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Categories: School Bus Contractors, Safety, Management
Police Target School Bus Passing for New York’s Operation Safe Stop

Officers across the state are focusing on school bus stops that have been identified as hot spots of stop-arm running.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/722195/police-target-school-bus-passing-for-new-york-s-operation-safe-stop
Categories: School Bus Contractors, Management
<I>SBF</i> Editor Appears on <I>Good Morning America</i>

The news program cites School Bus Fleet data on driver shortage and interviews Thomas McMahon on the topic.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/724835/sbf-editor-appears-on-good-morning-america
Categories: Maintenance, Management
Transportation veteran made mark in training, new facility

Sharon Schalk was a driving force in training Washington's school bus driver instructors, and she pushed for funding for a much-needed new transportation...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685176/transportation-veteran-made-mark-in-training-new-facility
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Management
EPA to Demonstrate New Grant Application Process

A pair of webinars will provide training on Workspace, which will be required for grant applicants starting Jan. 1.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/726519/epa-to-demonstrate-new-grant-application-process
Categories: Management

The Toronto boy reportedly boarded the wrong bus on Monday morning and was taken to a school that was not the one he attended. Hours after police issued an...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/684935/missing-4-year-old-found-after-spending-day-at-wrong-school
Categories: School Bus Contractors, Maintenance, Management
School Bus Sales Veteran Evie Wills Retires After 31 Years

Wills spent three decades in the bus business, starting with her family company and ending with Rohrer Bus Sales in Pennsylvania. With her retirement,...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/729788/school-bus-sales-veteran-evie-wills-retires-after-31-years
Categories: Safety, Management

A new final rule adds four semi-synthetic opioids: hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, and oxymorphone.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/726374/department-of-transportation-expands-drug-testing-panel
Categories: Management
Veteran Virginia director David Pace retires

After 31 years in pupil transportation, Pace steps down from his role at Virginia Beach City Public Schools, where he oversaw one of the larger...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685832/veteran-virginia-director-david-pace-retires
Categories: School Bus Contractors, Safety, Management
Survey finds 9 danger zone deaths in last school year

In the 2012-13 school year, six students in the U.S. were killed by vehicles passing their school bus, while three were killed by their bus. The findings...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/684928/survey-finds-9-danger-zone-fatalities-in-last-school-year
Categories: School Bus Contractors

Student Transportation Inc. (STI)’s SchoolWheels Direct will manage the California school transportation business of Atlantic Express until an asset...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/684948/sti-subsidiary-takes-over-atlantic-express-california-operations
Categories: Safety, Management
Bill would require home-side school bus stops

Buses would have to load students on the side of the road that they live on — a requirement that research has shown would be costly — under a bill proposed...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685663/bill-would-require-home-side-school-bus-stops

The horrific beating of a 13-year-old school bus passenger by three 15-year-olds has sparked heated media coverage recently. It seems that most of the...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/blogpost/646479/dont-make-driver-the-scapegoat-in-school-bus-attack
Categories: Safety, Management
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...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685730/nhtsa-panel-to-revisit-school-bus-seat-belt-issue
Categories: Management
Students on Board: New Breed of Rideshares Provide Tech-Powered Pupil Transportation

With a variety of non-yellow vehicles, app-based companies are offering parents an easy way to schedule rides for their children. Some see this type of...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/729225/students-on-board-new-breed-of-rideshares-provide-tech-powered-pupil-transportation
Categories: Alternative Fuels
EPA awards $30M for clean diesel projects

School buses are among the vehicles being replaced or retrofitted in the latest round of funding for the Diesel Emission Reduction Program, also known as...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/684077/epa-awards-30m-for-clean-diesel-projects
Categories: Safety, Management
School Bus Transportation Turns 100 in North Carolina

State transportation and education leaders celebrate a century of transporting students in motorized school buses.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/725214/school-bus-transportation-turns-100-in-north-carolina
Categories: School Bus Contractors, Safety, Management

