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Working to stop teens texting behind the wheel
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Kids say they just can't help it: They pretty much text all day long — even while driving. And texting and driving is a dangerous combination. Research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that in 2008 alone, nearly 6,000 people were killed and more than 500,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. While drivers face any number of distractions — including eating while driving, talking to passengers and controlling young children — highway safety experts say cell phone use and texting are increasingly worrisome. More

First Student to equip entire fleet of 60,000 vehicles with Zonar
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Zonar Systems announced that the roll-out of its electronic fleet management solution was underway by First Student, the largest provider of school transportation services in North America. First Student's entire fleet of 60,000 vehicles will be outfitted with Zonar's unique vehicle inspection, tracking and fleet operations solutions. More

With gas prices on the rise, studies show riding public transit could result in huge savings
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According to the 2010 edition of the AAA annual report, "Your Driving Costs", the cost of owning and operating a vehicle has increased 4.8 percent since last year. The leading factor was the rise in higher fuel prices. The increase, along with higher gas prices compared with this time last year, means that transit riders can now save approximately $762 more in commuting costs annually. More

Bus crash caught on camera
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An on-board camera captures video of what happens to passengers on impact of a bus crash in Oshkosh, Wis., when a city vehicle fails to yield, causing the accident. This brings up the debated subject of the benefits for having seat belts installed on public buses. More

Win Free Registration to TSD&P

It's a Theme Contest! Submit the winning theme for the 20th National Special Needs Transportation Conference in Kansas City and your conference registration fee will be waived. Entries must be received via email by May 20. Details are at The only national conference on special needs transportation offers workable solutions and practical answers to your pressing issues.

Electric car advocates use oil spill as (another) reason to call for a new direction for US transportation
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Reasons to do everything we can to prevent more oil spills are endless: the complications and hazards involved in cleaning up the mess; the environmental issues caused by the chemicals meant to do the cleaning up; the devastation to local wildlife; the damage to local economies and livelihoods; and the legal battles that arise — which to some extent have already started. A federal court stopped BP from forcing fisherman volunteering with cleanup efforts to sign away their right to free speech, but there is still some talk that the company has been trying to convince Gulf Coast residents to sign away their right to sue in exchange for $5,000 in cash. More

An EKG for cracking bridges
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Most bridge inspections in the U.S. are conducted visually, even though a 2001 study by the Federal Highway Administration showed that 56 percent of bridge condition and safety ratings gleaned from such inspections were inaccurate. Nearly a decade later, the inspection process hasn't changed much. But several calamities have sparked a national debate over how to maintain bridges as America's infrastructure ages. 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: MORE

FMCSA launches Pre-Employment Screening Program
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The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration launched its Pre-Employment Screening Program, which allows commercial motor carrier companies to electronically access driver inspection and crash records as a part of the hiring process. More

Advertising does its part in war on terror
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As Lance Orton — the Vietnam vet turned sidewalk vendor who alerted police to a bomb-filled SUV parked in New York's Times Square — made his way through a swarm of reporters, he was asked to share a comment with the public about his heroic efforts. The reply was simple: "See something, say something." More

Motivating Gen X, Gen Y workers
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Traditional approaches to motivating employees have hit a snag; they don't seem to apply to the contemporary generation of employees, called Generation X and Generation Y (or Millenials). More

VEO for Special Education Routing Software

Looking for a product that will manage your Special Education daily changes? Want daily route schedules? Want to optimize your fleet? Try Trapeze VEO for Special Education!

NHTSA official offers lukewarm endorsement of auto safety bill
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The nation's top highway safety regulator offered a limited endorsement of a proposed law that would give the federal government greater leverage over automakers by enacting new safety standards and significantly raising the maximum fines for violations of federal safety rules. The measure would put the auto industry on the same footing as other industries subject to federal oversight, said David Strickland, chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More

AngelTrax introduces FlexPlay™ - playback software that practically thinks for you

With FlexPlay™ you can review video data files in a matter of seconds. It instantly retrieves recorded video data and displays it on the player for viewing.

Smart phones + shared cars = better urban living
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The days of wondering when — or whether — your bus will show up may be nearing an end if you happen to live in one of America's more progressive metropolitan areas. And for those who live in fairly dense urban areas, the need to own a car will be diminishing, too. More

Car of the future could include personalized dashboards
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You can change the icons and the way they're arranged on your personal computer at will. And you can change which applications appear on the initial screen of a smartphone. So why can't you customize your car's dashboard display? Cisco thinks you will able to do just that in future. More

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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.


Larson Award: Highlighting Excellence
Self-assessment is always beneficial

The deadline is approaching for the coveted Larson Quality Award once again. The application process for the award is a unique opportunity to put your organization to the test. During the rigorous assessment, you will highlight people and processes that are exceptional while also determining areas that need improvement. Optimizing performance, increasing efficiency, minimizing risk and promoting good morale are noticeable outcomes. This continual re-tooling ensures superior standards in school transportation.

Candidates who participate will document aspects of their operation in a three phase process that examines administrative and operational components. The methodical analysis, highlights in-place quality standards and illustrates areas that need improvement. The prestigious prize is the culmination of a comprehensive, peer-reviewed evaluation that includes on-site scrutiny of facilities, equipment and operations.

