NAPT MultiView News Brief
Mar. 27, 2012

Lawmaker looks to impose minimum nationwide penalties for passing a stopped school bus
The Hill
Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, recently proposed legislation that would require states to apply federally mandated penalties against drivers who pass school buses as they're picking up or dropping off children. States that fail to enforce these minimum penalties would face a 10 percent cut in federal highway funds.More

Tracking, stopping bullying a daunting task
The Associated Press via WFTV-TV
Bullying in school is hardly a new problem, but in many cases today, it doesn't look like it once did. It's gone high-tech, enabling children to target one another through Facebook, Twitter, email, instant messaging and text messaging, in addition to face-to-face. In the process, anti-bullying has become a national movement of sorts, with celebrities such as Lady Gaga joining the cause.More

Traveling teens: Plan ahead and discuss expectations
Health Canal
It is not uncommon for teens to travel to other states — or other countries — unsupervised. Planning ahead can make the trips fun and safe for the travelers and more relaxing for parents. If parents decide to allow their teens to travel, here are a few tips to make sure the trip goes smoothly.More

US inches toward goal of energy independence
The New York Times
Across the country, the oil and gas industry is vastly increasing production, reversing two decades of decline. At the same time, Americans are pumping significantly less gasoline: partly due to the recession and higher gas prices, but also to drive more fuel-efficient vehicles. Taken together, the increasing production and declining consumption have unexpectedly brought the United States markedly closer to a goal that has tantalized presidents since Richard Nixon: independence from foreign energy sources, a milestone that could reconfigure American foreign policy, the economy and more.More

Planning a bus trip? Look before you book
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
There's more to consider than just price and convenience. If you are purchasing a bus ticket or hiring a bus company for your group's travel, safety should be the top priority. Don't risk your life or the lives of others by making an uninformed decision. Now, with the free SaferBus app, users can easily access a bus company's safety performance record, file a complaint and more from a mobile device. Click here for more info on the app.More

Distracted-driving disingenuousness: 4 inconvenient truths
When it comes to distracted driving, automakers seem to be on a collision course with their own product development and marketing. The gist of this problem is a loss of discipline in how drivers increasingly allow themselves to be distracted while behind the wheel, not just the proliferation of devices, interfaces, software and hardware that is enabling the scourge. But the auto industry and the federal government remain complicit in the problem.More

TSA pressed to expand faster screening to more travelers
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is being pressed to speed up its expansion of a program that lets some frequent fliers speed through airport security while keeping their shoes, belts and jackets on. The TSA is extending its PreCheck expedited screening program to 35 airports by year-end from 7 last year. Asked by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., at a recent hearing when 20 percent or a third of U.S. passengers will be enrolled, TSA administrator John Pistole declined to be specific, saying the goal was to expand as broadly and quickly as possible while maintaining security. More

No drive for natural gas cars
Times Union
As the price of gasoline rises to $4 a gallon and natural gas prices continue falling, the public seems largely uninterested in compressed natural gas cars, also known as CNG vehicles. The vehicles have been touted as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, because natural gas burns cleaner than gasoline, and reduces America's dependence on imported oil by replacing it with American-produced natural gas.More

Bullying: Resources for how to get help
ABC News
VideoBriefMillions of children are relentlessly demeaned and physically attacked at school every day. Parents of victims and educators say that a change must take place and everyone can help. The following is a list of resources to help stop bullying and cyberbullying.More

Gas cards return as destinations gear up for tourists
USA Today
As climbing fuel prices threaten to put the brakes on spring and summer trips, some hotels and destinations are returning to a familiar tactic to lure visitors: gas cards. "When you hit a milestone like $4 a gallon (the nationwide average is $3.84 a gallon for regular unleaded, but 10 states now average between $4.01 and $4.46 a gallon), it gets people's attention," says senior analyst Gregg Laskoski of

Drivers file lawsuit on school bus cameras
VideoBrief Some drivers are complaining about cameras installed on school buses and now several are taking the case to court. The cameras were installed on Jefferson Parish School buses in Louisiana several years ago to improve safety for school buses and children along roadways. Critics, however, called them unconstitutional and a money grab.More

Electric school bus to make stops in the Valley soon
VideoBrief An electric school bus recently made a stop at the Central Valley Air District in California. The bus doesn't need oil changes or transmission flushes and doesn't have a tailpipe. More

Fuel-based GPS tracking released
Fleet Owner Magazine
Zonar has added fuel as a "fifth dimension" to its HD-GPS reporting telematics platforms. The company's systems have long used latitude, longitude, time and odometer in their GPS reporting to capture data and transmit it when it needs to be rather on a pre-established time cycle. 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 April 3rd, are the following businesses: American Cooling Technology Inc., Eye3Data and Traid Fabco. Please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services offered by these companies.

Please feel free to visit our web site 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 Cooling Technology Inc. — — manufactures advanced school bus air conditioning equipment; Eye3Data — — is a manufacturer and distributor of digital security surveillance products; and Triad Fabco — supplies industry standard school bus seat cushioning. More