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FMCSA withdraws training proposal for commercial vehicle drivers
September 19, 2013
The 2007 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would have required additional training for entry-level operators of commercial vehicles — including school buses — who cross state lines. Officials say on Thursday that the proposal was withdrawn “because commenters to the NPRM, and participants in the agency’s 2013 public listening sessions, raised substantive issues which have led the agency to conclude that it would be inappropriate to move forward with a final rule based on the proposal.”
Bill would require formal rulemaking on sleep apnea
September 16, 2013
The federal legislation would force FMCSA to go through a formal notice and comment rulemaking proceeding when issuing guidance on the screening and testing of commercial motor vehicle drivers for obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. NSTA is among the transportation organizations advocating for the bill.
Wisconsin senator pushes for school bus seat belts
September 12, 2013
When Tim Cullen was a board member for Janesville (Wis.) School District, he ushered in a policy to require seat belts on new school buses. Now, as a state senator, Cullen is pushing for a statewide mandate.
NYAPT denounces bus driver’s DWI
September 9, 2013
The driver was reportedly having difficulty navigating a barrier at a gas station after dropping off students at their school, and police administered a sobriety test prior to charging the driver with driving while intoxicated. Richard Gallagher, president of the New York association, says, “… we see in this instance that the actions of one school bus driver spoil our record of safety for the more than 2.3 million children who ride yellow school buses to and from school each day."
North Carolina changes school bus replacement rules
September 3, 2013
Under the state’s budget that was approved earlier this summer, a school bus is eligible for replacement when it is either 20 years old or has been operated for 250,000 miles, up from 200,000 miles. While advocates of the changes say that it will save money and promote more efficient use of school buses, some industry officials express differing views.
Transportation Secretary Foxx appoints new chief of staff
August 29, 2013
Sarah Feinberg has served in the Obama Administration as a special assistant to the president and senior advisor to former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Most recently, she managed Facebook’s Washington, D.C.-based outreach and communications as well as the company’s political and crisis communications.
Fine for stop-arm running rises to $1,250 in Texas
August 26, 2013
The increased maximum fine for a first offense of stop-arm running goes into effect Sept. 1. The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety says that his agency "will not tolerate individuals who disregard the law and illegally pass stopped school buses."
North Carolina approves stiffer penalties for bus passers
July 24, 2013
Gov. Pat McCrory signs into law a bill that stipulates that the fines for bus-passing violators would range from $500 to $2,500, depending on whether the motorist is guilty of a misdemeanor or a felony. The bill — known as The Hasani N. Wesley Students' School Bus Safety Act — also includes provisions regarding license revocation.
New Hawaii measures target rising school busing costs
July 11, 2013
Gov. Neil Abercrombie signs two bills that are expected to help the state more efficiently manage its student transportation system. Under one of the measures, the Hawaii Department of Education will not need to require school bus contractors to certify that they pay the same wages as public officers and employees.
$43 million increase for school bus funding in Washington
July 2, 2013
The State Legislature commits to an additional $42.8 million for student transportation operations for the 2013-14 school year, or approximately 40% of the existing statewide underfunding.
Texas bus drivers can send students to principal
June 27, 2013
New legislation signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry gives school bus drivers the authority to address discipline issues on their buses by sending students to the principal’s office. The legislation, which takes effect immediately, states that principals must respond by employing appropriate discipline management techniques consistent with districts’ student code of conduct.
Anthony Foxx confirmed as U.S. transportation chief
June 27, 2013
The Charlotte, N.C., mayor draws bipartisan support as the Senate votes unanimously to confirm him as the nation's next secretary of transportation. He succeeds Ray LaHood.
Bill would allow audio recordings on school buses
June 24, 2013
New Pennsylvania legislation passed by the state Senate and under consideration in the House would permit the use of such recordings for disciplinary or security purposes, but only if a school board adopts a policy to allow the practice and notifies students and parents of the policy.
New Jersey stop-arm camera bill clears committee
June 19, 2013
The measure would allow video surveillance systems on school buses to catch illegal passers in the act. Violators would also face increased fines, ranging from $300 to $500.
Transportation secretary nominee clears Senate committee
June 12, 2013
Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx moves closer to becoming the new U.S. secretary of transportation as the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation unanimously approves him. The nomination next goes for a vote in the full Senate.
North Carolina Senate proposes cuts to bus replacement funding
June 6, 2013
Funding would be cut by $28 million for 2013-14, a reduction of 42% under the Senate’s budget bill. Lawmakers are also proposing to increase the mileage limit on school buses in the state from 200,000 miles to 250,000 as a cost-savings measure.
Wyoming lawmakers consider tougher bus-passing penalties
June 6, 2013
The state Legislature’s Joint Education Committee is reportedly interested in raising the penalties for bus-passing violations and making it a stepped offense so that penalties are increased for multiple offenses. The legislators also are considering installing external cameras on all daily route buses to help in catching and citing offenders.
Program makes bus driver certification more efficient
May 29, 2013
Tennessee launches the THP Pupil Transportation Certification application, which replaces a paper-based manual process. Officials expect the program’s mobile and web-based components to provide substantial savings in time and expense and a significant reduction in errors due to manual entry.
Charlotte mayor tapped to serve as transportation secretary
April 29, 2013
If confirmed, Anthony Foxx would replace Ray LaHood in leading the U.S. Department of Transportation. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell says that Foxx has "firsthand knowledge of how to create jobs through smart investment in transportation and infrastructure."
Bill would allow school surtax to be used for bus purchases
April 18, 2013
The new Florida legislation would amend current law to expand the use of the School Capital Outlay Surtax, also known as the “school half-cent sales tax,” to include the purchases of yellow buses. Per the bill analysis, this would provide an additional funding source for bus purchases.

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