NAPT MultiView News Brief
Feb. 21, 2012

Government: Curb the car dashboard technology
The Associated Press via The Idaho Statesman
Auto dashboards are becoming an arcade of text messages, GPS images, phone calls and Web surfing, the government says, and it's asking carmakers to curb those distractions when vehicles are moving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently proposed voluntary guidelines for manufacturers, including a recommendation that they design dashboards so that distracting devices are automatically disabled unless the vehicle is stopped and the transmission is in park.More

Rising gas prices hit transportation-centered industries hard
Auburn Journal
When gas prices rise, the Mid Placer Public Schools Transportation Agency in Auburn, Calif. — which purchases 100,000 gallons of fuel a year — feels it. "It is significant. Labor and fuel are our two biggest expenses and fuel is the most volatile," said Martin Ward, chief executive officer for the transportation agency. "We are talking 10,000 gallons a month. A change in 50 cents per gallon is significant."More

22-year-old is Hillsborough's youngest bus driver
The Tampa Tribune
Maurice Jones has heard the chuckles and jokes before. "You look younger than we do." "Are you sure you're our bus driver?" "Somebody needs to get that kid out of the driver's seat." Not many 22-year-olds drive a school bus. After all, you have to be 25 just to rent a car. But since last fall, the Middleton High School graduate has been driving a bus for the Hillsborough County school district. It's his part-time job in the morning and afternoon while he finishes up his accounting degree at the University of South Florida, where he takes classes at night.More

Using social media to improve airport security
The Washington Post
Have you ever wondered what you can and cannot carry on an airplane? How about knitting needles, a wedding dress, ski poles or fried rice? In her communications role at the Transportation Security Administration, Lynn Dean has deployed social media tools to help better inform and prepare passengers to navigate the airport screening process and to give TSA employees a voice in improving how they do their jobs.More

The numbers on bullying continue to rise
National Education Association via Nueces County Record Star
The numbers continue to rise every month. It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. More

Propane autogas: The sleeping giant of alternative fuel
Gas 2.0
With reports coming out that gas prices could hit $5.00 a gallon soon, the magnifying glass has been put on alternative fuels like never before. One low profile alternative fuel being considered is propane autogas.More

Congress under pressure to produce a transportation bill
The Washington Post
Truckers and railroaders have put aside a bitter rivalry to push for it. Bicyclists and bus companies want it. The Chamber of Commerce and the unions are behind it. So are the asphalt pavers and the safe highways people. Not a single member of Congress is against it. So a transportation bill ought to be a quickly done deal, right?More

Clean Diesel Technologies receives expanded CARB verification
Fleet Owner
The California Air Resources Board has expanded its approval of Clean Diesel Technologies' ECS Purifilter brand emissions reduction product to include larger control devices aimed at heavy-duty on-road vehicle engines up to 16 liters and 625 horsepower, increasing the variety of vehicle engines that Clean Diesel is approved to retrofit under the current CARB Truck and Bus regulation. The purpose of the regulation is to reduce emissions from in-use trucks and buses in order to meet federally imposed clean air standards. More

School bus drivers 'ambassadors' for education
The Courier-Tribune
The role which school bus drivers fulfill for students, their safety and the environment was highlighted on Feb. 14, when Asheboro, N.C., schools' bus drivers were honored at an appreciation luncheon. Asheboro's 26 bus drivers, monitors and substitutes were honored during School Bus Driver Appreciation Week, taking place Feb. 13-17, and Love the Bus month in February. Both are observed nationwide by school officials and the American School Bus Council. More

NAPT announces group pricing — connect your entire staff!
John F. Kennedy once said, "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." We couldn't agree more. As a result, the NAPT Board has created a way to give everyone even more affordable access to the entire array of NAPT member benefits. Our new Group Pricing model makes the link between leadership and learning even stronger for everyone in your organization. Save time and money with these opportunities for drivers, driver trainers and office staff. More

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 Feb. 29, are the following businesses: American Traffic Solutions, GM Fleet and Commercial and Rifled Air Conditioning. Please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services offered by these companies.

Please feel free to visit our website anytime,, 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.

American Traffic Solutions (, provides technology and business solutions for road safety camera and electronic toll enforcement programs worldwide; GM Fleet and Commercial ( offers a variety of vehicles, dealers and services to meet your business needs; and Rifled Air Conditioning ( supplies A/C products and a complete line of condensers and evaporators with unique rifled-tubing technology to the bus industry.

For information on 2012 Rifled Air product enhancements for the BH-20 Evaporator and the RC-30 Condenser, please go to their website.More