NAPT MultiView News Brief
July 26, 2011

NAPT, US Department of Education anti-bullying training modules now available
NAPT
In June, we announced the availability of bully prevention/intervention training — created jointly by NAPT, the Education Department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center. We are pleased to announce the second module is available. Both training modules are free of charge to school districts across the country.

The first module, titled "See Something. Do Something: Intervening in Bullying Behavior," will teach drivers what does and does not constitute bullying, how to respond to the behavior on or around the bus, and specific strategies for addressing and reporting bullying as it occurs.

The second module, "Creating a Supportive Bus Climate: Preventing Bullying," focuses on building mutual respect on the school bus. The training will encourage drivers to consider what a supportive bus climate looks like and how it prevents bullying; and learn and commit to perform simple, concrete strategies to build positive relationships on the school bus.

Both modules include a step-by-step trainer's guide, a PowerPoint presentation, handouts for driver activities, palm cards for drivers and posters that can be displayed in the transportation department or throughout the school system to reinforce the messages.

To download your free copy of the bullying prevention/intervention training modules that are available, visit our website at www.napt.org.

"We have no tolerance for bullying and stopping it is one of our national public policy priorities," said NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin. "We are very pleased the United States Education Department agrees with us and was willing to work with us on this project."More

Mulder and Sudduth nominated to run for NAPT Board of Directors
NAPT
Kenneth Mulder, director of transportation for the Special School District of St. Louis County in Missouri, and Barry Sudduth, assistant director of transportation for the Stafford County Public Schools in Virginia have been nominated to run for the NAPT Board of Directors in Regions 4 and 2, respectively.

Mulder was nominated by Shirley Francis, special advisor for conference planning of the Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation, and George F. Horne, president of Horne Enterprises in Metairie, La. Sudduth was nominated by Barbara Goodman, associate director of transportation for Chesterfield County, Va., and Harold Grimes from Richmond, Va.

Elections for these positions, as well as NAPT president-elect and NAPT affiliate member director, will be held this fall during the 37th Annual NAPT Conference & Trade Show in Cincinnati. Visit www.napt.org for additional information.

Any person who wishes to be a candidate for NAPT president-elect, regional director or director at large must be an active individual member of the association for at least two years; a candidate for affiliate member director must be current business partner individual members.

Anyone interested in running for president-elect, regional director or director at large must be nominated by a minimum of two active individual members of the association; candidates for regional director must be nominated by individuals from that particular region. Individuals running for affiliate member director must be nominated by at least two current business partner individual members.

The president-elect and at-large directors are selected by vote of all active members. Regional directors are selected by vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region. The affiliate member director is chosen by NAPT business partner individual members only.

Call 800-989-NAPT for additional information from NAPT headquarters. More

How intelligent cars will make driving easier, greener
Popular Science
Lawmakers in Nevada made a pretty forward-thinking move a couple weeks ago when they passed a measure ordering new regulations for driverless cars. But in some ways, the world of self-governing cars is already upon us. Using relatively simple software and adjustments to existing hardware, major automakers in the U.S. and Europe are making cars work smarter and greener in a way that has nothing to do with hybrid engines or alternative fuels.More

Are we drastically underestimating the 'social cost' of carbon emissions?
The Infrastructurist
The "social cost" of carbon emissions is an estimate of economic damage sustained by the release of greenhouse gases. It takes into account the damage caused by climate change — diminished agricultural production, health problems and property damaged by increased risk of natural disasters, for instance — and determines a price that should be paid to avoid these risks. In other words, if the universe could issue you a $5 parking ticket for emissions, the social cost of carbon is the $4 you should pay the meter to avoid the fine.More

Travelers checks: Automatic license plate readers track your every move
The Boston Globe
Remember the furor this spring, when we learned that iPhones and other mobile devices were logging every move their users made? Automatic license plate readers would do something similar to your car.More

UTA hopes to improve rider communication with new signs
Deseret News
As the Utah Transit Authority prepares to open two new TRAX lines, planners are hoping to improve the way passengers are alerted to occasional hiccups in the system. UTA spokesman Brandon Bott said updated electronic signs are being installed at all TRAX stations and are expected to be operating when the West Valley and Mid-Jordan lines open for business Aug. 7.More

Florida makes $63 million selling drivers' info
WPLG-TV
VideoBrief The state of Florida made $63 million last year selling what many think is personal information. "Per federal mandate, there are companies that are entitled to this information. Insurance companies, for example, are entitled to this information. Employers are entitled to this information," said Ann Howard of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.More

States charge students to ride the bus
The Washington Times
Members of one northern Texas community will have to pay for more than just notebooks and pencils this year, as cash-strapped school officials say they are not backing down from a plan to charge students up to $185 a semester for the privilege of riding the bus to school. Ingleside in Texas and Honolulu also recently decided to either add or raise school bus fares, and Memphis, Tenn., schools announced they would postpone the first day of school until city council hands them about $55 million.More

Auburn study: Smoother pavements could save 5 billion gallons of fuel per year for US
Better Roads
A new study shows that one road to energy savings could already be under the wheels of our cars: smoother pavements, according to the National Asphalt Pavement Association. Dr. Richard Willis, an assistant research professor at Auburn University, reported on July 19 that modest improvements in the smoothness of pavements could save up to 3.7 billion gallons of gasoline and 1.3 billion gallons of diesel for the U.S. every year — a total of 5 billion gallons of fuel for the vehicles being driven on our highways.More

Electric vehicle charging stations offered
Fleet Owner
MyFleetDept.com has reached agreement with DBT USA, a subsidiary of DBT, to provide electric vehicle charging stations in the U.S. DBT has deployed more than 6,000 such units in more than 20 countries and has recently opened a U.S. facility in Chicago. MyFleetDept.com will offer DBT's full line of Class I, II and III charging stations along with project management, installation and maintenance services.More

500 bus data signs to be installed
Irish Times
The launch of real-time information signs for bus passengers in Dublin will be a "huge addition" to the city, according to Minister of State Alan Kelly. More than 300 bus information signs will be in operation by September, increasing to 500 between Dublin and Cork by the end of the year, he said.More

Facebook, Time Warner join to stop cyber bullying
eSchool News
A new partnership between Facebook and Time Warner aims to expand the companies' individual efforts to prevent online bullying. The initiative, called "Stop Bullying: Speak Up," will combine broadcast, print, online and social media outlets to get parents, teachers and youth speaking about cyber bullying prevention.More