “help wanted” ad for bus drivers. Steven Powell, publications specialist for the Salt Lake City-based district, says officials felt that ads on buses created by students would be a good opportunity to showcase some of the programs available.

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Utah bill would provide $20M for alt-fuel school buses

House Bill 41 would allow the state Board of Education to award a grant to a school district or charter school to replace a school bus manufactured before 2002 with a bus that uses compressed natural gas, propane or clean diesel fuel. The grant could also be used to install an alternative-fuel fueling station and to retrofit an operation’s maintenance facility to service alternative-fuel school buses.

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Bus driver brings cheer to special-needs students as Santa

Rick Waite’s stint as Santa Claus began three years ago when he decided to grow out his beard. He says he sings to the students he transports and listens to their requests for Christmas, but his primary goal is to make sure they leave the bus feeling better than they did when they got on board.

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Victims of deadly 1938 bus-train crash remembered

A monument is unveiled in South Jordan, Utah, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the accident, in which the bus driver and 23 students were killed after the train struck the bus as it crossed railroad tracks. The accident reportedly led to a nationwide law requiring buses to stop at all railroad crossings so the driver can both look and listen for oncoming trains.

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ASBC launches recognition program

Officials say the School Bus Champion Award recognizes individuals and entities who have displayed exceptional support for the advancement of the school bus industry through leadership in safety, access to education, environmental benefits/stewardship and community impact. The EPA and the state of Utah are the first honorees for their work in “greening” school buses.

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Utah governor signs alt-fuel bill

Senate Bill 275, signed by Gov. Gary Herbert last Thursday, establishes a governing body to facilitate conversion of fleets in the state to alternative fuel vehicles, specifically those powered by compressed natural gas. Murrell Martin, pupil transportation specialist at the Utah State Office of Education, tells SBF that he believes the new law will provide a framework for school districts to move toward alternative fuel options for school buses.

During a press conference on a CNG-powered school bus, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert called on everyone to improve the state’s air quality, and he spotlighted Senate Bill 275 as one way to reduce heavy vehicle and fleet emissions.
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Utah bill aims to increase state's CNG-powered vehicles

Senate Bill 275 would establish a governing body to facilitate conversion of fleets in the state to alternative fuel vehicles, specifically those powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). In a press conference on board a CNG-powered school bus, Gov. Gary Herbert calls for everyone to improve the state’s air quality, and he spotlights the bill as one way to reduce heavy vehicle and fleet emissions.

Under new legislation signed by Gov. Gary Herbert on Friday, local school boards and charter school governing boards are permitted to sell advertising space on the exterior sides of school buses.
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Utah governor approves school bus advertising bill

The legislation, which was rejected by the House in January, is brought back under a motion to reconsider it, and an amended version is eventually passed. The bill allows school boards to sell advertising space on the exterior sides of buses.

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