Statement Regarding Chattanooga, TN Crash

The Board of Directors and members of NAPT and of NSTA extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the children whose lives were lost and those children who were injured in the November 21 school bus crash in Chattanooga, TN.

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Changes in Transportation for Homeless Students

Effective Saturday, October 1, 2016: The federal government enacted the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) in 2015 as successor legislation to the No Child Left Behind Act. The individual states are currently in the process of developing extensive implementation plans and guidelines for every aspect required under the new law.

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NAPT Releases 2017 Summit Info

Save the date: NAPT's 43rd Annual Summit is scheduled for November 4-7, 2017 in Columbus, OH.

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Upcoming RTI/NAPT Survey on School Bus Bullying

NAPT is currently partnering with RTI International to study bullying, violence, and other types of misbehavior that occurs on school buses in the U.S. We were funded by the National Institute of Justice to study this important issue, and we are especially interested in the strategies that school districts are using to prevent, control, or address misbehavior on buses. 

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NHTSA Releases School-Transportation Related Crash Facts

Late last week the National Highway Traffic Stafety Administration (NHTSA) released information on school-transportation related crashes including 10-years worth of data. 

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Resource Available for Transportation of Children with Disabilities

Earlier this year NAPT friends and past president Dr. Linda Bluth, Ed. D. worked with the Maryland State Department of Education on a Technical Assistance Bulletin providing guidance for school districts regarding State and federal requirements for transportation of children with disabilities. The guidance is designed to provide a...

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EPA Rebates Will Fund Cleaner School Buses in 85 Communities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the award of more than $7 million in rebates to replace or retrofit 400 older diesel school buses. The rebates are going to 85 school bus fleets in 35 states, each of which will receive rebates through EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act...

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Statement from NAPT on NHTSA Announcement

Yesterday at the NAPT Summit, Dr. Mark Rosekind, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscored that the yellow school bus is the safest way for children to get to and from school.

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Nissan Halts "School Bus Race" Advertising

Citing Pressure from NAPT and its worldwide membership, Nissan Motors has decided to end a controversial advertising program for its best-selling car.

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Top Federal Officials to Speak at NAPT Summit

Top Federal Transportation Safety Officials to Address School Bus Industry

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EPA Announces 2015 Clean Diesel Rebate

In January 2011, President Obama signed the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2010, reauthorizing DERA through fiscal year 2016 and allowing EPA to offer rebates in addition to grants. The 2015 School Bus Rebate Program will begin accepting applications September 28, 2015. Rebates can be used to replace older school buses and/or to retrofit school buses with...

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A 10-Year-Old Boy Is a Hero After School Bus Drives Into Lake

A 10-year-old Tampa, Florida, boy bravely helped kids escape a school bus after the brakes failed and it drove into a lake.

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NAPT, Zonar Announce Don Carnahan Memorial Grant

Beginning this year, the Grant has been named the "Don Carnahan Memorial Grant" in recognition of Don's lifelong contributions to the student transportation industry.

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Latin America, Europe cab drivers team up against Uber

Taxi driver associations from Latin America and Europe teamed up in their campaigns against Uber and Cabify, following sometimes violent protests over the ride-booking apps. Daniel Medina, of the Organized Taxi Drivers of Mexico City, announced an "international front against the illegal operations of these global companies such as Uber that...

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Americans are on the move. Again.

"People are finally starting to move again after years of hunkering down," said Dowell Myers, a demographer at the University of Southern California. "Young people have kept graduating from school and moving into large cities, like Los Angeles and New York. But the normal out-movers have been suppressed. They are finally starting to break out."

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Daimler Trucks NA Invests in Zonar Systems

This investment marks a milestone in DTNA's development of smarter connected vehicles and in Zonar's continued role as a leader in telematics and connectivity services.

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Is NHTSA Reopening School Bus Seat Belt Issue?

Legal opinions on seal belts on buses and distracted driving.

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NCSL Shares Brief on Cameras on School Buses

Earlier this month the National Congress of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a paper entitled "Catching Unlawful School Bus Passers with Cameras." The paper explains that school buses are the safest option to transport students to and from school, noting FARS information. It also includes what actions that have been taken by States regarding using cameras to catch violators. Read more to download your copy.

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NAPT & NSTA Reaffirm Joint Position on Occupant Protection

NAPT and NSTA reaffirm today our joint position on occupant protection in large school buses...the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated most recently that its best advice on the matter of seat belts in large school buses — superseding all other guidance — is contained in a single document: the August 25, 2011, denial of a petition from the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) and others requesting that NHTSA mandate seat belts in large school buses. We encourage everyone to read the entire petition denial notice carefully.

