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Multifunction activity bus approved
September 1, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new subcategory of school buses — the multifunction school activity bus (MFSAB) — has been given the green light by the National ...

Industry News
June 1, 2003

School-choice programs create dilemma in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida lawmakers are considering changes to an 8-year-old efficiency-b...

Billions of dollars, but none for us?
April 1, 2003

I recently spent several days in Washington, D.C., attending the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) annual legislative conference. Th...

New Deadlines Loom for Head Start Agencies
February 1, 2003

In January 2000, 45 CFR 1310 was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That final rule set the immediate and future standards fo...

News from the World of Pupil Transportation
December 1, 2002

NHTSA issues ruling on allowable use of safety vests

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ha...

Late-breaking news from the pupil transportation industry
December 1, 2002

Feds propose new school bus category

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a propo...

Late-breaking news from the pupil transportation industry
September 1, 2002

CDL changes draw mixed reviews

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The school bus industry is mostly satisfied with the changes to CDL regulations rece...

NSTA backs trio of industry initiatives
August 1, 2002

The National School Transportation Assn. wound up its annual meeting and convention in Chicago in July, focusing on three major initiatives that will ...

Ambitious federal act raises eyebrows
August 1, 2002

Signed into law in January and slated for implementation in the 2002-2003 school year, President Bush's "No Child Left Behind Act" (NCLBA) has present...

News from the World of Pupil Transportation
June 1, 2002

Public scrutiny of 15-passenger vans intensifies

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Questions about the safety of 15-passenger vans received national ...

Industry praises NHTSA report
June 1, 2002

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) report to Congress on the improvement of occupant protection on school buses has generate...

How Many Riders Per School Bus Seat?
April 1, 2002

How many riders can fit on a standard school bus seat? Federal regulation does not specify the number of persons who can sit on a school bus seat. Th...

Hours-of-Service Rule Revisited
March 1, 2002

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has restated its plan to move forward with a revision of the commercial driver’s hours-of-serv...

Transportation Deadlines Loom
December 1, 2001

• All Head Start drivers must have a valid CDL. Drivers must receive a combination of classroom and behind-the-wheel training that meets state school ...

The price is right - hiring a motor carrier is not a game
December 1, 2001

Much has been written in the pupil transportation media lately about using motor carriers for school-related trips. In fact, the federal government is...

Cell-phone driving
November 1, 2001

School bus drivers and all other motorists in New York are now prohibited from using hand-held cell phones while driving. The ban took effect Nov. 1. ...

Establish a Transportation Security Plan
November 1, 2001

In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is distributing some guidelines for the commerc...

Q&A: Head Start adjusts to new transportation rule
November 1, 2001

Do Head Start agencies know what their transportation options are?
They realize that there are new requirements in place, but many agencie...

News from the World of Pupil Transportation
September 1, 2001

FMCSA aims for tougher CDL requirements

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a propos...

Proposed CDL changes don't hit all the marks
September 1, 2001

Bus drivers are our greatest resource. Of that, there’s no doubt. Over the past decade, however, they’ve been forced to jump through a tan...

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