Extension for Calif. School Bus Child Alert Systems Up in Air

New emergency legislation to allow school districts an additional year to install electronic child alert systems to prompt school bus drivers to check for students at the end of routes is not moving forward after the bill’s sponsor resigned office in response to sexual misconduct allegations.

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Authorities Question Maintenance Records in Iowa School Bus Fire

The Iowa school district at the center of the fatal Dec. 12 school bus fire that claimed the lives of the driver and a 16-year-old student said it was simply following directions from the state when it updated the vehicle's maintenance repair records weeks later to indicate out-of-service deficiencies were fixed.

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Cummins Filtration Introduces FleetguardFIT

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Cummins Filtration today announced FleetguardFIT™, the first complete real-time filtration monitoring system that provides customers full visibility to filter and oil life through the use of intelligent sensing and advanced data analytics.

MAHLE Service Solutions Introduces DataLogiq3

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. - At last week’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), held in Detroit, MAHLE Service Solutions launched DataLogiq3 (DL3), a portable integrated computing device for electrical testing and module programming for end of line testing in vehicle assembly plants. With no batteries to replace, the device hooks to the steering wheel of a vehicle as it passes through the assembly line.

Md. Bill Would Require Roadside School Bus Inspections

Most county transportation directors oppose a new state bill currently in the Senate that would require public school buses to comply with all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for maintenance, repair and inspections because they said it is unnecessary and a waste of taxpayer money.

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Wiring to Blame in North Carolina School Bus Fires

Checks on all North Carolina school buses are recommended as an investigation concludes that engine wiring was the cause in two school bus fires in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) district last year. 

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Calif. Unveils New Child Reminder Regulation for School Buses

California school districts have more information on what they need to do to equip all school buses with child reminder systems before the start of next school year, following the California Highway Patrol’s release of new regulations prompted by the death of a special needs student in 2015.

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NYAPT Endorses Drug and Alcohol Testing Legislation

The New York Association for Pupil Transportation today announced its strong support for legislation that is under consideration in the State Senate and Assembly to increase and enhance random testing of school bus drivers for the presence of drugs or alcohol.