Richard Tackett, Author at School BUSRide


CARB certifies next-generation propane engine in Blue Bird school buses to lowest NOx in market

ROUSH CleanTech is the first original equipment manufacturer to receive California Air Resources Board’s 0.02 grams per brake horsepower-hour certification for 2022 model year vehicles. The optional ultra-low CARB certification is 90% cleaner than current emissions standards for nitrogen oxides. The new engine certification covers ROUSH CleanTech Gen 5 propane engines for Blue Bird school […]

Rosco Vision Focuses on Student Safety with Innovative Technology

When considering new technologies, the main priority for school districts is pupil safety. Transportation providers want to embrace the latest technologies to ensure school buses remain the safest mode of transportation on the road. As one of the industry’s leading technology providers, Rosco has always been committed to developing innovative safety technologies. Founded in 1907, […]

Can We Talk? Can We Question?

The school bus community has faced many issues over the years: accidents and fatalities, new technologies, fueling alternatives, federal licensing changes, loading and unloading safety, increased numbers of homeless students, funding losses and more. But like many other elements of our society, the on-going and prolonged COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us and stretched us in […]

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Dr. Miguel Cardona, United States Secretary of Education

National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) Executive Director Mike Martin met with U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona for this exclusive conversation in School BUSRide. Cardona clearly understands the valuable contribution of yellow school bus transportation to the nation, saluted school bus drivers, and offered his thoughts on the issues facing our industry in […]

California Takes Major Steps To Support Electric Service Reliability

In November the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) took action to support electric service reliability for the coming years while keeping the electricity sector on route to meet the state’s clean energy goals. The decision addresses CPUC staff and stakeholder analysis of California’s potential electricity shortages and includes the expansion of the Emergency Load Reduction […]

DOT, Dept. Of Education announce temporary waiver to help increase the number of school bus drivers nationwide

To help states and municipalities that are experiencing a shortage of school bus drivers recruit new hires, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in coordination with the Department of Education, today announced it would give states the option of waiving the portion of the commercial driver’s license (CDL) skills test that requires school bus […]

Cecil County Public Schools and Cecil County Sheriff’s Office launch safety initiative to protect students at school bus stops

  Cecil County Public Schools and Cecil County Sheriff’s Office have partnered with BusPatrol to launch a new school bus safety program. Starting Monday, January 3, all 180 school buses in the district will be equipped with safety technology to safeguard students both inside and outside of the bus. The program includes cloud-connected stop-arm cameras […]

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Mike Martin and Tim Ammon

School BUSRide recently spoke with Mike Martin, executive director of NAPT, and Tim Ammon, co-founder of Decision Support Group. The following dialogue that occurred last month between these co-hosts of the Push 2 Talk podcast explores the effects of President Biden’s vaccine mandate on pupil transportation, various roles of alternative student transportation, and the fatigue […]

Q&A: Micro Bird’s Normand Paquet

School BUSRide spoke with Normand Paquet, chief commercial officer at Micro Bird Inc., about significant changes in the school bus industry, alternative propulsion, the rise of electric vehicles, and the critical steps being taken to train the techs and drivers of tomorrow. Please introduce yourself and your day-to-day role at Micro Bird. I have been […]

NAPT® Board finalizing new strategic plan

NAPT® President Rick Grisham reports that the Board has been working collaboratively over the last few weeks to develop a new strategic plan. “The school transportation landscape is changing rapidly and significantly,” Grisham said. “We want to not only remain in the forefront of conversation about it, but we also want to lead the change, […]