Blue Bird Corporation announced that its full line of Vision conventional, All American rear- and forward-engine transit and Micro Bird small school buses passed all critera at the Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center. The company added it is the only school bus manufacturer to complete the testing for its entire product line.
A new lease-purchase initiative offered by Thomas Built Buseswill enable the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District to “green” more of its fleet while moving more greenbacks into the classroom. The plan is to transition toward school buses and maintenance trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), as well as all-electric delivery trucks.
After 8-year-old girl Elizabeth Bates was hit and killed as she exited her school bus in 2008, her family went to work to prevent another similar tragedy. Thanks to their efforts, there is a new school bus safety law on the books, HB 2170, which requires all vehicles to stop for school buses on every road — including rural roads — and for bus drivers to engage their stop arms and flashing lights on these roads as well.
Two industry associations, the New York Association for Pupil Transportation and New York School Bus Contractors Association, decried the actions of the school bus driver who was charged on Aug. 28 with driving while intoxicated (DWI).