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NAPT, RTA partner to offer 2013 school transportation conference in Dubai
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NAPT has agreed to help the Roads and Transport Authority in the Emirate of Dubai create a conference in the Middle East entitled, "Shaping Sustainable School Transportation with Policy, Attitude and Action." It will be held in Dubai, UAE from April 21-23, 2013.

Our partners at the Roads and Transport Authority of the Emirate of Dubai want to create an inclusive yet select forum for policy makers, policy shapers and providers of relevant products and services to discuss and explore best practices in school transportation, particularly in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

We are still working on the program but have identified the following subjects of discussion:
  1. Regulation and Legislation
  2. Planning and Operation
  3. Safety in School Transportation
  4. Technology & Security in School Transportation
  5. Student Management
  6. Managing the Challenges of Students with Special Needs
  7. Marketing and Awareness
We expect the conference to include an exhibition area where everyone can come together and share information in an active, hands-on format. Our discussions with RTA about the details are ongoing and we will provide additional information about the event as they become available. Watch your inbox for updates coming soon.


Advocates say bus underride guards could save lives
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When a Brighton High School student driving three friends plowed into the back of a school bus Oct. 9, there was nothing to stop his car until it sat mangled underneath the bus' rear bumper. What if there had been? Traffic safety advocates say the underride guards that are mandated on semi-trailers would also save lives on buses, including school buses like the one involved in the Brighton crash. More

NTSB to hold press conference to announce its 2013 Most Wanted List
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The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a press conference at the National Press Club on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to unveil its 2013 Most Wanted List of transportation safety issues. More

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School bus safety urged
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All schools nationwide should purchase school buses in accordance with an approved list of qualified vehicle types and vendors in order to ensure safety, the Ministry of Education said in a circular recently published. The circular said all school buses purchased by elementary schools and kindergartens should be bought from approved vendors, adding that schools that do not do so will lose their licenses. More

Stereo cameras spot pedestrians, stop your car
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Stereoscopic vision helps humans and other highly evolved species spot prey and predators. It's also why two cameras mounted on your windshield are better at spotting hazards, sending that information to the active safety system, and stopping your car before you take out Grandma. More

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Distracted driving enforcement pilot begins in Delaware
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In June, the DOT announced $2.4 million in federal support for California and Delaware to help strengthen distracted driving enforcement efforts in those states. Pilot programs in both states will examine whether increased police enforcement coupled with advertising and news coverage can significantly reduce texting and cellphone use behind the wheel. On Nov. 7, the first of those "Phone in One Hand; Ticket in the Other" pilot enforcement programs hits the streets in Delaware. More

More gridlock for transportation?
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Many with a stake in federal infrastructure spending had a reason to celebrate on election night: Democrats kept the keys to the White House. President Barack Obama has championed high price tag spending for infrastructure in his budgets, and on the campaign trail, he repeatedly sounded off on the idea that building roads and bridges creates jobs, bolsters the economy and is a worthwhile investment for the country. But those infrastructure boosters, in particular the transportation unions that backed Obama, may find a victory short-lived. More

School district to review special needs staff procedures
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VideoBriefTampa, Fla., drivers will be urged to use "good judgment and common sense" if an emergency arises on a school bus, including making a call to 911, according to a recent directive from the superintendent. In addition, a task force has been formed to examine all aspects of the special education department in the aftermath of multiple incidents involving special-needs students, including two deaths. More

3 dangerous driving distractions that may surprise you
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By now, almost everyone knows the dangers of texting or talking on a cellphone while driving. But phones aren't the only distractions drivers should be aware of. Experts say that anything that draws your attention away from the road can be a potential cause of an accident. That includes actions and situations as innocuous as snacking behind the wheel or postponing a bathroom break. More

Airlines expect full planes for Thanksgiving
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Airlines expect a busy Thanksgiving holiday with relatively full planes. And, they say, fuel shortages they suffered during superstorm Sandy have been overcome in the Northeast. More

New survey connects bullying to high school dropout rates
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VideoBriefBullying and teasing in schools can have a variety of outcomes. A new report from the University of Virginia says that one of those outcomes is lower graduation rates. The study shows the more bullying a school has, the more students are dropping out. Researchers say this report is a wake-up call to schools that bullying has a significant effect on academic achievement. More
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