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Illinois bus drivers get more flexibility for refresher
June 30, 2011
Under a new state rule change, school bus drivers can take their annual refresher class up to 60 days before their refresher date without changing that date. State director Cinda Meneghetti tells SBF that with fewer classes being offered due to budget cuts, the new flexibility is key.
Teen fatally struck by tractor-trailer
June 29, 2011
The accident occurs when Aniya Williams is trying to catch a city bus in Staten Island, N.Y. Williams used to ride a school bus, but service to her school was eliminated. Last week, the state Senate passed a bill to mandate that the city Department of Education provide school bus transportation to children in grades three through eight who live more than one mile from school.
Bill would change school bus seat requirement for N.Y. districts
June 22, 2011
The School Bus Mandate Relief Act would allow boards of education for school districts to reduce the number of seats provided for student transportation if there is a documented history for three years showing that eligible pupils are not using the buses provided by the districts. The legislation was passed by the state Senate last week.
School bus safety zone legislation signed into law
June 20, 2011
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder approves a bill that doubles fines for moving violations committed in a school bus safety zone and makes killing a child getting off a school bus a 15-year felony. A second bill approved by Snyder adds the new felony offense to the state's sentencing guidelines.
New laws target safety at school, on the bus
June 17, 2011
Several of the changes brought about by bills signed into law in Virginia focus on pupil transportation. They include restricting sex offenders' access to school buses and allowing video cameras on buses to record illegal passing.
Lawmakers maintain funding for transportation coordinators, bus replacements
June 1, 2011
The news comes with the Washington Legislature's release of its proposed 2011-13 biennial operating budget, much to the delight of the Washington Association for Pupil Transportation. The group had voiced concerns about potential changes to these issues, and President Tom Culliton tells SBF that members are “very excited” about the latest developments.
New York association supports illegal bus passing bill
May 25, 2011
The legislation would allow for prosecution of such violations based on photographic evidence as well as allow for citations to be issued to the registered owner of the vehicle, regardless of who was driving it at the time. NYAPT President David Christopher points out that motorists in the state illegally pass school buses "some 50,000 times each day."
Association speaks out against ads on school buses
May 19, 2011
In a letter to state legislators, the New York Association for Pupil Transportation calls for the defeat of bills that would allow advertisements to be placed on yellow school buses. Executive Director Peter Mannella says that compromising the iconic color of school buses with ads “presents safety risks to our children.”
Bullying and Harassment: Thin Line and Thin Ice
May 5, 2011

An expert on legal issues in school transportation discusses the distinction between bullying and harassment and offers best practices for dealing with both on the bus.

Bill would increase regulations for taxi drivers hired by districts
April 28, 2011
The Illinois legislation would require taxi drivers under contract to transport students to undergo background checks. In addition, regular vehicle safety checks would be required.
District to eliminate more than 100 bus stops
April 19, 2011
Officials at North Attleboro (Mass.) Public Schools say they will cut the bus stops in September, which will save $47,000 annually. The stops being considered for elimination fall outside of the district's current transportation guidelines, which surpass Massachusetts' busing requirements.
New York districts challenge mandated laws, regulations
April 18, 2011
Officials at school systems around the state point to the costliness of the mandates, which include providing busing and other aid to children attending private schools as a benefit to those taxpayers. In response to officials’ complaints, Gov. Andrew Cuomo convened a statewide mandate-relief committee, and the Board of Regents has identified laws it considers outdated.
Bill would require crossing arms on buses
April 14, 2011
The Minnesota legislation seeks to mandate the devices on new school buses starting next year. State pupil transportation associations share their stances with SBF.
Lawmakers reject school bus advertising bill
April 11, 2011
The bill would have allowed boards of trustees in Idaho to sell advertising space on the exterior of buses, but it failed in a House vote amid concerns that it would invite distracted driving.
School bus safety bill signed into law
April 5, 2011
Mississippi legislators and the governor pass Nathan's Law, which increases penalties for driving by a stopped school bus. It is named for a 5-year-old who was killed in a bus-passing incident.
Lawmakers push new illegal bus passing bill
March 31, 2011
The legislation would allow local jurisdictions to monitor and ticket drivers who illegally pass school buses using video cameras mounted on the buses. School bus drivers would be responsible for reporting incidents and handing over video footage to law enforcement personnel to review and issue the tickets.
Washington association voices concern over proposed transportation changes
March 30, 2011
Gov. Chris Gregoire wants to remove funding for the state’s five regional transportation coordinators and use the state’s Transportation Vehicle Fund to support a new funding formula. Washington Association for Pupil Transportation President Tom Culliton discusses with SBF the effect the proposals would have and what the association has done to spread the word about them.
Loophole closed in bus passing law
March 29, 2011
After a missing "at" in Virginia's law on school bus stop-arm running allowed a motorist to avoid conviction, legislation was introduced to clarify the wording. It was signed by the governor last week and went into effect immediately.
Utah governor approves school bus advertising bill
March 28, 2011
The legislation, which was rejected by the House in January, is brought back under a motion to reconsider it, and an amended version is eventually passed. The bill allows school boards to sell advertising space on the exterior sides of buses.
Forum to review truck, bus safety
March 24, 2011
At the National Transportation Safety Board event, agency and industry officials will discuss the safety progress made over the past decade as well as new ideas for future improvements. The announcement follows two fatal tour bus crashes in New York and New Jersey this month.

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