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Truck Center Companies Becomes Exclusive Dealer of Thomas Built Buses in...

OMAHA, Neb. — Truck Center Companies has signed an exclusive agreement with Thomas Built buses to be the sole dealer of their buses and...

Iowa Becomes Fifth State to Require Lap/Shoulder Seatbelts In School Buses

A new rule in Iowa will require that lap/shoulder seatbelts are installed in all new school buses ordered on or after Oct. 2, 2019....

Watch: Back to School Prompts Wave of School Bus Safety Videos

As the 2019-2020 school year commences, school bus safety becomes the spotlight of media and district attention. Several school district’s transportation departments nationwide are...
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Iowa Crash Test Identifies Limits of Protection in School Bus Compartmentalization

The Iowa Pupil Transportation Association (IPTA) performed a controlled bus crash demonstration this summer to address child safety concerns. IPTA concluded that compartmentalization of...

Iowa is One Step Away from Requiring Seatbelts on New School...

The Iowa State Board of Education has adopted rules requiring seatbelts on new school buses ordered on or after Oct. 2, 2019. The rules...
Student transporters from across Iowa gathered in Des Moines on July 15, 2019 to witness a test crash amid a State Board of Education debate on whether or not to install seat belts on all school buses statewide. (Screen capture of a KCCI broadcast).

Iowa Debating Lap-Shoulder Belts as School Bus Directors Witness Test Crash

Student transporters from across Iowa gathered in Des Moines this week to witness a test crash. Meanwhile, the State Board of Education is debating...

Iowa Gives Preliminary OK to Lap/Shoulder Seatbelts in New School Buses

The Iowa Board of Education has approved a preliminary requirement for lap/shoulder seatbelts to be included in the purchase of all new school buses. Chris...
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NTSB Report from Oakland, Iowa 2017 School Bus Crash

The NTSB has released its report on the December 2017 fatal school bus crash in Oakland, Iowa. In the report, NTSB recommended that fire...
Burned Iowa school bus.

Industry Responses Trickle in on NTSB School Bus Fire Recommendations

Aside from calling for universal school bus fire suppression systems and improved oversight on drivers with medical issues, the National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendations...
The school bus was equipped with a video recording system, but despite efforts by the NTSB lab, the video data could not be salvaged. (Photo by the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office.)

NTSB Calls for Fire Suppression Systems in All School Buses

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has adopted a new recommendation to require fire suppression systems in all new school buses—and to retrofit those...

October 2019

Ariel Rodriguez stands with an IC Bus.
Meet our 2019 Rising Superstars in this month’s issue. Then read about the growing popularity of seatbelts,...

Buyer’s Guide 2019

Find the latest vehicle production data, state student ridership and budget reports, industry trends and contact information...