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Categories: Management, Safety
NHTSA Administrator Nominee Narrowly Clears Senate Committee

Heidi King, President Trump’s pick to lead NHTSA, moves closer to confirmation. She is currently the agency’s deputy administrator.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041109/nhtsa-administrator-nominee-narrowly-clears-senate-committee
Categories: Safety
Industry Responds to NTSB Crash Findings, Recommendations

Operators and associations offer a range of reactions to Tuesday’s school bus meeting of the National Transportation Safety Board.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041166/industry-responds-to-ntsb-crash-findings-recommendations
Categories: Management, Safety
NTSB Cites Driver Oversight Issues in 2 Fatal School Bus Crashes

After investigating the 2016 crashes in Baltimore and Chattanooga, NTSB recommends improvements in school bus driver oversight and calls on states to...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041170/ntsb-cites-driver-oversight-issues-in-2-fatal-school-bus-crashes
Categories: Management, Safety

President Trump picks Jennifer Homendy, currently a Democratic staff director for a House subcommittee, to join the board of the investigative agency.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041228/new-member-nominated-for-national-transportation-safety-board
Categories: Management, Safety

Heidi King currently serves as deputy administrator of the safety agency, which has been without a top official since Mark Rosekind’s departure in...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041253/trump-to-nominate-new-administrator-for-nhtsa
Categories: Management, Safety
Virginia District Adds 3-Point Belts to New School Buses

Although the state doesn’t require them, Henrico County has begun equipping its new buses with lap-shoulder restraints. Director Josh Davis share...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041259/virginia-district-adds-3-point-belts-to-new-school-buses
Is the School Bus Warning Light System Clear Enough?

A petitioner asked NHTSA to make changes to the way warning lights are displayed when school buses are stopping to load or unload passengers.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003373/is-the-school-bus-warning-light-system-clear-enough
Struck-by-Bus Fatalities Are a Prime Target

Federal statistics show that more students outside the school bus are killed by the bus itself than by other vehicles.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003381/struck-by-bus-fatalities-are-a-prime-target
Categories: Management, Safety
NHTSA: Traffic Fatalities Increased in 2016

Federal data show that there were 37,461 deaths on the nation’s roads in 2016, up 5.6% from the 2015 total. The report includes details on school bus...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041501/nhtsa-traffic-fatalities-increased-in-2016
Categories: Management, Safety
NASDPTS Conference to Cover 3-Point Belts, School Bus Driver Oversight

The state pupil transportation directors’ event will also address driver tablets, education reform, and federal agency developments.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041553/nasdpts-conference-to-cover-3-point-belts-school-bus-driver-oversight
Categories: Management, Safety
Tennessee Congressman Presses Feds on School Bus Seat Belts

In a committee hearing, Rep. Steve Cohen questions why federal regulators have not initiated a rulemaking to require lap-shoulder belts on school buses in...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041673/tennessee-congressman-presses-feds-on-school-bus-seat-belts
Categories: Management, Safety
NHTSA Seeks Info on Districts’ Decisions About School Bus Seat Belts

The agency launches a project to learn more about the decision-making process on whether to implement two-point or three-point belts.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041771/nhtsa-seeks-info-on-districts-decisions-about-school-bus-seat-belts
Categories: Management, Safety
PBS Probes School Bus Seat Belt Debate

The PBS NewsHour piece looks at safety benefits and financial concerns involved in the issue. Interviews include transportation directors and NHTSA’s...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041783/pbs-probes-school-bus-seat-belt-debate
Categories: Safety, Technology
5 Questions: Todd Monteferrario on Transportation Policies, Autonomous Vehicles

The National School Transportation Association president discusses the new administration in Washington, the shortage of school bus drivers, and the...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009706/5-questions-todd-monteferrario-on-transportation-policies-autonomous-vehicles
Categories: Safety, Technology
5 Questions: Todd Monteferrario on Transportation Policies, Autonomous Vehicles

The National School Transportation Association president discusses the new administration in Washington, the shortage of school bus drivers, and the...

https://www.globalfleetmanagement.com/10009706/5-questions-todd-monteferrario-on-transportation-policies-autonomous-vehicles
Categories: Management
5 Questions: Keith Henry on Driver Shortage, Safety Priorities