Since the West Virginia Department of Education sent me the footage of a middle school student nearly being struck by a car illegally passing his school...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/612125/stop-arm-running-in-the-crosshairs
Collaboration is Key at School Bus eXchange

At SBX, school transportation leaders from around the country bring their own experiences to the table and share them with colleagues. The event fosters...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/blogpost/711792/collaboration-is-key-at-school-bus-exchange
Categories: Safety

I gripped the steering wheel of the massive vehicle, checked all of my mirrors, and slowly pulled onto the road, driving as carefully as possible to m...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/611655/a-heavy-load-to-bear
School Bus Drivers Throw Party for Their ‘Biggest Fan’

Packey Butler’s enthusiasm for school buses has brightened many Denville (N.J.) bus drivers’ days, so those drivers decided to return the...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/blogpost/724389/school-bus-drivers-throw-party-for-their-biggest-fan1
Categories: Special Needs Transportation, Safety, Management
New Jersey lawmakers OK service animals on school buses

The bill, which adds school buses to the list of school locations in which students’ service animals are allowed, awaits the governor’s signature.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685755/new-jersey-lawmakers-ok-service-animals-on-school-buses
Categories: Safety, Management
NASDPTS kicks off national stop-arm violation count

School bus operators across the country are again being called on to tally the number of vehicles that illegally pass their buses in one day.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685775/nasdpts-kicks-off-national-stop-arm-violation-count
Categories: Safety, Management
5 Questions: Diana Hollander on Stop-Arm Running, Seat Belts

In this new series, we pose five pertinent questions to a notable person in pupil transportation. Our second discussion is with Diana Hollander,...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/721618/5-questions-diana-hollander-on-stop-arm-running-seat-belts
Categories: Safety, Management
Blue Bird, Bendix demonstrate electronic stability control

A thrilling test ride on a school bus showed how ESC technology can help the driver maintain control on slippery surfaces and sharp turns.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/686168/blue-bird-bendix-demonstrate-electronic-stability-control
Categories: Maintenance, Management
2 Arrested in School Bus Battery Thefts in North Carolina

In Randolph County, one man is charged with stealing batteries from buses at four schools, while another man is charged with the same crime at another...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/728114/2-arrested-in-school-bus-battery-thefts-in-north-carolina
Categories: Safety
Alabama state director Joe Lightsey steps down

Lightsey retires from the state position but takes on a new role at school bus dealership Transportation South. Kevin Snowden succeeds Lightsey as state...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685718/longtime-alabama-state-director-joe-lightsey-steps-down
Categories: Management

The board at Minnesota’s South Washington County Schools approves a plan to adjust bell times from four to three tiers, which will go into effect for the...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685089/update-district-switches-to-3-tier-transportation
Categories: Special Needs Transportation, Safety, Management
New school bus seat, ownership shift at SynTec

SynTec Seating Solutions’ new S3C seat, which can be converted between belted and non-belted options, will be available on school buses starting this fall....

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/683919/new-school-bus-seat-ownership-shift-at-syntec
Categories: Safety, Management

Researchers in Oregon say that in permitted left turns — distinguished from protected left turns — drivers may have to pick their way through narrow windows...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/684382/study-points-to-risks-of-permitted-left-turns
Categories: Special Needs Transportation, Safety, Management
NAPT Summit report

From sessions on enhancing safety and efficiency to awards for outstanding service, here’s our rundown of highlights from the National Association...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/612249/napt-summit-report
Categories: Safety

It’s up to each school bus driver to wear his or her seat belt at all times while operating the bus, but we know from seeing occasional reports...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/612323/bright-ideas-to-make-sure-drivers-buckle-up
Categories: Safety, Management

A 5-year-old girl dies and more than 20 students are injured when their bus runs off the road and hits a tree, authorities say.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/726597/1-student-killed-in-school-bus-crash-in-georgia
Categories: Safety, Management
Mother Speaks Out After Daughter Nearly Struck at School Bus Stop

