NAPT MultiView News Brief
Nov. 1, 2011

NAPT Professional Growth Policy update
The NAPT Board approved at its meeting on Oct. 21 extensive changes to the association's Professional Development Series and the association's Professional Certification Program. The changes, which take effect today, are explained in a PPT presentation that is posted on the NAPT website. Please visit or call us at 800-989-NAPT for additional information.More

NTSB study shows rapid growth of curbside carriers poses challenges for effective safety oversight
National Transportation Safety Board
National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman was recently joined by U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez to release the results of a six-month study on curbside motorcoach safety initiated following a series of accidents in this rapidly growing industry. The study — requested by Sen. Schumer and Rep. Velázquez following the March 12, bus crash in the Bronx that killed 15 and injured 18 more — highlights key safety issues related to this fast-growing segment of the transportation industry.More

Saluting school bus safety
NTSB Safety Compass
National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman writes, "Here's a measure of school bus safety: Among student fatalities during normal school hours, more than half were traveling with a teen driver, under one-fourth with an adult driver and just 1 percent were traveling by school bus. In addition to transporting our children safely, there's another big benefit to the big yellow bus. It would take 36 cars to carry the students who travel on one school bus. On a yearly basis, school buses keep an estimated 17.3 million cars off the roads surrounding our schools."More

2011 Operation Safe Driver week asks all drivers to safely share the road
Department of Transportation Fastlane
Each year, nearly 4,000 people are killed in crashes that involve a large truck or bus. And nearly 90 percent of those crashes have driver-related causes. As Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Executive Director Stephen Keppler said, "These deaths are the direct result of unsafe and aggressive driving practices by both passenger and commercial vehicle drivers." Every year, law enforcement officers across North America actively target these drivers during Operation Safe Driver week, a program sponsored by CVSA and DOT's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.More

US road travel falls to lowest levels since 2003
USA Today
The Department of Transportation reports that travel on U.S. roadways through the first eight months of this year is down 1.3 percent from a year ago — or 26 billion vehicle miles — and has reached the lowest levels since 2003.More

Districts preparing for new anti-bullying laws to protect students
Utica Observer-Dispatch
On July 1, 2012, the official start of the next school year, New York's anti-bullying legislation — called the Dignity for All Students Act — will go into effect. This year, area districts are preparing for the new law by training their staffs to identify the signs of bullying and to set up an environment in schools that prevents bullying.More

Wagner bill to augment school bus safety laws
The Paramus Post
Assemblywoman Connie Wagner, D-N.J., is pushing legislation that would augment criminal background checks for school bus personnel to include all adults given responsibility for the safety of school children, closing a loophole that has left bus aides free from scrutiny. "This is about protecting our kids and reducing the liability on school districts. If bus drivers must be subjected to criminal background checks, so should the personnel riding on the bus and interacting with our children," said Wagner.More

Forecast: Travel prices set to rise in 2012
The Associated Press via MSNBC
Higher demand and a reduced number of available seats will lead to higher airline ticket prices next year, even in a slow-growing economy, according to the recently released American Express Global Business Travel Forecast. However, prices won't jump as much as they did between 2010 and 2011, the forecast said. Business class airfares are expected to rise the most.More

Policy Options for Reducing Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from US Transportation
Transportation Research Board
TRB Special Report 307: Policy Options for Reducing Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from U.S. Transportation examines the potential for policies to yield major changes in transportation energy use and emissions trends by policy measures targeting cars and light trucks, medium and heavy trucks, and commercial airliners. These three modes are by far the largest users of energy by U.S. transportation because they account for the vast majority of passenger trips and freight.More

Inspections take unsafe bus drivers, vehicles off the road
Democrat and Chronicle
A statewide crackdown on unsafe bus companies in New York resulted in the removal of more than 200 buses and their drivers from the road, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced. The two-week initiative involved the roadside inspection of 1,185 buses. The latest crackdown is part of a bus safety campaign Cuomo announced in March.More