The award was conceived by school bus industry icon Leland E. G. Larson, former owner and president of School Bus Services Inc., based out of Gresham, Ore. An innovative thinker who focused on superior customer service, he endowed the program to recognize quality and reward innovation. Winners will receive $1,500 and a commemorative plaque at the NAPT 34th Annual Conference and Trade Show, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Candidates are encouraged to apply before the June 15 deadline. Applications can be accessed online. Submit to NAPT, 1840 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203. For questions call 800-989-6278.

NAPT's 7th annual nationwide search to find America's Best School Bus Technician and School Bus Inspector will be hosted by Jasper Engines and Transmissions, September 28 - October 1 in Jasper, Imd.

The America's Best Competition will provide the latest in School Bus training and determine America's Best School Bus Technician and Inspector.

This contest is unique in that the competition will be integrated with a variety of workshops for both Technicians and Inspectors related to components and systems on school buses.

The competition and training workshop is limited to one Inspector and one Technician per state. All technical participants must be currently employed in a position requiring the regular/frequent maintenance and/or repair of school buses. All inspector participants must be currently employed in a position requiring the regular/frequent inspection of school buses.

NAPT's Annual America's Best Competition is co-sponsored by Hydrotex, Bus Parts Warehouse, Zonar Systems and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. In addition both Bus Parts Warehouse and Zonar Systems provide a scholarship that enables the winners of the "Americas' Best" competition to attend the Annual NAPT Conference & Trade Show, where America's Best Technician and America's Best Inspector will be honored during an awards ceremony. Information about the conference will be available online at as well as by calling NAPT Headquarters at 800-989-6278.

For more information regarding the competition and training you may visit the America's Best website.

You can contact any of the America's Best committee members listed.

You may also contact Marshall Casey at (803) 734 – 8250 or email him at

2010 NSBSW Posters Available Through NAPT

2010 National School Bus Safety Week
"Cross In View, It's the Right Thing to Do!"
October 18-22

National School Bus Safety Week Posters (illustrated above) are now available free of charge, as long as supplies last. Contact Lynn Martin to receive them at

Note: The Poster Contest and Safety Week are two different events. The 2010 Poster theme becomes the 2011 National School Bus Safety Week theme and is an active and evolving public education program designed to promote school bus safety. ***If your students are drawing posters for the 2010 competition, they should be using the poster theme: "Be Aware - Know the Danger Zone!"

Transporting Children With Disabilities - 4th Edition , authored by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $14.99, plus shipping. The non-member rate is $24.99, plus shipping.

Transporting Children With Disabilities - 4th Edition contains useful definitions of transportation and related special education terms as well as characteristics of children with special needs and special considerations for transporting children with special needs. This popular publication also explains the legal basis for special needs transportation in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and contains information about new Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations.

To order your copy, please email NAPT Marketing and Communications Specialist Lynn Martin today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.

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 tentative program for a list of Workshop Topics and download a copy of the Conference Registration form. For additional information visit NAPT's home page.

We look forward to seeing you in Portland!

NAPT Free Webinar Series

Creating an Environment Where Everyone Can Learn: Addressing bullying and harassment in our schools
May 19, 2010
2:00 to 3:00 PM, ET

Kevin Jennings
Webinar Description: Kids can't learn if they don't feel safe and secure. Period. It's that simple. In this unprecedented outreach to the school transportation industry, Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education Kevin Jennings, who heads the federal Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, will explain the importance of eliminating bullying and harassment as education issues that detract from a student's ability to focus on learning and will discuss how the Education Department plans to create truly safe schools - where every student feels like they belong, where every student feels secure, and where every student feels valued – as part of the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA.)

About the Speaker: Kevin Jennings was appointed by United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in July 2009 as Assistant Deputy Secretary to head the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. Kevin is the first career educator to hold this position and brings to this role 25 years of experience as, a teacher, a writer, and a leader in the fields of K-12 education and civil rights.

A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., he became the first member of his family to graduate from college when he received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University. He taught high school history for ten years during which he served as faculty advisor for the nation's first gay-Straight Alliance student club and also founded the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in 1990, launching his life's dedication to seeking to ensure that schools are safe places where every young person can focus on learning. In 1995 he left teaching to become GLSEN's founding Executive Director, a position he held for 14 years before stepping down in late 2008.

Mr. Jennings was named in 1997 to Newsweek magazine's Century Club as one of 100 people to watch in the new century. He received his master's degree in interdisciplinary studies in education in 1994 from Columbia University and earned an M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business in 1999. He has authored six books, the latest of which, Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son, was named a Book of Honor by the American Library Association in 2006. He was also a writer and producer of the documentary Out of the Past, winner of the 1998 Sundance Film Festival Award for Best Documentary. Among his many honors Mr. Jennings has received the Distinguished Service Award of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Human & Civil Rights Award of the National Education Association, and the Diversity Leadership Award of the National Association of Independent Schools.

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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.To get real Ground Traffic Control™ visit or call 1.877.843.3847.
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 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 or call (866) 740-8994 for a FREE internet or onsite software demonstration.

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