The New York School Bus Contractors Association hosts an Operation Safe Stop event and again calls for tougher penalties for stop-arm violations.
ALBANY, N.Y. — Assemblyman Peter Rivera reintroduced legislation in June that would temporarily remove the diesel fuel tax paid by school bus contractors. Rivera originally introduced the measure in 2006.
The lawmaker cited fiscal pressures on school districts in the face of rapidly rising fuel prices. Contractors currently pay as much as 85 cents per gallon of diesel in local, state and federal taxes in order to fuel the 55,000 diesel-powered school buses that serve over 2 million children in 700 school districts across the state.
Rivera also amended the bill so it would require that all school districts have in place a plan for a four-day school week. A shorter week with longer days would help school districts save on school heating, electricity and pupil transportation costs, Rivera said. “By having plans in place for an extended school day but only a four-day school week, school districts will automatically save 20 percent in pupil transportation costs,” he said.
According to the bill, school districts would have to have the plans in place and submitted to the commissioner of the State Education Department by the end of August.
Officers across the state are focusing on school bus stops that have been identified as hot spots of stop-arm running.
There are other commercial driving jobs that pay more than driving a school bus, but they don’t involve transporting students. The opportunity to contribute to children’s education and safety could spark interest in the job.
The school bus company is honored with an award for its maintenance program in Spokane, Washington, and receives a 100% score on an inspection of one of its Minnesota fleets.
Amid concerns about the fate of the DERA program, a new round of grants is made available to reduce emissions from older diesel vehicles, including school buses.
The contractor expands in New England with an agreement to operate 23 buses for transporting North Providence School Department students.
Planning for the 17th National Congress on School Transportation is now in the works, with committee members being re-established and selected through this summer.
The competition is open to all kinds of shots related to school transportation. Two winners will each receive a $100 cash prize.
The IC Bus event was about embracing change and thinking big. Thinking big is hard sometimes, and change of any kind is stressful.
In Grand Junction, Colorado, dozens of school bus drivers and other staff from Student Transportation of America jump into action during a bomb threat at a high school.
Fuel choices, school reform, and the ongoing driver shortage are hot topics at School Bus eXchange 2017.
About 50 monitors working for Niagara Falls Coach Lines vote to join Teamsters Local 264. Wages are among the biggest concerns: The workers currently get minimum wage with no benefits.
The National School Transportation Association president discusses the new administration in Washington, the shortage of school bus drivers, and the potential impact of autonomous technology.
Bus contractors and other transportation operators are expected to benefit from cost savings as a result of the partnership between TransPar and National Interstate.
Logan Bus Co. purchases Trans Star Type A diesel models to upgrade and expand its fleet.