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Growing number of stop-arm violations pleaded down, dismissed
April 27, 2015
Data show the rate of school bus stop-arm violations being pleaded down or dismissed has more than doubled in Iowa since Kadyn’s Law was adopted in 2012 to stiffen penalties for illegal bus passing.
Proposed bill aims to crack down on stop-arm runners
April 6, 2015
HF 1948 would raise the fine for Minnesota motorists who illegally pass a school bus by $200 in an effort to make it tougher for violators to plea down the charge.
NSTA Advocacy in Action — What is a negotiated rulemaking, and is it a good thing?
March 31, 2015

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed employing the negotiated rulemaking process to find a solution to its long-proposed concept of entry-level driver training. What is this process, and is it a good thing?

Indiana Supreme Court: School bus service not mandated
March 26, 2015
Indiana school districts are not required by the state constitution to provide transportation for students, the state’s high court rules.
Graco fined $10 million for handling of car seat recall
March 24, 2015
A NHTSA investigation found that the company failed to provide timely notification of a defect in more than 4 million car seats.
Bill targets school bus stops near sex offenders
March 23, 2015
The legislation would require Illinois school districts to notify parents of any school bus stops within 500 feet of a sex offender’s residence.
Indiana lawmakers reject bus stop-arm camera bill
March 2, 2015
House Bill 1404 would have let more schools use stop-arm cameras to take photos of vehicles that illegally passed the buses’ extended stop arm, and allowed them to be used to issue citations.
Update on NCST schedule, registration
February 26, 2015
Registration for the 16th National Congress on School Transportation is moving forward, and more details on the event are now available.
Cuts to school bus driver health funding rejected
February 26, 2015
Georgia House leaders reject Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to cut health insurance benefits to part-time school employees, but they increase employer contributions to cover the cost.
NTSB Chief Discusses Seat Belts, Safety Technologies
February 20, 2015

In this Q&A, Christopher Hart discusses with SBF the Chesterfield and Port St. Lucie crash investigations, lap belts and lap-shoulder belts for school buses, driver fatigue and other safety issues.

NHTSA panel to revisit school bus seat belt issue
February 13, 2015
The federal agency will convene a group to examine the long-debated topic of seat belts on school buses. A NHTSA spokesman tells SBF that plans for the panel are just getting underway.
School bus drivers asked to repay unemployment benefits
February 12, 2015
Indiana school bus drivers had been filing for unemployment benefits in the summer for years, but in 2011, a law change made them ineligible for the benefits. However, they still received payments from the state and are now being asked to pay that money back.
NYAPT makes school transportation requests for state budget
February 10, 2015
The New York association calls for full funding for transportation aid, an increase for school bus driver training, and funding for security equipment, among other recommendations.
Loophole in state law protects stop-arm runners
February 3, 2015
The North Carolina legislature has increased penalties for stop-arm runners and has allowed video captured by stop-arm cameras to be used in court. However, a different law makes it difficult to get a conviction without clear identification of the driver.
NASDPTS reports on vehicles allowed in student transportation
January 30, 2015
The state director survey’s findings include which states allow non-school bus vehicles, such as vans, transit buses and passenger cars, to be used for home-school-home transportation.
Bill would require enhanced rear lights for school buses
January 26, 2015
The proposed bill calls for brighter and more visible lighting so drivers sharing the road are more clearly notified when the bus is slowing down, according to Michigan State Rep. Holly Hughes.
Governor may cut part-time school bus driver health funding
January 23, 2015
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal defended his decision to cut the funding for part-time school workers, including bus drivers, because the state doesn’t provide health insurance funding for its part-time state employees. Some lawmakers oppose the decision.
NAPT, NSTA reaffirm position on occupant protection
January 22, 2015
The associations point to NHTSA’s 2011 denial of a petition from the Center for Auto Safety requesting that the agency mandate seat belts in large school buses.
Proposed Florida bill would increase bus passing penalties
January 16, 2015
Gabby’s Law for School Bus Stop Safety is named after 12-year-old Gabby Mair, who was fatally struck by a car after deboarding her school bus in 2010. The bill would increase the severity of charges for passing a bus on the boarding side and increase fines.
TAPT: Bus stop bill could reduce safety, raise costs
January 15, 2015
The Texas Association for Pupil Transportation says a bill that would require home-side school bus stops would increase operating costs an estimated 30%, which could force districts to reduce bus service.
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