NASDPTS Session Points to 3-Point Belts’ Potential to Reduce School Bus Injuries

NASDPTS Session Points to 3-Point Belts’ Potential to Reduce School Bus Injuries

Lap-shoulder belts for students and mobile devices for drivers on school buses were among the topics discussed at the annual gathering of state directors last week.

The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) held its 2017 conference from Nov. 4 to 8 in Columbus.

Shuttle Fleet Discusses Switch from CNG to Propane

Shuttle Fleet Discusses Switch from CNG to Propane

As an airport contractor, ACE Parking had some influence to switch its vehicle from diesel to a cleaner alternative fuel. The options included CNG and propane autogas. ACE first tried CNG. After running its shuttle fleet on CNG for several years, ACE began to implement its propane initiative.

Blue Bird Introduces All-New Electric School Bus Solutions

Blue Bird Introduces All-New Electric School Bus Solutions

Blue Bird unveiled two new electric-powered school buses at the STN Tradeshow to nearly 1,000 live attendees and hundreds more on their live news feeds. Blue Bird introduced its all-new Type A Micro Bird G5 electric-powered school bus and then revealed its all-new electric powered Type D chassis which will power its Type D All American rear engine (RE) school bus.

4 Keys for Enforcing Seat Belt Use

4 Keys for Enforcing Seat Belt Use

Calls for legislation requiring seat belts on school buses have increased recently. Texas and Nevada signed bills into law requiring lap-shoulder belts (also known as three-point belts) on new school buses (although Texas school districts can opt out due to financial constraints). Meanwhile, lawmakers in many other states have introduced school bus seat belt legislation that hasn’t passed.

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Florida District Launches New Propane Fueling Station

TAMPA, Fla. — Hillsborough County Public Schools can now fuel its growing fleet of propane school buses at its own facility.

The district has installed a new propane fueling station. Previously, the district’s 50 propane school buses were fueled at a county propane filling station. The switch to the new on-site fueling station is expected to save time for the school bus drivers while saving money for the district.

Hillsborough County Public Schools recently ordered an additional 40 propane school buses. The district said that, on average, it is paying 40% to 50% less for propane than for diesel. Also, less maintenance is required on the propane buses, according to Hillsborough.

The district is hoping to capitalize on a grant from the Florida Department of Agriculture. The Natural Gas Fuel Fleet Vehicle Rebate provides up to $25,000 per natural gas fleet vehicle purchased or leased for a minimum of five years. Florida has earmarked $2.4 million for both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 fiscal years. Applicants can receive up to a total of $250,000 per fiscal year.