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Pupil Transportation Directors:
Drivers Asked to "Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm" During 43rd Annual National School Bus Safety Week
from American School Bus Council
The American School Bus Council asks drivers of
passenger vehicles to ensure the continued safety of school bus transportation with National
School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 19-23, and the 2009 theme, Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm.
Durbin Opens Door to Supporting Fuel-Tax Increase; Revenue Key to Moving House Bill
from AASHTO Journal
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., stated that he wants to see a transportation authorization bill completed by early next year and that raising the federal motor-fuels tax to pay for it must be considered by Congress. "We have to pay for it, and paying for it may mean an increase in the federal gas tax," Durbin said at a Tri-State Development Summit in Fairfield, Iowa.
Mock Crash in Ohio Underscores Train, Bus Safety
from Newark Advocate
Ohio Operation Lifesaver partnered with Licking County emergency agencies to provide a grisly image of what can happen when school buses don't stop for trains.
More Driver Distractions Ahead
from RCR Wireless News
The federal effort to ban texting/e-mailing and driving is common sense. It's not wise to read or write while driving a car. But it seems a little short-sighted to declare which applications are dangerous and which aren't. As vehicles and devices get smarter, the lines begin to blur on what is a good idea and what should be criminal.
Administrators Embrace New Technology
from The Clanton Advertiser
Because students now are more likely to get in trouble for sending text messages in school than for shooting spitballs, school administrators must embrace new technology.
New School Bus Offers Extra Safety Features
from The Wauneta Breeze
A 3-year-old preschool student was left alone on a bus for three hours after the bus driver had made his rounds. This recent incident could have been avoided and virtually impossible had they had the newest member of Wauneta-Palisade's bus fleet.
Cost, Security Bumping Heads at Minnesota Schools
from Times Daily
A Minnesota St. Cloud school district budget shortfall has opened discussions about how many monitors and security officers are needed in the high schools and junior high schools. The proposal has principals concerned about reducing safety and supervision in the schools.
BUS-WATCH® by REI
Safety on the street is important, but did you know that the Bus Watch program starts on the inside of your buses? More Info.
Who is Responsible for Getting Kids to School: District or Parents?
from Dayton Daily News
Three registered sex offenders either live or work along the route Brian Glidden's 12-year-old daughter must pass when she walks from Springboro Intermediate School in the afternoons. Glidden believes this obstacle should have been reason enough to give his daughter an exemption from the school district's revised busing policy.
Honda Bicycle Simulator
Honda's Bicycle Simulator will go on sale from February 2010 onwards, where it was specially manufactured in order to help out in the niche market of traffic safety education.
Yellow Bus Can't Be Beat for Safety
from Desert News
Among the worst news bulletins anyone fears to hear are the ones that begin, "A bus carrying schoolkids today crashed."
State Targets School Bus Emissions
from Greenville News
South Carolina is spending about $1.6 million over four years, mostly in federal money, to minimize harmful emissions from its aging school bus fleet of 5,000 that could affect the lungs of an estimated 300,000 students who ride them.
Global Impositioning Systems
from The Walrus
Is GPS technology actually harming our sense of direction? The brain's navigational wiring doesn't just reflect our talent at getting from A to B; it also reflects the ways in which we perceive and interact with the world around us. As we enter the age of the global positioning system, neuroscientists are picking up some worrying signs about the changes that will occur as we grow accustomed to the brain-free navigation of the GPS era.
Gleaves Joins Race for NAPT Affiliate Member Director
Dwight Gleaves, VP of Sales for Hydrotex, has been nominated as a candidate for the new Affiliate Member Director seat on the NAPT Board of Directors.
Gleaves, who was nominated by Corky Bynum of Safety Systems & Controls and Charley Kennington of Innovative Transportation Solutions, joins Mike Roscoe, Director of School Bus Products for The C.E. White Co., Dave McDonald, Director of Business Development and Technical Specs for Rosco, Inc., Robert Scott, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for 247Security, Inc. and Chris Thomas, Director of School Transportation Business Development for American Logistics Co. LLC in the November 4th election.
Profiles of all the candidates, including their personal statements about running for office, are available online at www.napt.org.
2009 Elections to Feature Electronic Balloting
The NAPT Elections Committee is planning to conduct the 2009 NAPT Elections online.