In the first of a new series, SBF poses five pertinent questions to Keith Henry, NAPT president and director of transportation for Lee’s...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009721/5-questions-keith-henry-on-driver-shortage-safety-priorities
Categories: Management, Safety
Elaine Chao Confirmed as U.S. Transportation Secretary

As chief of the Department of Transportation, Chao’s purview includes two agencies that regulate pupil transportation: NHTSA and FMCSA.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041962/elaine-chao-confirmed-as-u-s-transportation-secretary
Another Look at Electronic Stability Control

The phone rang, and I looked down at the caller ID: “CHATTANOOGA TN.” I immediately knew the awful reason for the call, if not who the caller...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003400/another-look-at-electronic-stability-control
Categories: Maintenance, Management, Safety
GAO Issues Report on School Bus Safety

The report analyzes 15 years of crash data and surveys states’ requirements for school bus inspections and driver training.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041985/gao-issues-report-on-school-bus-safety
Categories: Management, Safety
Call for National Stop-Arm Campaign in NHTSA Meeting

Association officials ask NHTSA to raise public awareness on the dangers of illegal passing of school buses.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042056/call-for-national-stop-arm-campaign-in-nhtsa-meeting
Categories: Management, Safety
Next NHTSA Meeting to Focus ‘Outside the Bus’

The agency’s Dec. 1 meeting will primarily cover safety issues around school buses but will also include updates on lap-shoulder belts.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042091/next-nhtsa-meeting-to-focus-outside-the-bus
Categories: Management, Safety
Feds’ Proposal Would Mandate Speed Limiters on Large Buses

New commercial vehicles, including school buses, with a GVWR of more than 26,000 pounds would have to be equipped with devices that cap their speed.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042230/feds-proposal-would-mandate-speed-limiters-on-large-buses
Categories: Management, Safety
Charlie Hott Remembered as Leader in School Bus Safety

The former NHTSA safety standards engineer, who died on Aug. 13, was regarded for his expertise and guidance for the pupil transportation industry.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042247/charlie-hott-remembered-as-leader-in-school-bus-safety
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
Feds Finalize Standards for Greenhouse Gas, Fuel Efficiency

The new CO2 and fuel consumption standards for vocational vehicles — including school buses — start in model year 2021.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042259/feds-finalize-standards-for-greenhouse-gas-fuel-efficiency
Categories: Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation
National Safety Council Backs 3-Point Belts for School Buses

The nonprofit organization calls for “uniform child passenger safety practices across multiple modes of transportation, including school buses,...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042262/national-safety-council-backs-3-point-belts-for-school-buses
Categories: Management, Safety
Houston District Makes 3-Point Belt Use Mandatory

Last fall, Houston ISD committed to including three-point belts on its new school buses. Now, the school board decides to require students to wear them.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042368/houston-district-makes-3-point-belt-use-mandatory
Categories: Management, Safety
NHTSA Updates School Transportation Fatality Data

The new report shows that an average of 30 school-age children die in school transportation-related crashes each year. About 17% are occupants of school...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042412/nhtsa-updates-school-transportation-fatality-data
Categories: Safety
States Share School Bus Seat Belt Experiences in NHTSA Meeting

Representatives of the six states that have passed school bus seat belt legislation discuss such issues as costs, training, and emergency evacuations.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042497/states-share-school-bus-seat-belt-experiences-in-nhtsa-meeting
Categories: Management, Safety
NHTSA to gather states’ input on school bus seat belts

Representatives from the six states that have passed school bus seat belt legislation will share their experiences with NHTSA officials in a meeting next month.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042604/nhtsa-to-gather-states-input-on-school-bus-seat-belts
Categories: Management, Safety
NAPT, NSTA respond to NHTSA seat belt statement

The two school transportation associations jointly write to NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind to express their concerns about his agency’s new stance on...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042655/napt-nsta-respond-to-nhtsa-seat-belt-statement
Missed NAPT? Read our recaps

More than any other time in recent memory, this year's National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) Summit proved to be the place for the biggest...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003426/missed-napt-read-our-recaps
Categories: Management, Safety
NASDPTS supports feds’ new 3-point belt policy

After NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind states that school bus passengers should have three-point belts, the state directors association says that the...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042748/nasdpts-supports-feds-new-3-point-belt-policy
Categories: Management, Safety
NHTSA chief: ‘School buses should have seat belts. Period’

