4-Year-Old Student Left Behind on School Bus
The Louisiana girl misses her stop, and the driver fails to notice her and parks the bus at a store. The driver is fired after the incident.

Minnesota Transportation Company Awarded New School Bus Contract
Schmitty & Sons is awarded a contract to provide transportation to Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 starting on July 1.

SafeStop App Reports More Growth in 2017-18 School Year
Registered users of the school bus tracking app have increased from 25,000 to 40,000 so far this school year.

Transfinder CEO Reflects on 30 Years of Business, Innovations
The school bus routing software developer marks the occasion by celebrating its staff members’ dedication and continuing to keep pace with ever-changing technology.

New York Bill Would Add School Bus Safety to Driver’s Ed
The state’s pre-licensing course and test for general driver applicants would cover the law on stopping for school buses. NYSBCA supports the proposal.

Volkswagen Brings School Bus Closer to Automation, but Questions Remain
The Volkswagen Group unveils the SEDRIC (SElf DRIving Car) School Bus concept at the International Geneva Motor Show. It features conveniences such as on-demand travel, but many issues related to school transportation need to be resolved. 

Electrical Issue Sparked School Bus Fire in Texas, Investigation Finds
A fire marshal determines that an electrical malfunction started the fire in the engine of one bus and then spread to four others at Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD.

School Bus Driver Charged With Reckless Driving
Walter Holden of North Carolina reportedly drives around a curve and off the road, overcorrects, and the bus tips over. Five of the six students aboard receive minor injuries. 

4 School Buses Destroyed by Fire at Texas District
The state fire marshal is investigating the Wednesday night blaze at Coldspring-Oakhurst’s bus yard, but authorities say no foul play is suspected.

Student Transportation Inc. Adds 4 State-Certified Instructors in California
The instructors are licensed to teach and assist driver applicants in qualifying for a school bus certificate.

IC Bus Honors School Bus Dealer of the Year for 2017
Wolfington Body Co. is recognized for dealership performance and leadership.

Charter Bus Crash in Alabama Kills Driver, Injures Students
The Texas bus is bringing students home from a trip to Walt Disney World when it drives off a road and plunges into a ravine, killing the driver and injuring several students.

New York Association Calls for School Bus Stop-Arm Camera Use to Nab Illegal Passers
The New York Association for Pupil Transportation asks the state Legislature to authorize stop-arm cameras to enforce state law, which prohibits motorists from passing stopped school buses.

Zonar, NAPT Offer 2018 Don Carnahan Memorial Grant
Winners will receive up to $50,000 worth of Zonar fleet management technology.

Stertil-Koni Unveils Multi-Purpose Fork Adapters
The heavy duty vehicle lift supplier’s new series of fork adapters are designed to increase the versatility, utility, and performance of its mobile column lifts.

IC Bus Ramps Up Gasoline School Bus Production, Demos Electric Model
The gasoline CE bus will start full production next month, and the ChargE electric bus will tour the West Coast, IC Bus officials reveal in an interview.

School Bus Catches Fire on California Freeway
The students and adults, returning from a field trip, evacuated and were not injured. The bus was equipped with lap-shoulder belts.

Prepare to Meet Higher Demand for School Bus Techs
Internship programs provide a great opportunity for students to experience a line of work that could lead to a fulfilling career. The interns can also help the school bus maintenance crew with its current workload.

New VP Named at SoundOff Commercial Vehicle Products
Bill Wakefield joins the senior leadership team for the supplier of school bus LED lighting.

EPA Awards $8.7 Million to Clean Up Older Diesel School Buses
The DERA rebates will be used to replace or retrofit 452 school buses in 32 states.

11 Students Injured in Indiana School Bus Crash
A school bus is taking 47 students to school when traffic comes to a halt, the bus is unable to stop, and it crashes into a semi tractor-trailer.

New SafeGuard BTI School Bus Seat Now Available
IMMI's updated BTI can now be ordered in IC Bus models. The seat can be upgraded with lap-shoulder belts or integrated child seats by swapping the seat back.

Some Arkansas Motorists Posing School Bus Passing Threat at Stops
Motorists are apparently confused by a new highway bypass, and are not stopping for school buses when their red lights are flashing. More police are placed near bus stops in the area.

VIDEO: Good Morning, Mr. Johnson
In this vintage short film from 1987, a stern but caring school bus driver quizzes his passengers on the rules for a safe ride.

NSTA Advocacy in Action — 12 Key Achievements in 2017
NSTA's executive director shares some of the development that illustrate the association's role as an industry voice and key resource for private school bus transportation solutions.

