A month after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, 40-year-old school bus contractor Atlantic Express is ceasing operations by the end of the year after a New York City union rejected a labor contract the company's lender required to continue financing.
Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV) announced the creation of a new bus division just weeks after it acquired Thor Industries Inc., which added seven prominent brands to its slate. Combining these new businesses with Collins Bus Corporation, ASV is poised to become one of the largest producers of buses in North America.
NAPT President Don Carnahan, on board for his second term after serving as the association's first president in the early 1990s, told STN last month that it is as important as ever for all three national associations to work together for the good of the industry to help school bus operators navigate rising costs and incorporate the technology for creating efficiencies.
NASDPTS changed its formal stance on the installation and use of three-point lap/shoulder seat belts on school buses from supporting them only if funding is available to fully championing them, regardless if districts have money or not, in a forthcoming position paper.