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Federal judge tosses suit against red light camera tickets
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Cities are using red-light cameras legally in Washington, and drivers caught by them are not being overcharged, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Court Judge John Coughenour rejected the claims of a group of plaintiffs who filed a class-action suit last June. They said drivers were paying millions of dollars more than they should as cities sought to make the cameras a moneymaking venture. More



NAPT Recommended Service
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NAPT is pleased to announce the latest addition to the NAPT Recommended Products Program - American Logistics Company LLC, a national transportation management company serving school districts. ALC uses its proprietary ParaMax® software to assess a school district's current transportation program and define maximum efficiency algorithms that "right size" each transportation route and identify the optimum mix of dedicated buses and non-dedicated alternative transportation solutions required to cost-effectively serve each trip. With ParaMax®, ALC can lower the costs associated with transporting special needs students an average of 20 percent by reducing the required number of buses and their associated costs.
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Kansas City is Site for TSD&P, 2011

Budget now and plan to attend the 20th National Conference & Exhibition on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in downtown Kansas City, MO. Room rate at the Hotel is $119 per night. The 14th National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo will be held at Liberty High School. Program details will be available in September. For 2010 program events see
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Two more hybrid buses join state fleet to help reduce pollution, lessen health risks
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Two more hybrid diesel/electric school buses are going on the road in South Carolina's continuing effort to help cut pollution from older diesel vehicles. The newest low-emission hybrids are being assigned to routes in the Aiken and Charleston County school districts. Similar vehicles are expected to be delivered to two upstate districts within a month. More

School board to weigh new bus purchases
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Pennsylvania's Springfield Township School Board will consider a recommendation to trade in one school bus and purchase three in order to meet demand. Director of Transportation Wayne Johnston told the school board that the district pays about $20,000 to $35,000 a year to contract buses for times when there are not enough vehicles available for extracurricular activities and athletics. More



House OKs bill that would end some bus service for students
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Thousands of Utah junior high and high school students could lose school bus services if a bill that gained overwhelming support in the House passes. More

AT&T launches new campaign on dangers of texting while driving
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Wireless telecommunications giant AT&T Inc. has launched a new campaign to warn cell phone users about the dangers of texting while driving. The campaign is titled "It can wait." More



Taxes and fees grow for air travelers
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A recent search for a flight from New York to London turned up an eye-catching fare: $229 each way on several airlines. But nine government taxes and fees added $162 — more than a quarter of the total ticket price. More

Inspections find more than 25 percent of school buses in Connecticut unfit to use
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When a state inspector spotted a full-size school bus on the road with no brake lights, he ordered the Specialty Transportation Inc. vehicle back to the company's yard for a full examination. Inside the gates, bus drivers were eager to see him. More

Specialized Trip Software Maximizes Efficiency
EasyBus is the only software company in the industry focused primarily on software for managing field trips and charters, and now offers a special discount for educational institutions. If you need trip or charter software written "Just For You," you can learn more about our products, sign up for a personal demo, and get pricing at www.easybus.com. MORE


7 ways to build a loyal team
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It might sounds crazy to talk about worker loyalty at a time when big companies routinely show longtime employees the door. But loyalty isn't dead. Instead, it has shifted, with few people nowadays feeling loyal to the company overall or even the people running the business. More

Build smarter, not bigger
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Policymakers, transportation industry executives and metro planners are gathering in Washington to discuss a smarter transportation system for the 21st century. The timing turns out to be quite apt – just over a year ago the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law. More



Four-day school weeks?
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The Wall Street Journal reported on a growing trend of schools districts cutting their school weeks down to four days in order to cut costs and help minimize their budget deficits. The system is already in place in 100 districts in 17 states as one less day will decrease the costs for transportation expenses and utilities, along with pay for custodial workers, cafeteria workers and bus drivers. More

As more red-light cameras go up, one Seattleite makes a case for giving in
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An unwelcome envelope recently landed on my desk. Inside were incriminating, time-lapse photos of what appeared to be me committing a crime. There I was - my car, anyway - running a red light, caught red-handed. I felt dirty. I felt spied upon. I felt like a teenager caught in a lie by my parents. More

They're Simple! Effective! Convenient!

