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Bill aims to increase bus safety, reduce costs
July 15, 2010
New Michigan law puts requirements for the state’s school bus drivers in line with those at the federal level. Changes have been made to training and medical exam mandates, and a health standard has been set for drivers with known illnesses. The reforms are expected to save $600,000 statewide.
Gov. calls seat belt bill ‘common sense’
July 13, 2010
In a ceremony, Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell pays tribute to a high school student who died in a school bus crash in January. Rell says that the new law, which is not a mandate, “strikes a critical balance between incentive and choice.”
Indiana attorney general: School bus fees are unconstitutional
July 13, 2010
Gregory Zoeller issues a legal opinion piece after receiving a request from the state’s Board of Accounts, which took issue with a district’s proposal to begin charging $75 per student for bus rides.
Canada launches passenger van safety review
July 7, 2010
The government will consult and seek input from provincial and territorial governments. An assessment of the stability of 15-passenger vans and multi-function activity buses; brake testing; and testing to determine the vehicle rollover threshold will also be conducted.
Legislators restore $900K for bus fuel, parts
July 1, 2010
The South Carolina Senate overrides Gov. Mark Sanford’s veto to cut the funding. Still, Department of Education officials say that the reduction of the fuel and parts budget from $70.1 million to $56.6 million doesn't leave enough to run buses for the entire school year.
Fatigue expert among new NTSB members
June 30, 2010
Mark R. Rosekind has conducted research on fatigue and implemented programs in numerous fields, including transportation. Prior to joining the board, he founded and served as president and chief scientist of consulting firm Alertness Solutions. Also joining the board is Earl F. Weener, a licensed pilot who has dedicated his career to aviation safety.
Bill disqualifies CDL holders for DUI offenses
June 30, 2010
Under a new Louisiana law, individuals are unable to operate a school bus for 10 years if they are convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol while operating a commercial motor vehicle or noncommercial motor vehicle or refuse to submit to a blood-alcohol test after being arrested for suspicion of DUI.
Success seen with direct observation drug testing rules
June 25, 2010
Department of Transportation says that many employers and collectors have reported that drug test cheaters are being caught and numerous employees have stopped using drugs because of the added measures.
Delaware restores funding for school bus transportation
June 24, 2010
To meet the budget gap, the Joint Finance Committee decides to reduce the number of new buses to be purchased and the number of routes to be added for the next school year.
15th NCST Moves Industry Forward
June 24, 2010

Topics of debate included a revision that would have made crossing arms mandatory on school buses — delegates rejected the change.

Please do raise your voice
June 24, 2010

A 2007 survey by the Pew Research Center found that only 66 percent of Americans could name their governor.

Bill would expand background check requirements
June 22, 2010
The New Jersey legislation would mandate that school bus drivers for nonpublic schools undergo criminal history record checks. School bus drivers employed by agencies like the Department of Human Services would also fall under the requirement.
NTSB: Distracted driving led to fatal Arizona bus crash
June 22, 2010
NTSB's investigation results in recommendations to NHTSA regarding bus safety. School buses would be exempt from recommended rulemaking on occupant protection, roof strength and window glazing.
FMCSA issues charges against illegal operator
June 21, 2010
FMCSA charged bus operator Cayetano Martinez with 78 violations of 13 separate motor carrier safety regulations. The agency's claim identifies the four separate company names Martinez allegedly used to illegally operate and evade previous orders from FMCSA.
Feds to promote school bus use
June 17, 2010
The news comes in response to the pupil transportation industry’s campaign for a federally-funded program touting the benefits of school buses. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood tells members of Congress that NHTSA will begin creating educational materials next year.
FCC’s Radio Mandate: Getting Tuned In
June 15, 2010

Although the 2013 deadline is a few years away, now is the time to begin planning and budgeting. Here’s an overview of the mandate and how it
may affect your radio system.

Georgia becomes 28th state to ban texting while driving
June 14, 2010
The anti-texting-while-driving law also forbids cell phone use for young drivers with a provisional license.
Utah ups background check requirement
June 8, 2010
Changes come after 2008 legislative audit that found drivers with questionable backgrounds. New requirements include submitting to FBI background check.
Incentive for school bus seat belts signed into law
June 3, 2010
The Connecticut governor approves a measure that cuts the sales tax on school buses equipped with three-point belts — but does not make them mandatory.
NCST deliberations under way
May 18, 2010
Sessions held so far during the 15th National Congress on School Transportation have led to amendments to the Bus Body and Specifications, School Bus Inspection, Specially Equipped School Buses and Transportation for Students with Disabilities and Health Care Needs sections.

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