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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.
Bill would set penalties for operating poorly maintained buses
May 14, 2010
New Connecticut legislation would establish fines for school bus companies if they fail to abide by state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) inspection orders, and impose a fine of up to $2,500 on operations that transport students and file false statements with the DMV regarding maintenance, repair or use of a school bus.
Bill would cut sales tax on school buses with belts
May 4, 2010
A proposal to require seat belts on Connecticut school buses was defeated, but legislation that would create a financial incentive for equipping buses with three-point belts was overwhelmingly approved by the House.
Bill would allow ads on Oklahoma school buses
April 23, 2010
Under new legislation, school districts could sell advertising space on the exterior of their buses. Districts would be required to give top priority to advertisers that promote manufacturers and businesses that are members of the Made in Oklahoma program. Revenue raised would go into districts’ general funds.
School buses could be exempt from restraint system requirement
April 16, 2010
A new bill would alter a current Minnesota law mandating that children of a certain age and height be fastened in a restraint system, such as a booster seat, in vehicles with seat belts. The legislation would exclude school buses and Type III vehicles that meet federal crash protection safety standards.
West Virginia cracks down on stop-arm runners
April 13, 2010
A new state law increases penalties for motorists who pass stopped school buses. It was prompted by the death of 6-year-old Haven McCarthy, who was hit by a passing vehicle as she got off her bus.
Conn. seat belt bill delayed for study of cost, safety
April 13, 2010
Lawmakers see discrepancies in the legislative budget office's estimates, which say that over the next 12 years, buying new buses with three-point belts will cost school districts an additional $45 million to $103 million.
NAPT News & Views
April 9, 2010

I now live far from the Washington, D.C., pressure cooker of my working years. Folks here are not as immersed in the minutia of public policy as those in and around the nation's capital.

Contractors could be exempt from paying taxes on buses
April 6, 2010
New Mississippi legislation would allow companies that operate buses and other vehicles to transport students to and from school to waive ad valorem taxes on their units if they are under contract to a school board on or after July 1.
Laws of common sense
April 6, 2010

Sometimes we need to be protected from legislators. But sometimes they really do have our protection in mind.

School bus passing bill fails
April 1, 2010
“Nathan’s Law” would have increased penalties for stop-arm running in Mississippi. The bill was name for a 5-year-old who was killed by a passing motorist after getting off his bus in December. His parents say they’ll keep pushing for the change.
Seat belt proposal rejected 2 years in a row
April 1, 2010
A Colorado bill requiring installation of seat belts on school buses was killed by the House Education Committee last year. The proposal was reintroduced this year, and lawmakers shot it down again, saying it was too costly and that school buses are already safe.
Pennsylvania DOT to expand access to driving records
March 30, 2010
School districts will receive the entire driving history of school bus driver applicants at no cost, and contractors will have the option of paying $5 per record or an annual fee of $200 for unlimited access. The policy change comes after a school bus driver with a spotty driving history was involved in a fatal crash last month.

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