Espar Independent Heating Systems enable drivers to pre-heat their school buses offering warm starts, defrosted windows and a safe and comfortable environment for students, all without engine idling.
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U.S. police partner with license plate readers
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A growing number of police departments are turning to mobile camera systems to fight motor vehicle theft and identify unregistered cars. More

This time, let's ban texting while driving
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For the last two years of Florida's legislative sessions, bill after bill has been introduced to outlaw the practice of texting while driving. This year, 17 bills prohibiting this practice, sponsored or co-sponsored by 20 percent of the Legislature, have been filed. Perhaps the third time is the charm. More

Cook-Illinois Corporation Among Greenest in Country
Cook-Illinois Corporation was the first in Illinois to switch to biodiesel fuel, create a clean air museum for kids and purchase a hybrid school bus. Check us out at: www.cookillinois.com. MORE

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NAPT SUMMIT
October 30 - November 4

NAPT is climbing the summit in Portland, Ore., this year and our annual conference offers something for everyone. Visit us online at www.napt.org and watch for updates on the program and see why getting to the NAPT Summit should be at the top of your "to do list" in 2010.

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Please Help Us Promote the Yellow School Bus!

NAPT has been calling since early 2007 for a federal campaign to promote the yellow school and we now have a shot to make it happen. Several members of Congress have agreed to send a letter to the Secretary of Transportation urging him to allocate $5 million dollars from his budget for this project. The more members of Congress that support this effort, the better our chance of success.

Please write your local representative and encourage him/her to support this endeavor. A sample letter you can send has been provided on our NAPT Web site in the Industry News section. Please fax or email your letter to your Congressional representative, as this is the fastest method of delivery. To find your local representative, visit this Web site: www.house.gov.

As you know, the yellow school bus is the safest form of ground transportation in the country - it saves lives, reduces energy consumption, diminishes traffic congestion, and therefore, also helps the environment. Now is the time to let everyone in on the story.


Please act today!

NAPT Free Webinar Series


MARCH WEBINAR

WHAT:  Social Media, Part 1
WHEN: March 17
TIME: 2:00 PM, ET

Webinar Description: Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, LinkedIn, MySpace, YouTube. So many options, potentially so much time. How can you use social media to connect with your constituents and still have time to sleep at night? In part 1 of this 2 part webinar series, we'll talk about what is social media and cover the first 2 of 4 pillars of your social media plan - listening and building relationships.

About the Speaker: Gregg Marshall, CSP, CPMR, is president of Rep Connection Inc., a consulting company that works to help maximize the effectiveness of manufacturers and their professional outsourced field sales forces (reps), especially in the areas of electronic commerce and partner results optimization. He is also a frequent speaker and author.

Gregg Marshall
President of Rep Connection, Inc.
Speaker, Author, Consultant
www.repconnection.com



APRIL WEBINAR

WHAT:  Creating a Culture of Service Excellence
WHEN: April 8
TIME: 1:00 PM, ET

Webinar Description: Service excellence is more than smiling nice and maintaining good eye contact. It is an all-encompassing approach to making "excellence" the way you do business. "Everything Speaks" in your environment, what people see, hear, smell and touch impacts their experience. Even if you never "sell" a product, everyone your organization interacts  with is a customer, even your employees. Today's customer is looking for value  and for the organization that is focused on delivering that value and earning their trust. This webinar will share insights on how your organization can consistently deliver superior value to its customers.

About the Speaker: Teri Yanovitch, former keynote speaker at the Disney Institute, shares best practices of customer service developed at the Walt Disney Company. She is the co-author of two books: "Unleashing Excellence - The Complete Guide to Ultimate Customer Service" and "Retain or Retrain - How to Keep The Good Ones From Leaving."

Teri Yanovitch
Speaker, Author, Consultant
www.teriyanovitch.com


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Zonar's new K12™
Industry leading Zonar Systems now offers its professional grade GPS/Vehicle Telematics platform at an attractive new price point. Zonar's new K12™ was built specifically for the pupil transportation market and is available to NAPT members for $135.00.
Synovia
Synovia's Time and Attendance capabilities will help you eliminate wasteful spending and increase the accountability from your drivers. Our software integrates seamlessly with many payroll systems, helping you save money on payroll and administrative time and helping streamline an otherwise manual process. For high value and unbeatable ROI, visit us online at www.synoviacorp.com or call 1.877.SYNOVIA.
BusBoss™ SaaS
BusBoss™ SaaS is a powerful, easy to use and very affordable web-based routing and scheduling software solution. There’s no software to install, no hardware to set-up and is accessible whether you’re in the office or on the go. To find out more on how BusBoss™ SaaS can save your operation time and money visit us online at www.busboss.com or call (866) 740-8994 for a FREE internet or onsite software demonstration.




#1 Bus Conduct Tracking System

Easily report & track discipline problems; instant email notifications. Web-based, nothing to install! Free trial, low cost.


Plan Now for National Special Needs Roadeo

It's Kansas City for the 14th National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo. Dates are March 11-13, 2011. More.

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