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Congress Considering Legislation to Make States Prohibit Cell Use Behind the Wheel
from AASHTO Journal
The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will meet to hear from U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski regarding combating distracted driving, including whether the federal government should require states to ban drivers from talking on handheld cellphones and texting. The House Highways and Transit Subcommittee will also meet for a hearing on addressing the problem of distracted driving.
Penalized for Pollution, Major Bus Firm to Reduce Idling
from Environmental Leader
As part of a settlement for clean air violations, under the Clean Air Act, school bus operator First Student Inc. has agreed to reduce idling from its nationwide fleet of 50,000 school buses. The company will also pay a fine of $128,000 and perform environmental projects valued at more than $1 million.
Safety Board Issues Wake-Up Call on Sleep Disorder
from Associated Press
Safety investigators have sent government agencies a wake-up call about sleep apnea, a disorder that's showing up in a wide range of transportation accidents. The National Transportation Safety Board said that commercial truck and bus drivers and merchant ship pilots should be screened for sleep apnea.
Michigan Schools Are Reeling After Funding Blow
from Detroit Free Press
While arguments raged in the Capitol over the state budget and taxes, local Detroit school officials were stunned with news of another state funding body slam. Gov. Jennifer Granholm said she had no choice but to order an additional $212-million cut from aid to schools. That works out to a $127-per-pupil cut, coming on top of the $165-per-pupil cut in the new budget she recently signed.
Magic Fuel Bus: High School Students Power Bus with Bio-Diesel
from FOX News
Students at the small East Burke High School in rural Connelly Springs, North Carolina, are taking the chemistry lesson out of the lab by turning used cooking oil into bio-diesel. In the past year, the students have made over 90 gallons of fuel from the used food product, which the local school district uses to power school buses.
School Bus Camera Shows Drivers Illegally Passing Stopped Bus
The results of a pilot program that used cameras on school buses to record how many drivers illegally passed stopped school buses has been recently released. In New York's Bethlehem Central School District, a camera mounted on a single bus documented 20 illegal passes during a 40-day period that began in April.
BUS-WATCH® by REI
Safety on the street is important, but did you know that the Bus Watch program starts on the inside of your buses? More Info.
Want to Design Smarter Intersections? Use Less Control, Not More
Drivers in the United States are faced with a constant barrage of traffic signs, lights and signals all meant to navigate them safely through the sea of cars, pedestrians and bicycles without incident. Instead of trying to micromanage every aspect of safe driving with signs, signals and laws, a better approach would be to utilize what should be the smartest part of the car - the driver.
As Hybrid Buses Get Cheaper, Cities Fill Their Fleets
from The New York Times
If you wonder whether hybrid-electric vehicles will ever catch on, simply ask one of the millions of people who ride in them every day. Hybrid-electric buses, that is. New York, by far, has the nation’s biggest fleet of hybrid buses, which run on electricity and diesel fuel, with nearly 1,000 in all five boroughs, most in Manhattan.
Project News: The Latest CVIS Developments
from ERTICO News
The CVIS Project has been very active of late, with a number of achievements and imminent events. Read on to find out the latest developments in CVIS!
Funding for School Bus Inspections Cut
from 9&10 News-TV
Funding for state mandated school bus inspections has been cut. The law requires that schools have every bus inspected by the Michigan State Police every year. The law is still in place, but funding for the inspection program is gone and inspectors are being laid off. Schools are left wondering what will happen next year when their safety certifications expire.
Navistar Executive Thomas R. Cellitti Named to NAPT Hall of Fame
from IC Bus and NAPT
Thomas R. Cellitti, senior vice president of integrated quality and reliability at Navistar, will be inducted on Sunday, November 1, 2009 into the National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT) Hall of Fame. More
2009 Elections to Feature Electronic Balloting
All NAPT members can vote electronically in the association's 2009 elections. Any time between 10 a.m., EST on Monday, Nov. 2, and 12 noon, EST on Wednesday, Nov. 4, NAPT members can go to the NAPT web site, click on the link entitled "2009 Elections," and log in to the online election site using your NAPT user name and member number. The site contains a profile of each candidate and a ballot for each election.
In order to access the election ballot, you must know your current NAPT user name and member number and be a current, active member of NAPT. If you do not know your user name and member number, you will not be able to vote online. If you are unsure of this information or your membership status, please contact NAPT headquarters before Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 800-989-NAPT or via email. More
NAPT and 247Security Inc Announce An Exciting New Offer to NAPT Members
from 247Security and NAPT
For a limited time, 247Security's new 600 series DVR will be offered to NAPT members at a 'made for NAPT' price that could save NAPT members up to $1 Million dollars.
Washington State Officials Use Zonar Systems to Create Maintenance Training Programs
from Zonar Systems
The Washington State Patrol and the state's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction have teamed up to inspect over 13,000 buses using equipment from Zonar Systems - which provides one of NAPT's Recommended Products - and now have the ability to use data to create targeted training programs in response to maintenance problems at state and district levels.
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|| Product Showcase: Innovative Transportation Solutions|
|Innovative Transportation Solutions "iTS" – formally known as Region 4 Transportation Solutions: In order to serve you better Region 4 Transportation Solutions has changed its name. Bring a copy of this article from the NAPT Multi View News Brief to booth #537 and ask about the services "iTS" provides and receive our cute school bus gift. Visit our web site at www.itranssolutions.org|
|| Product Showcase: UltraLED
The all-new UltraLED warning lamp from Heavy Duty Bus Parts, Inc. helps to insure student passenger safety through greater visibility of the school bus. Dual flash patterns provide a choice of “steady state” or “rapid flash” to provide the same attention getting strobe like effect found on most emergency vehicles today at the affordable cost of under $50. UltraLED from Heavy Duty Bus Parts, Inc. More info|
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Real-time Bus and Student Locator
Adjust transportation services on-the-go, respond to events and compare real-time data versus planned with VEO AVL from Trapeze. Using automatic vehicle location technology, VEO AVL monitors bus and student locations at all times and lets you compare AVL data with planned route data to drive further efficiencies, cost savings and improved safety and security. Download more information.
|| Product Showcase: ZONAR'S ZING|
ZONAR'S ZING is a powerful and intuitive dispatch, route management, navigation and two-way text messaging application that gives fleet managers unprecedented, real-time visibility and control. Two-way text messaging provides a powerful and easy-to-use communication link between drivers and dispatchers. ZING's user-friendly interface leverages the familiar look and feel of Zonar’s suite of award-winning productivity solutions. More info
|| Product Showcase: EduRunBuilder|
EduRunBuilder captures GPS and transportation specific data using a basic cell phone, making route data collection simple! The intuitive interface requires almost no training or understanding of software operations and audible voice prompts make the process fool proof. Simply put, there is no easier or quicker way to gather required transportation information than EduRunBuilder. More info