Illinois School Bus Mechanic Retires After 40 Years
Dennis Rodgers, who worked as a mechanic and occasional driver for a contractor that serves Alton School District #11, reflects on changes he saw throughout his career.

Pry Bar Set
The new 8203L Long-Handled Three-Piece Pry Bar Set includes pry bars in multiple lengths to provide technicians with the best fit for their everyday to heavy-duty jobs.

Stertil-Koni Names New Business Development Manager
Radu Pop will work to advance truck and bus fleet sales for the vehicle lift supplier.

NAPT News & Views — A New Look at Labor Trends: Maybe We Should Stand on Our Heads
NAPT's executive director says that we need more information about why people don’t take jobs as school bus drivers when part-time jobs are a transformational, growing trend across other segments of the economy.

LED Lamps
The new Fusion GloLight 6-inch oval multi-function surface-mount LED lamps employ Optronics’ patented GloLight optical technology and are available with a reflective safety bezel.

School Bus Driver Accused of Threatening to ‘Shoot Up’ School
Lashauna Hooker Beachum of North Carolina faces two felony charges for allegedly threatening middle school staff and “immigrants [who are] trying to take over the school” on social media.

Student Transportation Inc. Charity Raises $46K, Kicks Off Scholarship Program
More than 170 of the school bus contractor’s locations raise monetary donations and gather goods for those in need.

Roush Announces Leadership Changes to Support Company Growth
The alternative-fuel technology supplier promotes a handful of staff members in key leadership positions. Todd Mouw is the new president of Roush CleanTech.

School Bus Dealership Sonny Merryman to Expand in Virginia
The Thomas Built Buses distributor will open a new sales and service center in the greater Richmond area this summer.

5 Questions: Arby Creach on Effects of Hurricanes, Improving Economy
The president of the Florida Association for Pupil Transportation discusses how the state's school bus systems are working to transport students displaced by last year's hurricanes.

Parent Questions Past Use of Zip Ties to Secure Student Harnesses
A California father seeks an investigation into past use of zip ties on harnesses to restrain his son and other students. The district has ended the practice and now uses new safety vests. 

To See or Not to See? Weighing the Benefits of Visual Navigation
For substitute drivers, an illuminated display with directions might be a safer alternative to fumbling in the dark with a hand-held route sheet.

Former School Bus Driver Found Guilty in Fatal Chattanooga Crash
Jurors find Johnthony Walker guilty of criminally negligent homicide and over two dozen lesser charges for his involvement in a school bus crash in 2016 that killed six students.

Colorado Fleet Leader David Anderson to Retire
Anderson, a 37-year veteran in pupil transportation, has been recognized for his expertise in school bus fleet maintenance and efficiency practices.

Indiana District Sees Success With Thomas Built Buses’ S.T.A.R.S. System
Hamilton Southeastern Schools reports that Thomas Built’s seat mounting system for special-needs buses helps keep floors clean and organized, and is easy to remove and install.

Blue Bird Extends Allison 7-Year Warranty Into 2018
The extended Allison warranty applies to new Blue Bird buses equipped with Allison 2500 and 2550 Pupil Transport Series transmissions.

5 New Tools for the School Bus Shop
A dashboard that reflects tire maintenance savings, heavy-duty tire changers, and an oil change system that speeds up the process are just some of the latest products designed to boost savings and uptime.

Safe Fleet Launches 2018 Anti-Bullying Grant Program
The company will award a total of $50,000 to people working with students to start or to sustain existing programs to end bullying in their communities. The grant application deadline is April 23.

Texas District Launches Propane School Bus Program
San Antonio ISD earns a DERA grant of nearly $300,000 to be used in replacing 11 diesel buses with propane models.

Minnesota Celebrates 2nd Annual School Bus Driver Appreciation Day
Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed Feb. 28 as the second School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in the state. Drivers were acknowledged at school districts statewide and at a press conference.  

School Bus Driver Charged in Fatal Georgia Crash
Shalita Harris, 29, faces charges of vehicular homicide and reckless driving in the Jan. 29 crash in which a 6-year-old student was ejected.

Stability Technology
The Bendix ESP System is an antilock braking system (ABS)-based stability technology that uses a series of sensors designed to continuously monitor vehicle parameters, including wheel speed, lateral acceleration, steering angle, brake pressure, and yaw rate.

School Bus Maintenance Staff Seeks, Shares Regen Solution
Working as a team, a shop in an Ohio district’s transportation department reduces regeneration incidents by about 80%, and shares the solution with other technicians.

