ACT EXPO Panel Advises on School Bus Replacement

LONG BEACH, CALIF. — A roundtable discussion at the Advanced Clean Transportation EXPO featured a panel of experts in student transportation and clean energy giving advice for efficient school bus replacement.

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School Buses Vie for $40M in National Clean Diesel Grants

Older diesel-powered school buses are among the vehicles eligible for the latest round of Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to purchase newer, reduced emissions vehicles, or to add emissions and idle reduction devices.

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Chattanooga School Bus Driver Gets 4 Years in Prison

UPDATE — JUNE 15 — Former Durham School Services bus driver Johnthony Walker, who was convicted in March 2018 of criminally negligent homicide, was also charged yesterday, June 14, with aggravated statutory rape. He was “arrested Thursday in Nashville, where he was free on bond while appealing his March conviction on charges of criminally negligent homicide and assault in the bus crash in Chattanooga,” reported FoxNews. Local media outlets cited an arrest report that stated Walker admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old on five occasions.” He was reportedly staying with the victim’s family for a few months.” He was sentenced to four years in prison for crashing his school bus on Nov. 21, 2016, killing six children and injuring 23 more.

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NHTSA Close to Studying Effect of Seat Belts on Behavior

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking school districts that are interested in equipping school buses with lap-shoulder seat belts, to participate in a five-year study on how the occupant restraints affect on-board student behavior.

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