|NAPT MultiView News Brief|
|Jan. 31, 2012|
Vendor Spotlight: When you're on the spot, come to the spotlight
Business Partners are special members of NAPT. They provide expertise, products and services to the pupil transportation industry, helping to maintain and improve upon the safety and efficiency of operations and processes. Knowing who to call when you're on the spot is important.
To help you find solutions, we highlight three of our business partners in a scrolling logo format on the NAPT homepage every two weeks. All you need to do is click on the company logo to find out more.
Featured on our website under "Business Partner in the Spotlight" through Jan. 27, are the following businesses: Bus Parts Warehouse, Fuelmaster and Robotronics. Please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services offered by these companies.
Please feel free to visit our website anytime, www.napt.org, and check out the featured scrolling logo posted near the bottom left hand side of the home page. You never know, you may find just the solution you are looking for.
National Bus Sales & Leasing, Inc. (www.nationalbussales.com), is one of the largest commercial bus dealers in the United States; Safety Vision (www.safetyvision.com) provides onboard surveillance and collision avoidance camera systems; TRP Bus Parts/PACCAR (www.trpparts.com) offers quality replacement parts for trucks, trailers and buses.More
Save the date! 15th National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo
March 9-11, 2012, Orlando, Fla.
The Roadeo is co-administered by Edupro Group and the National Association for Pupil Transportation, and held in conjunction with the National Conference on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers.
Visit www.eduprogroup.com for additional information. More
FREE bullying prevention training available from NAPT
As you plan and prepare for this year's in-service (or refresher) training, remember that there are two modules of Bully Prevention/Intervention training created jointly by NAPT, the United States Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center available free of charge to school districts across the country.More
NTSB recommendation buoys supporters of ban on texting while driving
Bills to restrict distracted driving, ranging from attempts to outlaw texting to banning cellphone use entirely, have failed repeatedly at the Arizona State Legislature in recent years. But after the National Transportation Safety Board recommended in December that states enact laws banning the use of all portable electronic devices while driving, some proponents see promise that legislation will succeed this session.More
More retail centers installing electric vehicle charging stations
Los Angeles Times
"Charge it" may soon have new meaning at shopping malls and retail centers across the country. As sales of electric cars begin to pick up, retailers nationwide are installing electric vehicle charging stations in their parking lots so customers can plug in and juice up their vehicles while browsing inside.More
Activists chalk Texas schools with pro-LGBT, anti-bullying messages
The New Civil Rights Movement
Residents of Lampasas, Texas — a rural community about 26 miles from Ft. Hood, with a population of approximately 8,000 — witnessed the civil rights movement first hand when unknown person(s) delivered pro-LGBT and anti-bullying messages to Lampasas Middle School and Lampasas High School. The messages sprawled the sidewalks, courtyards and even the doors of the school singing to students and faculty to "love, not hate," and telling teachers, "Teachers, it is your duty to speak out and stand up against bullying."More
Collision in the making between self-driving cars and how the world works
The New York Times
Even as Google tests its small fleet of self-driving vehicles on California highways, legal scholars and government officials are warning that society has only begun wrestling with the changes that would be required in a system created a century ago to meet the challenge of horseless carriages.More
School bus drivers speak out about safety, human rights concerns
The Sacramento Bee
School bus drivers with Durham School Services in Hayward and Livermore, Calif., recently joined with Teamster, political, religious and other community leaders at a "Driver Speak Out" to demand better working conditions. "Every day these hardworking drivers transport our children to school, providing a vital service for our communities. They deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. It's time that they are heard by this company," said Rome Aloise, president of Teamsters Joint Council 7 and international vice president.More
Senate moves toward agreement on transportation bill
The Washington Post
As House Republicans prepared to release a spending proposal intended to overhaul the federal transportation system, Senate Democrats on Jan. 26 rushed to complete a bipartisan effort to end a stalemate that has undermined transportation programs for almost three years.More
Rising foreign demand keeps US gas prices high
U.S. News & World Report
If you've driven by a gasoline station lately, odds are you've seen the sign and understood the damage to your wallet. Gasoline prices across the nation are at seasonal all-time highs, and the psyche is certainly wearing on Americans. Not only is the continued talk about high gasoline prices depressing Americans, but it's also slowing demand for gasoline.More
Freeport man takes his bus driving job to heart
Derek Widmer, 26, loves his job as a school bus driver for Freeport School District 145in Illinois. In fact, this man is living his own dream, one that began when he was a little boy. More
The touch-screen classroom
Despite the technology-rich environment that surrounds children outside school walls, most classrooms are lagging. Administrators worry that the use of phones, iPods and tablets could cause distractions, promote the rise of cyberbullying and other bad behavior, and maybe erode literacy skills, fretting that students might start including textisms like "CUL8R" in their essays. While some school boards have resorted to bans on some technologies, not all educators agree that's a good idea.More
New rules for booking air travel
The New York Times
New federal rules giving consumers more information and flexibility when they book air travel took recently effect. Travelers, for instance, can now change or cancel a reservation within 24 hours and receive a full refund without penalty. The new rules also mean that airfare advertisements must clearly indicate the full price of a ticket, including mandatory taxes and government fees, and that airlines must clearly disclose baggage handling fees in online bookings.More
Transportation, jobs, and the 2012 State of the Union
Department of Transportation Fastlane
In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama laid out his blueprint for an American economy built to last, and gave some ideas for repairing and upgrading our transportation system. Transportation professionals know that by investing in projects that repair crumbling roads, we can actually save Americans money. The president's plan will protect taxpayer dollars by fixing existing roads and by directing funding to the best projects instead of earmarks. And the Department of Transportation will continue investing in innovative ideas like high-speed passenger trains and Next Gen air traffic control technology.More