NAPT MultiView News Brief
Apr. 17, 2012

Analysts: Gas prices may have peaked
The Hill
Gasoline prices, which have vexed President Barack Obama politically in recent months, may have reached their peak, according to energy analysts. Prices at the pump reached nearly $3.94 recently, the highest point this year, according to AAA. But prices have decreased slightly over the last five days, reversing increases that began in December of last year. Analysts say prices could continue to decline.More

PBS's 'America Revealed' includes the yellow school bus
PBS is set to release its second episode of "America Revealed" and will highlight our country's transportation network. The iconic yellow school bus will be one of several systems featured. The episode will air on April 18 and will be available April 19 on the website. More

'The Right Seat' campaign a good fit for child passenger safety
U.S. Department of Transportation Fastlane
Safety is the Department of Transportation's top priority for everyone on our roadways, and now they're calling on parents and caregivers to do everything they can to protect our most vulnerable passengers. Data from DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show an estimated 8,959 lives were saved by child safety seats from 1975 to 2008. But we can do better. According to a NHTSA study, 3 out of 4 children are not as secure in the car as they should be because their car seats are not sized properly or used correctly.More

Airport lounges upgraded with new amenities, better food
USA Today
After years of neglect, airlines are turning their attention back to their airport lounges. As competition for the lucrative business traveler has intensified, airlines are pumping money into their lounges, adding more comfortable seating and power outlets, plus upgrading snacks, drinks and other amenities.More

Smarter infrastructure is what will drive electric vehicle adoption
Fast Company
People are deathly afraid of their EVs running out of juice. The only way we'll stop that is when there are chargers everywhere. If cities build that infrastructure, the EVs will come. More

Teaching software flooding into New Jersey classrooms
The Huffington Post
Computer-driven classes are now spreading fast across the country to help bottom students catch up. Already more than 400 schools in New Jersey are using Scholastic Inc.'s Read 180 program. Other companies are marketing similar software, too. And, increasingly, it's not just for the weakest readers, but for all children, in all subjects and in all grades.More

Insurance group says car design hinders use of child safety seats
Chicago Tribune
Child safety seats are difficult to properly install in cars, according to an insurance industry research group, because of the design of most passenger seats. Joint research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that just 21 of 98 top-selling 2010 and 2011 model year vehicles have seat designs that are easy to use with child restraints.More

Override systems proposed for stuck gas pedals
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
New cars and light trucks would have to have override systems to prevent unintended acceleration when the gas pedal and brake are applied at the same time or accelerator control systems disconnect, under new federal regulations recently proposed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed changing accelerator testing standards for most new cars and many trucks and buses.More

Latest Pew study: Further evidence that it is a mobile world
Talking Transportation
The latest Pew Internet and American Life Project report found that a whopping 63 percent of American adults access the internet through some kind of wireless/mobile device. In addition, nearly 90 percent of American adults have a cellphone, 6 in 10 have a laptop, nearly 20 percent own an e-book reader and nearly 20 percent have a tablet computer.More

School bus fleet fined $90,000 for idling violations
Fleet Owner
Durham School Services, the U.S. student transportation division of National Express Corp., must reduce idling from its school bus fleet of 13,900 buses operating in 30 states, pay a $90,000 penalty and perform environmental projects valued at $348,000 as a result of an EPA New England enforcement action to address excessive school bus idling. The action, recently announced by EPA New England, is part of a settlement for alleged excessive diesel idling in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.More

Students from Project Ignition deliver safe driving message to their peers
U.S. Department of Transportation Fastlane
Project Ignition supports student-led school campaigns that address teen driver safety. We know from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data that traffic crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. But, through Project Ignition, teens are working to change that.More

UBC research: Cyberbullying and bullying are not the same
University of British Columbia research comparing traditional bullying with cyberbullying finds that the dynamics of online bullying are different, suggesting that anti-bullying programs need specific interventions to target online aggression. "There are currently many programs aimed at reducing bullying in schools and I think there is an assumption that these programs deal with cyberbullying as well," says Jennifer Shapka, an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at UBC. More

Survey: Teens still texting while driving
USA Today
The high-profile campaign against distracted driving, especially among young motorists, has seeped deep into the national culture: April is Distracted Driving Month. Despite all that focus, a new survey from insurer State Farm indicates that many teens might still be ignoring the message.More

Death, taxes collide as fatal crashes mount on filing day
Bloomberg Businessweek
Death and taxes aren't only certain, they also seem to share a same deadline in the U.S., according to a study that points to the role of stress in fatal accidents. Deaths from traffic accidents around April 15, traditionally the last day to file individual income taxes in the U.S., rose 6 percent on average on each of the last 30 years of tax filing days compared with a day during the week prior and a week later, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.More

NAPT supports efforts to reduce distrated driving
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, part of a national campaign that aims to eliminate the danger of operating a motor vehicle with anything less than full attention. Awareness of and action to prevent any form of distracted driving is critical in pupil transportation where there is an especially high public expectation of safety excellence.

Driving a school bus requires focused attention and situational awareness at all times. Distraction of any kind could compromise the safety of passengers, children getting on and off the school bus, and other motorists. The use of cell phones or other electronic devices to talk or text while driving is particularly distracting.

Please visit our website to watch an "infomercial" intended to help emphasize the perils of texting while driving. Many states, school districts and school bus operators already have policies that prohibit cell phone use and texting while driving. NAPT encourages those that do not yet have such policies to mark Distracted Driving Awareness Month by enacting them.

Further, we encourage all NAPT members to support national, state and local efforts to deter distracted driving, and remain focused on providing the safest form of ground transportation in America throughout the year. We have shared this message with US DoT Secretary Ray LaHood, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland, NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman, and NTSB Vice-Chairman Christopher Hart. We look forward to continuing to work with them and their staff to spread the word about the perils of distracted driving.

Click here to view the NAPT infomercial.More

NAPT board maintains focus on special needs transportation
The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) has a deep and long-lasting commitment to professional growth. We offer a wide variety creative training and education — both online and in-person — for school transportation professionals, especially those who provide service to students with special needs.

We have since 2004 proudly administered the annual National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo (in partnership and pursuant to a written agreement with the Edupro Group) and in 2011 launched the NAPT Special Needs Training program, which has, in a very short period of time, become the industry standard for training and education in this field.

We appreciate the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have thus far and continue to receive from participants in both of these activities and look forward to offering both of them next year as elements of our continuing our commitment to training and education for the women and men involved in the transportation of students with special needs.More

Welcome to our Events Page
Wondering where and when the next meeting will take place? Need to know where you can complete the next PDS or SNT class? We have the answer: The NAPT Events Page. Travel to our home page and click on the Events Page tab (or to see dates and locations of meetings, conferences, exhibitions, workshops and courses that are important to you. A map will pop up to show you the location and other important information. Phone us at 800-989-6278 with questions.More