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Authorities crack down on pupil transport vans
November 11, 2010
Nearly 150 vans and station wagons carrying infants and toddlers to Boston day care centers and preschools are stopped during an early-morning investigation. Police find a variety of violations, including bald tires and overloading of passengers.
Transportation rules change for New Jersey students’ resident districts
November 8, 2010
Under a new law, a student’s district of residence, not his or her choice school district, is responsible for arranging and paying for his or her transportation to and from school. Under a second law, children placed in foster homes remain residents of the school districts in which their parents or legal guardians live.
State directors support seat belt proposal for motorcoaches
October 21, 2010
NASDPTS backs the federal proposal to require lap-shoulder belts on new motorcoaches, citing increased safety for children who ride in the vehicles on activity trips. The association also supports a federal requirement for lap-shoulder belts in the driver seat of new large school buses.
New Jersey bill for school bus advertising progresses
October 12, 2010
The legislation has been approved by the state Assembly and has been referred to the Senate Education Committee. There is reportedly little opposition to the measure, which would allow school districts statewide to place advertisements on the exterior sides of their buses.
School bus operators still eligible for fuel tax exemptions
September 22, 2010
After some IRS offices challenged operators’ claims of exemptions for smaller school buses earlier this year, the NSTA presented the issue to members of Congress, who asked Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to clarify the tax policy. Geithner stated that the law does not limit the fuel tax exemption based on size of the bus, and the IRS cases have been dismissed.
Parents push for stronger illegal bus passing law
September 20, 2010
During the upcoming Mississippi legislative session, Lori and Andy Key will re-introduce a bill that would raise fines for first-time offenders to $500 to $5,000 and incur a 30-day driver’s license suspension. “Nathan’s Law” — named after their son, who was killed in a bus passing incident — was introduced in January, but died in committee.
New Jersey bill would allow ads on school buses
September 17, 2010
Under the legislation, the boards of education for school districts statewide can enter into contracts to sell advertising space on the exterior sides of buses that districts own or lease. Ads for tobacco or alcohol products or for political advocacy would be prohibited. Fifty percent of any revenue generated by the sale would be used to offset fuel costs for providing pupil transportation services.
Texas school bus seat belt implementation plan released
September 9, 2010
The Legislative Budget Board approved the use of the Texas Transportation Institute's School Bus Seat Belt program report to set priorities for funding, including vehicles that will have the highest safety benefit from the addition of seat belts (small buses and motorcoaches) and counties with the highest number of serious bus crashes.
Texas school bus seat belt law hits roadblocks
September 2, 2010
The law requiring three-point seat belts on all school buses purchased in the state went into effect yesterday. The Texas Education Agency, which is responsible for reimbursing schools, says it is awaiting approval from the Legislative Budget Board to release the funds.
Update: School bus service cut for Staten Island students
September 2, 2010
The state Supreme Court lifts a temporary restraining order that forced the New York Department of Education to keep providing school bus service to seventh and eighth grade students. Parents can argue for the restoration of transportation services in court on Sept. 13.
FMCSA sweep nabs 109 drivers
August 18, 2010
FMCSA strike force investigators examined the drug and alcohol safety records of commercial drivers employed by bus and truck companies, including school bus drivers. As a result, 109 drivers were removed from the roads and more than 175 carriers face enforcement actions.
School bus service to continue for Staten Island students
August 17, 2010
A state Supreme Court judge signs a restraining order that temporarily blocks New York City officials’ plan to end the service for seventh and eighth grade students in the borough. After a Sept. 13 hearing, the service could be eliminated.
Pete Japikse picked for NCST post
August 5, 2010
The Ohio state pupil transportation director will succeed Pete Baxter in the role of chairman of the interim/steering committee for the 16th congress.
Pennsylvania DOT finalizes expanded access to driving records
July 29, 2010
Commercial driver employers will now be given a candidate’s complete driving history, and accident information will include the crash severity to specify whether it resulted in fatalities or injuries. School bus operations can contact a potential new driver for details about a crash.
Bill would require lap-shoulder belts on school buses
July 29, 2010
Massachusetts legislation awaits recommendation to go before the House for a vote. The senator who filed the bill says it aims to make outfitting buses with seat belts economical by requiring discounts on insurance premiums for school buses when belts are installed.
Indiana districts drop bus rider fees
July 27, 2010
Franklin Township Community School Corp. forgoes plans to charge a $75 fee following Attorney General Gregory Zoeller’s legal opinion that such fees are unconstitutional. The district’s board disagrees, but feels that being sued over the fee could be costly. Lake Central School Corp. drops its $10 fee out of respect for Zoeller’s opinion.
School bus fleets may get more time to meet clean air rule
July 22, 2010
Amendments to the school bus provisions of the California Air Resources Board's Truck and Bus Regulation that the agency is considering include adding an optional two-year deferral for public fleets to comply. A public meeting to discuss the changes will be held on July 28 in Sacramento.
Woman convicted in fatal bus crash loses appeal
July 21, 2010
The Minnesota Court of Appeals upholds the 24 counts against Olga Franco del Cid, who is serving a 12 ½-year prison sentence for running a stop sign and striking the side of a school bus in 2008, killing four students and injuring 17 others. Arguments on appeal made by the woman’s attorney were rejected by the three-judge panel.
Law may be named after boy who died on bus
July 20, 2010
A Massachusetts law that requires first aid training for school bus drivers was passed in 2008, after 5-year-old Darnell Cobb choked while riding a bus. Now, the state House has approved a bill to name that measure “Darnell’s Law.”
Pennsylvania upholds tax-exempt status for buses, parts
July 20, 2010
Earlier this year, Gov. Edward Rendell proposed to repeal sales tax exemptions for 74 goods and services, including those for school buses and their parts, but the move received little support from the General Assembly. The Pennsylvania School Bus Association, which took action to oppose the proposal, is prepared for a possible resurgence under a new administration next year.

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