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.
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 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.
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.