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Zonar & NAPT Show Commitment to Pupil Safety with 2018 Don Carnahan Grant

SEATTLE, WASH. — Zonar, the leader in smart fleet management technology, and the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) are pleased to announce they will be jointly sponsoring the annual Don Carnahan Memorial Grant.

Winners will receive up to $50,000 worth of industry-leading technology that will improve safety, effectiveness and efficiency of pupil transportation programs in the United States and Canada. To date, NAPT and Zonar have helped donate over $6 million worth of pupil technology over the past nine years.

“We recognize the challenges that school districts encounter to acquire the latest safest pupil technology so we’re here to help,” said H. Kevin Mest, Sr. VP/GM of passenger services at Zonar. “Partnering with the NAPT to give school districts much needed smart fleet technology is very important to us, and we hope our efforts help bring parents peace of mind about their kid’s bus trip to school every day.”

Grant winners will receive access to Zonar’s industry-leading smart fleet management technology including Electronic Verified Inspection Reporting (EVIR®), Global Position System and Real-Time Engine Diagnostic Reporting (V3), Student Tracking (Z Pass), Ground Traffic Control (GTCCoach and more, including our latest release; Verify. Verify gives drivers the ability to go on the computer and immediately know exactly what kids are on that bus, what kids have already exited that bus, and they can start notifying parents.

“There are 480,000 school busses on the road each day, carrying nearly 23.5 million students four billion total miles per year,” said Mike Martin, executive director of NAPT. “With this grant we have been able to help dozens of these school districts with the tools to make their fleets the safest for students. We hope that parents can feel confident sending their children to school knowing their buses are equipped with Zonar’s leading safety technology.”

NAPT will accept and evaluate applications from NAPT members for full and partial grants of up to $50,000 worth of equipment/hardware provided by Zonar.

For more information on the Don Carnahan Memorial Grant or to apply, visit

About Zonar

Founded in 2001, Zonar has pioneered smart fleet management solutions throughout vocational, pupil, mass transit and commercial trucking industries. Zonar helps fleets of all sizes maximize the use of their assets with solutions dedicated to improving compliance, efficiency, maintenance, ridership visibility, safety and tracking. Cloud-based services with open API’s drive Zonar’s smart fleet solutions by making it easy for fleet owners and managers to stay connected to their fleets and drivers and operators to dispatch. Headquartered in Seattle and majority-owned by technology company Continental, Zonar also has a Technology Development Center in downtown Seattle, a regional office in Cincinnati, and a distribution center outside of Atlanta. For more information about Zonar, go to

About NAPT

NAPT is the school transportation industry’s largest and most diverse membership organization with members throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as several countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. NAPT is headquartered in Albany, New York.


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