Student Transportation Inc. to Be Acquired by Investors
North America’s third-largest school bus contractor will be purchased by a group led by CDPQ, STI’s largest shareholder.

Webinar to Give Tips on School Bus Fire Protection
Speakers from Fogmaker will let attendees know what they can do to protect their school buses and students in the event of a fire.

Full View Camera Technology
IC Bus now offers customers a purpose-built school bus camera system that is designed to enhance the driver’s view around the bus.

School Bus Fires Highlight Need for Preventive Measures
With a rash of blazes in recent months — one fatal — pupil transportation officials boost inspection and replacement of older buses. Evacuation drills and fire suppression also come into focus.

Seattle High School Students Get Access to Free Public Transportation Passes
The city’s mayor announces a partnership between the city and King County that will allow students unlimited use of public transportation free of charge.

Georgia District Expands Testing of School Bus App
Cherokee County School District will roll out the Versatrans My Stop system to three schools next week.

PHOTOS: Love the Bus 2018
Schools, contractors, and students across the U.S. came together to celebrate and show their appreciation for the yellow bus and its drivers.

Love the Bus Events Treat School Bus Drivers With Valentines, Meals
School districts and contractors celebrate pupil transporters with festivities that include breakfasts and lunches, cards made by students, and visits from dignitaries.

More Than 25 School Buses Damaged, Destroyed in Fire
A Pennsylvania school district’s bus garage catches fire, destroying 16 buses and damaging others that are parked nearby. No one is injured, but classes are canceled the day after. 

Dad Designs School Bus Lego Set
Inspired by his son’s love of yellow buses, Nathan Roberts creates a model set with the classic plastic building bricks. If his proposal gains enough supporters, Lego will review it for possible production.

Bill Targets Testing Delays for CDL Applicants
The legislation in Congress aims to reduce wait times for driver applicants to take a CDL skills test.

Thomas Built Reports Success With Engine Aftertreatment Adjustment
Some school districts are seeing significant drops in DPF-related maintenance issues after using the "Stay Warm" feature for Cummins diesel engines.

New Administrator Confirmed for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Raymond Martinez is cleared by the Senate to lead FMCSA. The National School Transportation Association says it looks forward to working with him.

Police Seek Motorist Who Allegedly Sped Past Stopped School Bus
Massachusetts bus video reportedly shows an oncoming car nearly striking a woman and her 7-year-old daughter as they try to cross the street.

NAPT Webinar to Address School Shootings
The webinar, titled “School & Mass Shootings in America: What Now?”, will be led by researcher Dr. Jaclyn Schildkraut.

First Student Awarded Texas School Bus Contract
The school bus company will manage and operate student transportation services for Irving Independent School District as part of a five-year contract, starting with the 2018-19 school year.

Texas District Deploys Fogmaker Fire Suppression in School Buses
Charter school operator ILTexas will equip all 16 of its buses with Fogmaker North America’s fire suppression kits.

VIDEO: Ohio Students Demonstrate School Bus Safety
Plain Local Schools pupils show what to do — and what not to do — to stay safe when riding the bus. The segment was created by GlenOak High School video production students.

California School District Orders 2 GreenPower Electric School Buses
The Synapse 72 all-electric buses are expected to be delivered to Rialto Unified School District this summer.

Gun Comments on School Buses Trigger Police Response
Bus incidents in four states reveal a heightened level of vigilance after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Navistar Honors Key Suppliers With 'Diamond' Status
The IC Bus parent company recognizes suppliers that exceeded performance expectations for quality, delivery, technology, and cost.

Thomas Built Buses Donation Aids District’s Academics, Athletics
Guilford County (N.C.) Schools has used the school bus OEM’s $100,000 contribution for STEM programs, a gym floor replacement, and other efforts.

Iowa Man Accused of Stealing School Bus
Thomas Ruchotzke faces multiple charges after allegedly stealing a school bus from a residence.

Student Struck by Car While Running to School Bus
The 6-year-old North Dakota boy runs into the road toward his bus, which has its stop arm out, when he is hit by a car. He is hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries.

Alt-Fuel Tax Credits Extended Through 2017
A $0.50 per gallon credit for propane and natural gas and an alt-fuel infrastructure incentive are among tax provisions retroactively applied to last year.

IC Bus Unveils Updated RE Series School Bus
The Type D line is now powered by the Cummins L9 diesel engine and offers OnCommand Connection remote diagnostics, among other features.

School Bus Driver Cited for Leaving Scene of Crash
Franceille Fleurine of Massachusetts reportedly strikes two trees, smashing the back window of the bus, and then continues to drive her route.

