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Free shipping on your holiday gift purchase at NAPT
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Here's a great holiday gift idea from your friends at NAPT — we are offering free shipping with a $10 purchase of our 13-Month NSBSW Poster Calendar.

These National School Bus Safety Week Poster calendars will make your holiday shopping a little easier this year. Now everyone can stay organized and enjoy award-winning student artwork from across the country. This colorful, easy-to-write-on calendar features state and national conference dates so you can keep track of important industry events. Office mates and relatives alike are sure to appreciate the safety messages and enjoy the talent exhibited in this calendar. (Dimension — closed: 10.5" W x 8" L)

Student artwork is created each year to celebrate National School Bus Safety Week. The NSBSW POSTER theme for 2012 is "Stand Back from the Yellow and Black." Students may draw the theme from Sept 2011 to September 2012. School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 22-26, 2012.

To order please go to our website at and click on the Online Store tab or email

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

NAPT continues to expand learning opportunities

Become a Nationally Certified Specialist — Virtually!
Now that we have a number of courses online, you have an opportunity to become part of an elite group of pupil transportation professionals who are nationally certified. With 26 online courses developed through School Training Solutions, NAPT invites you to participate in our Specialist Program. There are four Certified Specialist categories from which to choose:

Vehicle Maintenance
Safety and Training

Even if you don't follow the Specialist track, you will earn CEU's (continuing education units) with every NAPT online course! See the course listing below to get started.

Become a PDS Instructor
Would you like to become an Instructor for the NAPT Professional Development Series? Click here to learn how.

NAPT Professional Development Series course listing:

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 302 — Budget Development
PDS 303 — Procurement and Budget Management
PDS 402 — Managing Human Resources
PDS 403 — Labor Contract Negotiations and Management
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 701 — Introduction to Leadership and Management
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 nonmembers for $100.

Or visit our website, for more information.

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

2 Thousand Pounds of CO2
Amount emitted by a Single School Bus
Every Year.

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. MORE


Hand-held cellphone ban: Interstate truck, bus drivers
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released on Nov. 23 a rule specifically prohibiting interstate truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cellphones while operating their vehicles. The joint rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is the latest action by the U.S. Department of Transportation to end distracted driving. More

GreenRoad survey shows fleet executives concerned with fuel costs, safety issues
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GreenRoad, the leader in driver performance and safety management, recently announced the results of a recently conducted Fleet Leaders Survey where respondents identified managing fuel costs and reducing crash rates as their two biggest challenges. In the survey, when asked to rank their biggest and most important challenges, 40 percent identified saving money by reducing fleet fuel consumption and 21 percent cited reducing crash costs; only 8 percent identified cutting emissions to meet eco-related objectives. More

CASTO opposes 'trigger cuts' of school transportation aid
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The California Association of School Transportation Officials has joined the California School Employees Association in a letter-writing campaign to state officials and elected representatives in the Golden State, hoping to stem the tide that could wash away $248 million via budget cuts to school transportation in California.

Dave Low, executive director of the California School Employees Association, AFL-CIO states in a letter to Governor Jerry Brown that "this cut will have a devastating impact on school transportation services across this state, and will put the safety and lives of public school children at risk." Among possible outcomes of trigger cuts, Low cites the following: risky travel alternatives for students, loss of transportation jobs and student's lack of access to education. The entire letter sent by Low and CASTO is viewable by clicking here.

CASTO was founded in 1968 to promote safe pupil transportation for all California children. CASTO is a State Association member of NAPT. To learn more about CASTO, please visit

Engineered E. coli eats switchgrass, makes fuel
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A milestone has been reached on the road to developing advanced biofuels that can replace gasoline, diesel and jet fuels with a domestically-produced clean, green, renewable alternative. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute have engineered the first strains of Escherichia coli bacteria that can digest switchgrass biomass and synthesize its sugars into all three of those transportation fuels. More

Google Maps takes you indoors
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VideoBrief A new version of Google Maps is putting indoor plans on smartphones. An upgrade of Google's mobile mapping service was just released Nov. 29. It includes directions within stores, malls, airports and transit centers in the U.S. More

DOT, NHTSA unveil new website to engage teens on distracted driving
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Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood writes, "The new "OMG" public service announcements are not the only thing we've been working on to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Earlier this week, we also unveiled a new website to educate young drivers and help them get involved in our safety campaign." More

Why complete streets campaign is growing — and needs to continue
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Why have 314 communities, counties, regions and states adopted a Complete Streets policy? It's not rocket science. People want to be able to walk safely. And public agencies are recognizing what they can do to help people travel more safely. More

House pushes highway, transit reauthorization bill back to 2012
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House Republican leadership has postponed introduction and consideration of a surface transportation reauthorization bill until next year, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica recently told industry leaders. More

Push on to expand private TSA baggage screeners
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As complaints swirl around the Transportation Security Administration, some airports and lawmakers want to hire private baggage screeners under a program the TSA administrator is reluctant to expand. More

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


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