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New Site for 16th NCST

The Steering Committee for the National Congress on School Transportation (NCST) is pleased to announce the location for the 16th NCST. After receiving RFPs from a number of very good locations, the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines, Iowa was chosen as the host location in May 2015.

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Passenger Crash Protection Position

NAPT & NSTA released joint response to NTSB Recommendations H-13-35 & H-13-36 on passenger crash protection....

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NAPT Releases Member Survey Results

The NAPT Board of Directors extends our sincerest thanks to those of you who participated in NAPT's membership survey. 

Click here to read the Survey Summary. 

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Why No Seat Belts on TX Buses

Why is it a law for everyone to be buckled up in their car but we put our kids on school buses without them? "There's NHSTA information which says there's insufficient reason at this time due to the safety factor that school buses have being the safest mode of transportation for students to and from school..."

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FL Schools Prepare for New Year

As students travel to and from school, their lives are most likely in the hands of their bus driver. That's why even though school starts next week for most, summer is already over for their bus drivers.

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School Installs Bus-Tracking Technology

Parents in one IN district will have an easier time getting their kids to the bus stop on time, thanks to GPS tracking system.

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New NAPT Partnership Offers Member Benefit

NAPT and the School Bus Safety Company (SBSC) announced today they have just completed the development of a training program – Safe Practices for Downed Power Lines. 

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CA School Bus Project Taking Shape

The Templeton Historical Museum Society is currently restoring the first Templeton School District school bus but they need some help.

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School Bus Tour Preps Students for Success

The third annual Dyersburg City Schools Back to School Bus Tour stopped at eight sites throughout Dyersburg to connect with local children, passing out backpacks filled with school supplies and celebrating a new year of learning with students of all ages.

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NAPT Promotes School Bus to Non Riders

On July 17 NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin was a co-presenter for Safe Routes to School National Partnership's webinar. Click here to view NAPT's remarks.

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School bus: many things to many people

The school bus is such an integral part of the education system in the U.S. that it is often used as a symbol to represent education itself. The yellow bus icon appears on school district home pages, in TV commercials and on signs in stores selling back-to-school supplies.

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Converted school bus delivers meals to kids

For the last month, a Jefferson County Public Schools bus has delivered lunch to area children, providing a nutritious meal that for some might be the main meal of the day. The bus is an expansion of a mobile lunch program that began last year as a way to feed more children in needy areas.

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Family, Friends Remember Ed Bobit

Family, friends and colleagues paid their respects to Ed Bobit at a memorial service on Wednesday, honoring the Bobit Business Media founder and chairman as a publishing force known for his tough-but-fair approach to business and family.

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School Bus Company Calls It Quits after 58 Years

In 1955, George Talley penned an agreement on a half sheet of paper. "I agree to sell five buses and contract to M.W. Douglas...all for the price of $15,500." Earlier this year the family signed a pact with OR-based...

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President Obama Nominates Hart to NTSB Chief Post

President Obama nominated acting NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart to a full term atop the accident investigatory panel on Thursday. 

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South Carolina Governor signs stop-arm camera bill

In June South Carolina Govorner Nikki Haley signed legislation that authorizes stop-arm cameras on school buses. Under the new law, school buses in South Carolina can be equipped with digital video recording devices to document vehicles passing illegally on either side. 

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Court Finds IN Schools' Bus Fees Unconstitutional

Indiana Court of Appeals says school violated the state constitution when they discontinued transportation service and arranged for an outside company to shuttle students for a fee.

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2014 Zonar Grant Application Now Available

The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) and technology innovator Zonar Systems today announced the 2014 grants for $50,000 in the latest school bus security/safety/efficiency equipment. Grants will be awarded to school districts that submit proposals for utilizing Zonar's widely acclaimed Electronic Fleet Management Solutions, including their Electronic Vehicle Inspection Reporting (EVIR®) system. Download the grant application details today.

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NAPT Response to NTSB Recommendations

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently made two important recommendations to our industry based on their investigations of school bus crashes in Chesterfield, NJ and Port St. Lucie Florida. We are pleased to let you know that NAPT and the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) were able to work together and submit joint comments to the NTSB.

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NAPT Statement about Distracted Driving

Awareness of and action to prevent any form of distracted driving is critical in pupil transportation where there is an especially high public expectation of safety excellence.

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