Joyce Rhoades of Minnesota credits the school bus driver with helping to save her daughter’s life when a truck illegally passed the bus as the...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/725787/mother-speaks-out-after-daughter-nearly-struck-at-school-bus-stop
Categories: School Bus Contractors, Management
American School Bus Council Launches 2018 Love the Bus Campaign

As part of this year’s campaign, ASBC will award gift cards to the top social media posts that highlight Love the Bus celebrations.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/728392/american-school-bus-council-launches-2018-love-the-bus-campaign
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/news/685257/study-total-cost-of-auto-crashes-topped-800-billion
Categories: School Bus Contractors, Safety

National Express and Petermann will divest eight school bus contracts to proceed with their proposed merger, the Department of Justice announces. The...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/683728/school-bus-contracts-change-hands-to-meet-antitrust-approval

If you look back over the record of school bus loading/unloading fatalities, which has been compiled annually for nearly four decades, you may be...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/blogpost/641026/weve-come-a-long-way

Should every state’s governor have a model school bus in his or her office? Dirk Kempthorne thinks it would be a good idea. While he was governor...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/blogpost/641804/bus-makes-memorable-gift
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Management
5 Questions: Allen Schaeffer on Diesel Emissions, VW Settlements

Allen Schaeffer, the executive director for the Diesel Technology Forum, shares insights on emission reductions, the VW settlement funds, and renewable...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/722858/5-questions-allen-schaeffer-on-diesel-emissions-vw-settlements
Categories: Maintenance

Sometimes the best solution to a specific school bus maintenance problem can’t be found in instruction manuals or previous training. Shop staffers...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/610452/case-studies-tips-from-the-professional-garage
Categories: Management

With temperatures hovering in the single digits on Thursday, Nashville residents who needed a break from the bitter cold could climb aboard a "Mobile...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/684972/in-harsh-cold-school-buses-serve-as-warming-stations
Categories: School Bus Contractors, Safety, Management

In Akron, Ohio, school bus driver Laura Zborowski was conducting emergency evacuation drills with students when the bus began to roll. Police say that...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685446/school-bus-driver-dies-after-saving-student-from-rolling-bus
Categories: Management

I never met Joe Mirabella, but I got the sense that he was committed to doing what he felt was right — even if that meant going against the grain.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/612100/rebel-with-a-cause
Categories: Management

Narcotics detectives in California stop a school bus driven by 31-year-old April Nunez, with no children on board at the time. During their investigation,...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/684168/school-bus-driver-charged-with-meth-for-sale
When school’s out for summer, it’s time to learn

Soon after the school year ends, many pupil transporters take a “busman’s holiday”: They attend an industry conference. So while most...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/blogpost/647119/when-school-s-out-for-summer-it-s-time-to-learn
Categories: Management
Todd Watkins on Effective Recruiting, Management Strategies

The director of transportation for Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools talks driver recruitment, stop-arm cameras, seat belts, and the workings of a...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/724953/todd-watkins-on-effective-recruiting-management-strategies
Categories: Management

As I did after the previous edition of the Children's Choice contest, I put together a collection of amusing and moving comments from the kids' essays....

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/612085/kids-tell-it-like-it-is
Categories: School Bus Contractors, Safety, Management

Previously, Louisiana school bus operators attained the job protection after passing a three-year probationary term. Under newly enacted legislation,...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/683826/new-bus-drivers-in-la-won-t-get-tenure
Categories: School Bus Contractors, Maintenance, Alternative Fuels, Management
VW Mitigation Funding Moves Closer as U.S. Files Trust Agreements

Monday, Oct. 2, became the “Trust Effective Date” for the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. Now, states have 60 days to elect to...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/725642/vw-mitigation-funding-moves-closer-as-u-s-files-trust-agreements
Categories: School Bus Contractors, Safety, Management

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...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685939/district-apologizes-for-calling-for-school-bus-driver-s-firing


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