Before a large crowd of pupil transportation officials, Administrator Mark Rosekind revealed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s new...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042762/nhtsa-chief-school-buses-should-have-seat-belts-period
Categories: Legal/Legislative, Safety
3-Point Belts on Buses: Real-World Experience Mitigates Most Concerns

Will students wear the seat belts or use them as weapons? Does the added cost lead to cuts in school bus service? And what about the impact on emergency...

https://www.chargedfleet.com/10009811/3-point-belts-on-buses-real-world-experience-mitigates-most-concerns
Categories: Legal/Legislative, Safety
3-Point Belts on Buses: Real-World Experience Mitigates Most Concerns

Will students wear the seat belts or use them as weapons? Does the added cost lead to cuts in school bus service? And what about the impact on emergency...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009811/3-point-belts-on-buses-real-world-experience-mitigates-most-concerns
Categories: Safety

After NHTSA's public meeting in July, Mark Rosekind discussed key points that were made, as well as what the agency will consider proposing this fall, in an...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009818/nhtsa-chief-on-school-bus-safety-seat-belts
Categories: Management, Safety
NHTSA chief: Some ‘unintended consequences’ of school bus seat belts are positive

In an exclusive interview with School Bus Fleet, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind discusses key points from the agency’s public meeting, and options for...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042947/nhtsa-chief-some-unintended-consequences-of-school-bus-seat-belts-are-positive
Categories: Management, Safety
Seat belts, student behavior discussed at NHTSA meeting

The agency's public meeting looks at the barriers and benefits of seat belts on large school buses, as well as other approaches aimed at increasing safety.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042957/seat-belts-student-behavior-discussed-at-nhtsa-meeting
Categories: Management, Safety
NHTSA updates school transportation fatality data

The federal agency’s latest report shows that, on average, about 33 school-age children die in school transportation-related crashes each year.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042965/nhtsa-updates-school-transportation-fatality-data-1
Categories: Management, Safety
NHTSA to hold meeting on school bus seat belts

The public meeting will “address the challenges and barriers that have prevented schools from taking action to install three-point seat belt systems in...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042980/nhtsa-to-hold-meeting-on-school-bus-seat-belts
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety
Feds propose tighter standards for emissions, fuel efficiency

The EPA and NHTSA’s jointly proposed standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles — including school buses — would cover model years 2021 to 2027.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10043015/feds-propose-tighter-standards-for-emissions-fuel-efficiency
Categories: Management, Safety
School buses exempt from electronic stability control mandate

NHTSA has finalized a rule that requires electronic stability control systems on heavy trucks and some large buses, but not school buses.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10043036/school-buses-exempt-from-electronic-stability-control-mandate
Categories: Management, Safety
NHTSA panel to revisit school bus seat belt issue

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...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10043251/nhtsa-panel-to-revisit-school-bus-seat-belt-issue
Categories: Management, Safety
New NHTSA chief to speak at Love the Bus event

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...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10043267/new-nhtsa-chief-to-speak-at-love-the-bus-event
Categories: Management
Study: Total cost of auto crashes topped $800 billion

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2010 resulted in economic costs of $277 billion and $594...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10043717/study-total-cost-of-auto-crashes-topped-800-billion
Categories: Management, Safety

The latest federal data show that of the 348,253 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes from 2003 to 2012, 1,222 were classified as related to school...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10043901/nhtsa-0-35-of-fatal-crashes-were-school-transportation-related
Categories: Management, Safety
New NASDPTS paper details support for lap-shoulder belts

The new position paper elaborates on the state directors association’s recently updated stance on lap-shoulder belts — fully supporting their installation...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10043967/new-nasdpts-paper-details-support-for-lap-shoulder-belts
Categories: Management, Safety

There were 33,561 highway fatalities in 2012, which was a 3% increase from 2011, according to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10044126/nhtsa-stats-show-traffic-deaths-rose-in-2012
Categories: Management, Safety
Gauging the safety of school bus alternatives

Many school districts and contractors are employing a variety of vehicles to supplement traditional yellow bus service. These alternative arrangements often...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009997/gauging-the-safety-of-school-bus-alternatives
Categories: Management, Safety

The new statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that there was an average of 135 school transportation-related fatalities...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10044513/new-edition-of-ischool-transportation-related-crashes-i-released


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