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NAPT awards program
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The National Association for Pupil Transportation, together with support from our sponsors, is proud to offer an annual awards program to individuals and operators responsible for the safe transport of school children. Please consider nominating one of your dedicated staff, as we are accepting applications for the following awards:

IC Driver Trainer Award — Established to recognize school districts with exemplary driver training programs. Deadline: Sept. 1.

Sure-Lok Special Needs Transportation Award — Created to recognize superior special needs transportation service. Deadline: Sept. 1.

Blue Bird Heroism Award — Established to recognize heroism or acts of courage relating to school transportation. Deadline: Sept. 1.

Thomas Built Buses Continuing Education Award — Founded to encourage professional growth in the student transportation industry. Deadline: Sept. 1.

Please log on to our website for applications and additional information:

New online PDS courses now available:

403 — Labor Contract Negotiations and Management
Basic elements of labor contract negotiations including theory and negotiation styles, how to plan for bargaining, contract language and bargaining table behavior are discussed. This course concludes with basic strategies for managing the labor contract you have successfully negotiated. Available July 22.

More courses are on the way!

302 - Budget Development
An introduction to school district transportation budgeting, including understanding the budget cycle, short and long-range planning and enrollment projections for budgeting purposes. Coming soon.

Already available in our ONLINE Shopping Cart:
PDS 101 — Student Transportation Orientation
PDS 201 — Business Writing
PDS 202 — Presentation Skills
PDS 203 — Communications Skills for Transportation Professionals
PDS 204 — Team Communication Strategies
PDS 205 — Managing the Media
PDS 208 — Parent, Administrator, Board and Public Outreach
PDS 301 — Basic School Transportation Accounting
PDS 303 — Procurement and Budget Management
PDS 402 — Managing Human Resources
PDS 405 — Student Needs & Management
PDS 501 — Overseeing a Fleet Maintenance Program
PDS 502 — Advanced Shop Maintenance
PDS 503 — School Bus Specifications
PDS 601 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling I
PDS 602 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling II
PDS 605 — School Transportation Contract Management
PDS 606 — Risk Management and Emergency Planning
PDS 702 — Personal Skills for Managers
PDS 703 — Personal Skills – Time Management
PDS 901 — School Transportation Security Assessment
PDS 902 — Crisis Communication

NAPT members pay just $40 per course! You can sign up for any of these classes by clicking here. Available to non-members for $100.

Or visit our website, for more information.

To find out more about our partner in this endeavor, School Training Solutions, please visit

Bullying Prevention for School Bus Drivers

Brand new course. Solely aimed at training school bus drivers how to identify and deal with bullying and teasing. Already receiving rave reviews. Request free demo DVD or call 1 866 275 7272.



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We will provide frequent updates about program content. In the meantime, feel free to register and reserve your hotel room.

For all summit-related information, please visit and click on the "Annual Summit" tab.

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States define aggressive driving differently
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The term aggressive driving covers a range of unsafe driver behaviors including speeding, running red lights, failure to yield, tailgating and improper passing. To date, 15 states have addressed aggressive driving in their legislatures and 11 states have passed laws specifically defining aggressive driving actions. More

Advertising on school buses softens the budget crunch
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In an era of severe, nationwide school budget cuts, easy money for a school district is hard to pass up. Even if it means selling advertising space on school buses. More

NHTSA study: High-visibility enforcement cuts distracted driving
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently launched two distracted driving enforcement programs in the communities of Hartford, Conn., and Syracuse, New York — two states with laws against texting and hand-held cellphone use while driving — to see if stepped-up enforcement would be effective in stopping this dangerous behavior behind the wheel. More

Chesapeake creating $1 billion fund to boost natural gas use in transportation
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Chesapeake Energy Corp. and CEO Aubrey McClendon are making a bold move toward natural gas for transportation. Chesapeake, which has long proclaimed itself "America's Champion of Natural Gas," is creating a $1 billion venture capital fund to boost demand for natural gas in transportation. More

'Quiet pavement' being tested by more state DOTs
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Freeway noise is one of the biggest public nuisances of modern society, and billions of dollars have been spent erecting sound barriers to muffle the din of constant traffic on America's freeways and thoroughfares. Virginia is joining a growing number of state transportation departments that are experimenting with the roads themselves in order to dampen the noise. More

It's dog vs. machine at congressional hearing on airport security
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What is the best way to search travelers for explosives: Full-body imaging machines, which can see through your clothes? Or Rin Tin Tin, who can't, but might lick your hand? That, unexpectedly, became the most contentious issue at a recent fiery congressional hearing on airport security. More

Connected vehicle driver acceptance clinics coming soon to a community near you
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The charming and heroic stars of Cars 2 and Transformers are not the only talking cars hitting American cities this summer. At DOT, they call them connected vehicles: cars, trucks, buses and other vehicles fitted with technology that allows them — like their big-screen counterparts — to communicate with each other and with roadway infrastructure like traffic lights, dangerous road segments and railroad crossings. More

Road to recovery: Transforming America's transportation
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Unaccountable spending is undermining America's long-term strategic priorities and the nation’s infrastructure is crumbling. Failure to reform the transportation system risks deepening the United States' dependence on oil, eroding economic competitiveness and increasing climate disruption. Waiting to make real improvements only drives up future costs, whereas responsible policies can improve transportation and reduce the national deficit today. More

Chamber of Commerce, House Republicans in dust-up over highway bill
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The House transportation committee is in a war of words with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other critics over proposed long-term highway and surface transportation funding. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee recently released details of a proposal to extend the expired Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: a Legacy for Users. The Republican plan proposes spending $230 billion over a six-year period for highway and transportation infrastructure, but committee Democrats, the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have attacked the plan for not spending enough. More

Children predict the future of technology
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There might be a reason why the iPad is so popular with young children: It’s intuitive, touchable and an extension of oneself — features that, according to a new survey, young children are asking for. According to the study, titled "Children's Future Requests for Computers & the Internet," children ages 12 and under are predicting that the future of media and technology lies in better integrating digital experiences with real-world places and activities. More

Motor carriers asked to weigh in on CSA
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The American Transportation Research Institute has launched a survey to identify the impacts of CSA — Compliance, Safety and Accountability — enforcement on trucking operations, as well as carrier perceptions and attitudes toward the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new regulatory program. More

NSBSW posters available through NAPT

2011 National School Bus Safety Week
'Be Aware – Know The Danger Zone!'
Oct. 17-21

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

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 2011 competition, they should be using the poster theme: "I See The Driver – The Driver Sees Me!"

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