This year, just like every year, delegates at the NAPT Summit in Louisville, KY can vote in an election booth at the Trade Show between the hours of 10:00 AM and 12:00 Noon, on Wednesday, November 4th.
This year, however, all NAPT members can vote electronically for an extended period of time. Any time between 10AM ET on Monday, November 2nd and 12Noon ET on Wednesday, November 4th, NAPT members can go to the NAPT website, click on the link entitled "2009 Elections", and log in to the online election site using your NAPT user name and member number. The site contains a profile of each candidate and a ballot for each election.
In order to access the election ballot, you must know your current NAPT user name and member number. If you do not remember your user name and member number, please contact NAPT headquarters before Thursday, Oct. 28 at 800-989-NAPT or via email. We will not be able to provide this information to you after this date and if you do not have it, you will not be able to vote online.
NAPT Recommended Product Update
Earlier this year, the NAPT Board announced it may recommend from time to time a product or service(s) to NAPT members when the NAPT Board believes:
Our goal is to help our members shop and buy with confidence, knowing that we will only recommend a product when we have assurance it will be available to our members at the lowest available retail price. The NAPT Board will not evaluate the products or services themselves. The criteria we have created and specified above are the sole criteria of evaluation.
- the type of product or service is essential to personal growth and development, staff development, human resources management, or operational safety and efficiency;
- the product or service is sold only by a business affiliate member of NAPT (called a NAPT Business Partner);
- the product or service is offered to NAPT members at the lowest available retail price; and
- the product or service is available at that price to NAPT members only.
Before any product or service is recommended by the NAPT Board, the provider of that product or service must execute a written agreement with NAPT stipulating, among other things, that the company offering the NAPT recommended product or service will not enter into any endorsement or promotional agreement with any other national, regional, state or local association for pupil transportation or other nonprofit organization whose field of membership is substantially similar to that of NAPT.
NAPT has also created a special logo to identify any products or services the Board recommends. The black circle logo in the center of the page above is a trademark and the property of NAPT; the Board will grant a license to use it only to NAPT Business Partner members in good standing. Look for the NAPT Recommended Product logo as a sign of the best price you will get on products and services in the school transportation industry.
The Board is planning to announce the addition of several new recommended products in the near future. Look for email containing the details. In the meantime, click here to check out a new video featuring one of our current recommendations, the "Driver Training Course" from the School Bus Safety Company, and learn how safety can save you money.
|| Product Showcase: Transportation Solutions|
|Region 4 Education Service Center Transportation Solutions is changing its identity. Our new name is ITS (Innovative Transportation Solutions). In the coming weeks look for more details about the new identity and new web site. Be sure to stop by booth 537 at the NAPT Tradeshow to learn how we can assist your transportation department. Remember "ITS the Answer." Contact: Charley Kennington, Transportation Solutions 713-744-6362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org More info|
|| Product Showcase: UltraLED
The all-new UltraLED warning lamp from Heavy Duty Bus Parts, Inc. helps to insure student passenger safety through greater visibility of the school bus. Dual flash patterns provide a choice of “steady state” or “rapid flash” to provide the same attention getting strobe like effect found on most emergency vehicles today at the affordable cost of under $50. UltraLED from Heavy Duty Bus Parts, Inc. More info|
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Real-time Bus and Student Locator
Adjust transportation services on-the-go, respond to events and compare real-time data versus planned with VEO AVL from Trapeze. Using automatic vehicle location technology, VEO AVL monitors bus and student locations at all times and lets you compare AVL data with planned route data to drive further efficiencies, cost savings and improved safety and security. Download more information.
|| Product Showcase: ZONAR'S ZING|
ZONAR'S ZING is a powerful and intuitive dispatch, route management, navigation and two-way text messaging application that gives fleet managers unprecedented, real-time visibility and control. Two-way text messaging provides a powerful and easy-to-use communication link between drivers and dispatchers. ZING's user-friendly interface leverages the familiar look and feel of Zonar’s suite of award-winning productivity solutions. More info
|| Product Showcase: EduRunBuilder|
EduRunBuilder captures GPS and transportation specific data using a basic cell phone, making route data collection simple! The intuitive interface requires almost no training or understanding of software operations and audible voice prompts make the process fool proof. Simply put, there is no easier or quicker way to gather required transportation information than EduRunBuilder. More info