VIDEO: 2 Superintendents Get on Board for Love the Bus
Here’s a high-profile plug for the Love the Bus campaign. Dr. Ross Renfrow, superintendent of Johnston County (N.C.) Public Schools, and Mark Johnson, North Carolina’s state superintendent, give a shoutout to school bus drivers and other transportation team members.

Join Forces to Fight School Transportation Funding Cuts
With so many pieces of the budget pie competing for dollars, someone needs to remind our elected officials why pupil transportation should be a priority.

4 Top Tech Innovations for School Transportation
The CEO of a data analytics solutions provider highlights the top innovations that may have a long-lasting impact on school transportation.

Super Bowl Sunday Becomes a Paid Holiday for Some School Bus Drivers
The new benefit for a drivers’ union in Chicago requires that they show up for work the day after the big game.

Report Ranks Best, Worst, Safest, and Most Expensive State Highway Systems
The Reason Foundation’s Annual Highway Report finds that North Dakota and Kansas have the nation’s most cost-effective highway systems, while New Jersey and Rhode Island have the worst.

Trans/Air Co-Founder Dick Lehnert Passes
Lehnert and his brother Ed launched the company in 1979 to supply bus air-conditioning systems to the transportation industry.

NAPT News & Views — Education Reform: Forewarned Is Forearmed
NAPT's executive director advises pupil transporters to be ready to discuss their views about the impact of education reform on school transportation.

Seattle School Bus Strike Ends
First Student and the drivers’ union agree on a contract that includes expanded health care coverage for bus drivers and their families and a pension plan, ending a nine-day strike.

As Demand for DEF Grows, School Bus Fleet Enhances Storage Capacity, Access
A new 1,200-gallon diesel exhaust fluid system enables Maconaquah School Corp. to improve access for drivers while saving money on the fluid by buying in bulk.

How My Son Got Back on the Bus
If all went well, this would be his first time taking the bus home from school since nearly three years ago, when he stopped riding after enduring various issues on board.

Mold, Rust Prevention Solution
BESI Inc. has added Damp Check to its product line to pull excess moisture from the air and reduce it to a level that prevents the growth of mold, mildew, rust, musty odors, and rot.

Maryland Man Who Jumped on School Bus Receives Probation
Leverne Doran gets one day of unsupervised probation for obstructing a school bus driver. Charges of malicious destruction of property, disorderly conduct, and disturbing the peace were dropped.

VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Special-Needs School Bus Driver
KVIE shares this snapshot of the career of Karen Sweet, a California driver who transports special-needs students. Sweet talks about the bond she has developed with the students and with their families over the last 29 years.

5 Questions: Blake Krapf on NSTA Strategy, Tax Reform Impact
The NSTA president shares insights on NSTA initiatives, the widespread driver shortage, and the recently passed tax reform bill.

Virginia Lawmakers Consider School Bus Driver Training Requirements and Ads, Reject Seat Belts
One bill would cut training hours needed for CDL holders and those approved to operate a school bus. Another would allow bus ads.

2 New Compressors Offered for Bus Cooling
T/CCI’s new compressors target trends in bus manufacturing, growing demand.

Teen Climbs Through School Bus Roof Hatch, Runs Away From School
The student reportedly yells at school staff from the roof of the bus, climbs back in, and then flees.

Boosting Security at the Bus Stop With Mobile Data Terminals
Tablets with ridership apps can help the driver ensure that the right students get on and off the bus. The key is to make the technology part of the driver’s routine — rather than a distraction.

Lion Electric Co. Names New Executive
Peter Rego takes on the position of chief commercial officer USA for the bus manufacturer.

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.

Help Special-Needs Students Strive for Success Through Mainstreaming
Transportation directors are legally required to accommodate students with disabilities to ensure access to education, but each case is different. Look for opportunities to include them with their able-bodied peers.

Students Assist School Bus Driver Suffering Medical Emergency
The Texas students help a driver who loses control of his bus: one takes the wheel and the other keeps students safe and calls 911.

Reminder: Input Needed for School Bus Maintenance Survey
Take part in School Bus Fleet’s survey that covers technician pay, fleet age, top shop challenges, and other topics.

Fuel Additive Formulas
Diesel Monster Anti-Gel has been formulated to protect against waxing and gelling, and to eliminate water to provide protection in cold weather.

School Bus Driver Killed by Backing Bus
Richard Proffitt of Virginia was standing behind a bus at a transportation facility when it fatally struck him.