In an effort to reduce carbon emissions and ensure energy efficiency, Newport News Public Schools in Virginia has purchased and is operating 24 Blue Bird Vision propane school buses, reducing nitrogen oxide emissions by nearly 30,000 pounds and particulate matter by over 760 pounds each year compared with the diesel buses being replaced.
“Propane autogas is the best choice for Newport News Public Schools because it’s economical, safe, environmentally friendly and offers many bus maintenance advantages,” says Shay Coates, director of transportation for Newport News Public Schools. “After two years of attending trade shows, meeting with bus manufacturers, and talking with colleagues in school districts that operate alternative fuel buses, we knew this was the direction we wanted to pursue. The benefits of propane, in comparison to diesel, made it an easy choice for the school district.” Read More
Written by Nathan Tuvalu
NEW YORK – The New York School Bus Contractors Association announced today that they are hosting their 46th Annual New York State School Bus Safety Competition at Rockland Lake State Park in Valley Cottage, N.Y., on Saturday May 20th, 2017.
The NYSBCA’s annual School Bus Safety Competition is the largest and only statewide competition of its kind in New York State. More than 100 drivers from school districts and private school bus contractors will compete to be the best in their respective categories, including large (type C and D) buses to smaller (type A) vans.
The day begins with a comprehensive written exam on school bus safety at 8:15 AM and goes throughout the afternoon. Driver’s test their skills with a variety of hands-on activities including, but not limited to: vehicle inspections, loading and unloading students, operating a school bus through various driving courses, managing railroad crossings, and more.
The winners of the competition hosted by the New York School Bus Contractors Association will be eligible to compete in the National School Transportation Association’s (NSTA) International School Bus Safety Competition in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 15th & 16th. Read More
The Rochester Area Transportation Supervisors Association (RATSA) is an organization of transportation professionals, dedicated to providing safe and efficient services to all school children in Monroe and adjoining counties. RATSA celebrated their 17th year honoring transportation Employees of the Year. The Professional Pupil Transportation Employee of the Year Awards Ceremony Brunch was held at the Diplomat Banquet Center on Monday, March 8th, 2017. New York Bus Sales was a proud sponsor of this event and would like to congratulate all of the 2017 Employees of the Year that were honored.
For a complete list of the 2017 Employees of the Year, please click HERE
By THE LCN STAFF
Neither the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office nor the Geneseo Police Department issued any citizens to drivers passing stopped school buses during an “Operation Safe Stop” detail on April 27.
The effort was designed to help ensure the safety of school-aged children while they were being picked up, dropped off and riding as passengers to and from school, said Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty.
In New York, it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus when the large red lights on top of the bus are flashing. The flashing lights mean the bus is picking up or discharging students. Motorists must stop whether they are approaching the school bus from the front or overtaking it from the rear. The requirement to stop also applies on divided and multi-lane highways and on school grounds.
The penalty for illegally passing a school bus is a fine of $250 to $400, five points on the driver’s license and possibly 30 days in jail. Read More
Spencerport Central School District will host Operation Safe Stop at 10 a.m. April 27 behind Cosgrove Middle School, 2707 Spencerport Road, Spencerport. The event, held in partnership with New York Association for Pupil Transportation and Rochester Area Transportation Supervisors Association, is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of motorists passing a stopped school bus. Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day is April 27. Read More