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Milton Waye and Team Awarded NAPT School Bus Driver Training & Safety Award

The National Association for Pupil Transportation awarded Milton Waye and his team at Brockport Central School District with its annual School Bus Driver Training & Safety Award. This award, sponsored by IC Corporation, was created to enhance school bus driver training by recognizing school districts and companies who have exemplary driver-training programs.

Congratulations Milt and everyone at Brockport on this wonderful honor and recognition of your work!

Year-end Parts Physical Inventories- Parts Update

In an effort to minimize interruption with our parts business serving our customers, we will follow the below schedule for our upcoming year-end physical parts inventory process.

Rochester Location- Parts Department will close for business at 4:00PM on Nov 30, 2017 and re-open at 7:00AM on Dec. 4, 2017.
Chittenango Location- Parts Department will close for business at 5:00PM on Nov. 30, 2017 and re-open at 7:00AM on Dec. 4, 2017.
Ravena Location- Parts Department will close for business at 5:00PM on Nov. 30, 2017 and re-open at 7:00AM on Dec.4, 2017.

In the event of an emergency, please call your local branch and we will make every effort to take care of this request. We thank everyone for their support and patience during this time.

Stiffer Penalties Supported for Passing Stopped School Bus

Kathy Welsh

The New York School Bus Contractors Association joins with the National Association for Pupil Transportation and the National School Transportation Association in supporting National School Bus Safety Week, an annual event promoting school bus safetyPhoto provided by New York School Bus Safety Week, an annual event promoting school bus safety.

This theme for this year’s National School Bus Safety Week is “Stop on Red”; reminding drivers that they must stop when they see those red lights flashing on a school bus. The New York School Bus Contractors Association is using the occasion to renew its call for the passage of legislation to stiffen the penalties for drivers who ignore the law and illegally pass a stopped school bus.

“The New York School Bus Contractors Association proudly supports this year’s National School Bus Safety Week and the ongoing effort to bring more awareness to important school bus safety issues,” said Mike Martucci, President of the New York School Bus Contractors. “Unfortunately, with recent estimates showing over 40,000 drivers in New York illegally passing a stopped school bus every day school is in session, it is clear that current penalties are not enough to act as a deterrent.  We strongly support the passage of complementary bills, sponsored by New York State Senator’s Rich Funke and John Bonacic, to increase penalties on drivers who continue to break the law and put our children in danger.”  Read More

WATCH: POLICE ACROSS U.S. SUPPORT SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK

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State and local law enforcement are providing safety-focused resources and recommendations during School Bus Safety Week.

Every year, the National Association of Pupil Transportation sponsors the week-long awareness and educational program. Police departments and state troopers drew attention to this year’s theme of #StopOnRed, which refers to laws in all 50 states that require motorists to stop for school buses that have their flashing red lights and stop arm deployed and are pulled over to board or unload students.

The police department and a local television station in Northampton, Massachusetts, produced a video, which can be viewed below, that starred child actors, reviewed common excuses for illegally passing a school bus, and reiterated the state law.

“It's National School Bus Safety Week-please pay attention around school buses!” Tweeted the Alexandra, Virginia police department.

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School bus drivers help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

by Amicia Ramsey

People affected by Hurricane Harvey are still in need. An 18 wheeler truck with a trail full of supplies is on its way now from Clovis to South Texas. Fox 26 your hometown news connection caught up with the truck just before it pulled off Wednesday.

School bus drivers from Clovis Unified School District filled the truck with donations they collected from people throughout the Central Valley. This truck is loaded with everything from baby wipes, diapers, blankets, clothes, cases of water bottles, cooking and pet supplies plus many other items. Bus driver, Ms. Cathy helped organized the pickup and drop off. Ms. Cathy said that the people there lost everything and it took the combined effort of many people to make the truck donation possible. Read More

WATCH: Geneseo PD issues reminder about not passing stopped school buses

By BEN BEAGLE

Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian is reminding motorists that passing a stopped school bus with flashing red lights is a serious offense.

The reminders comes after Osganian, while following a school bus on Lima Road on Tuesday morning, witnessed a violation.

Geneseo School Bus 125 was stopped and accepting passengers when a white Hyundai passed the bus. The driver was stopped and issued a citation for passing the school bus.

“Since school has started last Wednesday, we have taken four reports of vehicles passing school buses,” Osganian said in an email.

The penalty for the traffic violation could include a fine of $250 to $400 and even up to 30 days in jail. Read More

IRMA HEADS FOR GEORGIA

HURRICANE IRMA

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE!

As our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the recent Hurricane Irma and Georgia prepares for its arrival, Blue Bird has contacted us with the following:

Due to upcoming inclement weather conditions caused by Hurricane Irma, all activities for Fort Valley and Macon have been suspended for Monday,September11,2017. Thisappliestoallemployees,both hourly and salaried, located at the main facility, Blue Bird South, Blue Bird West and Macon warehouse.

At this point, we are expecting to resume normal operations on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. We will continue to monitor weather conditions and provide additional updates if necessary.