October 30 — November 4
NAPT is climbing the summit in Portland, Oregon, this year and our 36th Annual Conference & Trade Show offers something for everyone. Visit us online 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. Make your hotel reservation.
2010 NAPT Summit Program Announcement! The NAPT Board of Directors and the NAPT Program Committee are pleased to announce the release of the tentative program and list of workshops that will be available at the 2010 NAPT Summit. View the newly released and updated tentative agenda for a list of Workshop Topics and download a copy of the Conference Registration form. For additional information visit NAPT's home page.
Visit "NAPT Summit—Weekly Highlights" category toward the bottom of this brief for weekly featured topics.
Motorists drive more, die less as traffic fatalities fall
USA Today Share
U.S. traffic fatalities are at a record low despite drivers traveling farther than they did in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study of traffic injuries and fatalities in 2009 found that 33,808 people were killed in vehicular accidents, which is a decline of 9.7 percent from 2008's figures. In fact, you'd have to go all the way back to 1950 to find a year when fewer people were killed. More
Transportation department to host second Distracted Driving Summit
Collision Week Share
The U.S. Transportation Department will be holding its second National Distracted Driving Summit on September 21 in Washington, DC. Secretary Ray LaHood will convene transportation officials, safety advocates, law enforcement, industry representatives, researchers, and victims affected by distraction-related crashes to address challenges and identify opportunities for national anti-distracted driving efforts. "Working together, we can put an end to the thousands of needless deaths and injuries caused by distracted driving each year," said Secretary LaHood. "By getting the best minds together, I believe we can figure out how to get people to put down their phones and pay attention to the road." More
Environmentalists want 60 mpg by 2025
The Miami Herald Share
The strategy for reducing the smog, soot and global warming pollutants belched from car and truck exhaust pipes has focused largely on increasing the miles these vehicles get per gallon. Federal Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation officials are expected to release their proposals to reduce vehicle pollutants and increase fuel efficiency by the end of September. Groups including the National Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and the Union of Concerned Scientists already have a goal — they want cars and trucks to achieve an average 60 mpg by 2025. More
4,000 small school buses are recalled
The New York Times Share
About 4,000 small buses used by schools are being recalled due to a fire hazard, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The vehicles are 2004–10 Thomas Built Minotour models assembled on top of a chassis made by the Ford Motor Company. The vehicles hold up to 30 passengers. More
New grant program seeks solutions to toughest classroom challenges
eSchool News Share
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has partnered with the nation's largest teachers union and its charitable foundation to launch a grant program encouraging public school educators to identify and solve K-12 education's most pressing classroom challenges. The new "Challenge to Innovate" (C2i) program leverages ED's Open Innovation Portal to solicit ideas in a process known as "crowdsourcing," in which officials tap the collective wisdom of a large group of people through the power of the internet. More
Jobs money flowing, but not smoothly
Education Week News Share
Federal money from the $10 billion Education Jobs Fund is headed to state coffers—but not without what appear to be some initial implementation wrinkles and controversies. Charter school advocates, for example, have voiced dismay that some charters may have a tough time tapping into the fund passed by Congress this summer and meant to help prevent the layoff of teachers and other education workers. More
Car booster seats make gains in insurance testing
The Associated Press via Google News Share
Car booster seats have made strides in ensuring a proper fit for children in the back seat, according to a review by the insurance industry, though just over 10 percent of those evaluated weren't recommended. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave its top marks to 21 of 72 booster seats it evaluated for properly restraining children, or about 30 percent, according to results released recently. Last year, the Institute only handed out its "best bet" citation to nine of the 60 seats it reviewed, or 15 percent. More
Make school bus safety a priority
Savannah Morning News Share
More than 24 million students nationwide ride a school bus to and from school each day. Getting on and off the bus is the most dangerous part of the bus ride. As a parent, you can help children learn how to safely wait for the bus, move around it and be a safe passenger. If you think a bus stop is in a dangerous place, talk with your school office or transportation director about changing it. More
Schools thinking green, saving green
The Medford Sun Share
The Medford Township School District in Haddonfield, N.J., is seeing nothing but sunshine these days. Installation has begun on a solar project that will cover five elementary schools and a transportation center in solar electric generation panels. The system will save the district $7.3 million over the next 15 years, officials said. The schools and transportation center will also have ground arrays. Medford's solar electric generation station will be the largest in a K-12 district in the state, and one of the largest in the country. More
Production of stimulus-aided car batteries revs up
The Associated Press via Google News Share
The first wave of mass-produced advanced batteries funded by the Obama administration's economic recovery program is starting to roll off assembly lines, setting the stage for new hybrid and electric vehicles. So how will consumers respond? Fending off criticism of the $787 billion stimulus program, the administration has cited the battery industry as one of the success stories. With new facilities coming online in the Midwest, battery manufacturers for the advanced vehicles are providing a test case for the government's attempt to revive the economy. More
Special Guest Speaker - Martin Daum
Join us for this keynote Monday, Nov. 1, 2010 from 8:45 — 10:15 a.m.
Join IC Bus for a "field trip" to learn how a school bus purchase can provide you with more than just the bus. You'll take a trip to the Navistar Portland Parts Distribution Center, enjoy lunch, go on a tour of the Center to see the state of the art process for parts distribution, then learn from Navistar and IC Bus experts on how Navistar and IC Bus go "beyond the bus" with parts, service, and training programs you can use to lower costs and maximize your school bus operations.
Who can attend? All full conference Summit attendees and their registered guests. Attendance is limited to the first 105 to register. If you are unsure of your registration status for the Summit, please contact NAPT Headquarters at 800-989-6278.
Date: Monday, November 1st
Time: 11:00 a.m. PST — Pick up from outside Oregon Convention Center
2:00 p.m. PST — Return to Oregon Convention Center (approximately)
Agenda is as follows:
11:00 a.m. — Depart Oregon Convention Center
11:30 a.m. — Lunch
12:00 p.m. — Session 1, Parts Support
12:30 p.m. — Session 2, Parts Support
1:00 p.m. — Session 3, PDC Tour
1:30 p.m. — Depart from Navistar Parts Distribution Center
2:00 p.m. — Arrive Oregon Convention CenterB
Registration: In order to pre-register for this event, please click "Register for this Event" below. You will be prompted to login to the NAPT site. Once logged in, you will need to fill out and submit a simple form in order become registered.
Any questions regarding this event can be directed to Keith Kladder, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration starts on Sept. 1, 2010 and ends on Oct. 29, 2010.
Late registration starts on Oct. 30, 2010.
All times are 12:00 a.m. (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (U.S. & Canada).
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