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Calif. groups fight proposed $248M cut to school transportation
December 8, 2011
The California Association of School Transportation Officials partners with education groups in contacting legislators to urge them to repeal the cut and inform them of the negative impact it would have. Mike Rea, government relations chairperson for the association, discusses these efforts with SBF.
R.I. school bus ad bill to be reintroduced
December 6, 2011
Sen. John J. Tassoni Jr. plans to reintroduce legislation that would allow Rhode Island school districts to sell advertising space on the exterior of their school buses. It would also authorize school committees to negotiate with private school bus carriers regarding the content of any ads and the sharing of revenue from them.
Feds ban cell phone use by some bus drivers
November 29, 2011
The new final rule prohibits interstate truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating their vehicles. A DOT spokesperson confirms to SBF that for school buses, the rule only applies to private operators that transport students on interstate trips.
2011 school bus regulatory highlights
November 15, 2011

August and September were busy months for federal agencies influencing school buses. Here's a wrap-up of major actions announced or in the works.

Wash. governor speaks out on school bus cut reports
November 8, 2011
Following news reports that Gov. Chris Gregoire was considering cutting school bus transportation to help close the state's $2 billion budget shortfall, word comes from her office that she never supported the idea. While school busing was on a list of possible cuts that was sent to Gregoire to review, they did not make her final cut.
School bus officials cite concerns on flammability lobbying
October 28, 2011
Chemical companies are reportedly funding a nonprofit group that is lobbying state legislatures to adopt additional flammability standards for school buses. A new position paper from NASDPTS explains that the standards being proposed aren't suited for pupil transportation — and the industry's own national specifications are actually more stringent.
Wash. law could help crack down on illegal bus passing
October 19, 2011
The law allows school districts to voluntarily install automated camera systems on school buses to identify vehicles passing the buses when students are boarding or disembarking. State director of pupil transportation Allan Jones believes the law presents a “great opportunity to get the message out about the importance of stopping for buses.” Brennor Beck, a school bus driver who inspired the law, also shares his thoughts on the issue with SBF.
Ottawa cops crack down on school bus passing
October 18, 2011
Police charge 13 drivers who fail to stop for school buses in a month-long traffic safety initiative, which also targets tailgating.
N.J. extends service life of certain buses to 15 years
September 29, 2011
Under legislation that was recently signed into law, school buses manufactured on or after Jan. 1, 2007, and school buses manufactured prior to Jan. 1, 2007, that have been installed with closed crankcase technology can remain in service for 15 years, which is up from 12 years. The law does not apply to transit-style school buses whose gross vehicle weight exceeds 25,000 pounds and Type S school buses.
NAPT News & Views — The federal fuel economy mandate
September 19, 2011

President Obama recently announced he was ordering the creation of a new national policy that would result in less greenhouse gas pollution from medium- and heavy-duty trucks for the first time. It seems to me the linchpin of long-term success here is simple: Companies still have to meet customer demands at an affordable price.

School Bus Safety Co. offers OSHA compliance program
September 8, 2011
The company's fourth instruction module, the OSHA Compliance Toolkit, is designed for both school bus technicians and drivers. It is intended to help managers achieve compliance quickly and easily, company officials say.
Bus drivers who use cell phones could lose licenses
September 6, 2011
Wisconsin school bus drivers who use cell phones while operating a bus with students on board could lose their licenses under a new measure proposed by state Rep. Samantha Kerkman. Drivers would be fined $200 for a first offense and $500 for a second.
NHTSA denies petition to require lap-shoulder belts on large buses
August 29, 2011
The agency says it is denying the petition because it has “not found a safety problem supporting a federal requirement for lap-shoulder belts on large school buses, which are already very safe.” The petition for rulemaking came from the Center for Auto Safety and 21 other groups.
Calif. frees up funds for bus emission retrofits
August 18, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown recently signs into law legislation that will allow air quality management districts to put $2 from motor vehicle registration fees toward emission-control devices for existing school buses. Mike Rea of the California Association of School Transportation Officials tells SBF that based on his understanding of the bill, it will be effective, and that the next step will be for local air districts to adopt a funding program for using the money.
Legal Routes lowers fee, offers free issue
August 16, 2011
In celebration of its upcoming 10th anniversary, the pupil transportation law publication rolls back its subscription fees and gives away a free eight-page premium edition to new and renewing subscribers.
N.Y. toughens restrictions on bus driver applicants
August 16, 2011
The legislation, signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday, adds to the list of convictions that would either permanently disqualify a school bus driver applicant or disqualify the candidate for five years. Crimes for which a conviction would ban a person from becoming a bus driver include aggravated manslaughter in the first or second degree and sexual abuse in the first degree.
Feds: Truck, bus standards to save $50 billion in fuel costs
August 9, 2011
The Obama administration says that under its new standards for fuel efficiency and pollution, trucks and buses built in 2014 through 2018 will reduce oil consumption by a projected 530 million barrels and greenhouse gas by about 270 million metric tons.
Healthcare Reform’s Material Impact on the Industry
July 21, 2011

Officials at brokerage firm William Gallagher Associates outline components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the penalties employers such as school bus contractors will have to pay for noncompliance.

NHTSA assessing pedestrian safety around hybrid vehicles
July 19, 2011
Possible rulemakings include requiring electric and hybrid vehicle makers to add sounds that alert the visually impaired and other pedestrians when these vehicles are operating at low speeds. A NHTSA spokesperson confirms that school buses would be included.

Last transportation payment saved for Illinois districts
July 7, 2011
The state’s 2011 fourth quarter transportation payment had been targeted to be cut. But while that reimbursement has been restored, a new challenge surfaces: Gov. Pat Quinn has cut from his budget about $89 million for transportation for the next school year.

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