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NSTA Advocacy in Action — Should alternative methods for drug and alcohol testing be allowed?
August 5, 2015

The National School Transportation Association believes that before commercial motor vehicle carriers are permitted to use an alternative to the current tests, there must be consensus that the alternate method is scientifically and technologically proven to be valid and reliable.

North Carolina approves revised school bus crossing procedure
July 13, 2015
The state’s board of education approved policy revisions requiring bus drivers to use hand signals to help students safely cross the street and for student safety training to be documented.
NHTSA to hold meeting on school bus seat belts
July 10, 2015
The public meeting will “address the challenges and barriers that have prevented schools from taking action to install three-point seat belt systems in school buses,” according to NHTSA.
New Jersey school bus safety bills advance
June 12, 2015
The Senate Education Committee approves bills on installing stop-arm cameras; requiring lap-shoulder belts and sensors to alert drivers when a child walks in front of the bus; and a training program on interacting with special-needs students.
2 mothers call for change in New York school bus service rule
June 12, 2015
The women helped introduce bills that guarantee bus transportation, no matter the distance within the district, for kids whose parents cannot drive them due to chronic illness.
School buses exempt from electronic stability control mandate
June 10, 2015
NHTSA has finalized a rule that requires electronic stability control systems on heavy trucks and some large buses, but not school buses.
Efforts to block FMCSA’s insurance increase continue
June 5, 2015
A provision to stop the federal agency from raising insurance minimums for bus operators has survived several challenges in the House.
Bills would strengthen illegal passing, trespassing penalties
June 4, 2015
State lawmakers are reviewing bills that would make a crime of unauthorized boarding of a bus, increase penalties for passing of a stopped school bus, and that would allow cameras to be installed on school buses.
Georgia keeps health funding for school bus drivers, at higher cost to districts
June 3, 2015
Gov. Nathan Deal signed the 2016 state budget without his proposed cuts to health insurance benefits for part-time school employees. However, districts will have to increase the share they pay for health insurance for those workers to nearly $103 million.
Security requirements, terminology key issues at 2015 NCST
May 21, 2015
The National Congress on School Transportation converged on Des Moines, Iowa, and held spirited discussions on critical industry topics ranging from security practices to proper job titles to equipment placement.
NSTA Advocacy in Action — Should FMCSA increase the federal insurance minimums?
May 6, 2015

The FCMSA is considering an increase in the federal minimum insurance requirements for passenger motor carriers. This is a very important issue for school bus contractors, as these requirements could dramatically affect insurance costs.

Bill would leave passenger carrier insurance authority with Congress
May 5, 2015
The legislation, which NSTA supports, would prevent the U.S. secretary of transportation from raising insurance minimums on the school transportation and motorcoach industries.
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.
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