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Bill would require sensors on New Jersey school buses
November 19, 2015
New school buses in the state would need sensors to alert the driver of objects in front or in back of the bus, under a bill advanced by an Assembly committee.
NSTA Advocacy in Action — What is MAP-21, and how does it affect our industry?
November 13, 2015

MAP-21 stands for “Moving Ahead for Progress for the 21st Century.” It was the most recent multi-year surface transportation reauthorization bill, and is past due to be reauthorized.

NASDPTS supports feds’ new 3-point belt policy
November 12, 2015
After NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind states that school bus passengers should have three-point belts, the state directors association says that the statement backs their own position.
FMCSA updates to medical certification, training explained
November 9, 2015
In the session “Understanding Medical DOT and Fit for Duty Requirements,” NAPT attendees were brought up to speed on new criteria for medical examiners, driver training and drug and alcohol testing, as well as changes in how some cases of diabetes and sleep apnea are handled.
NHTSA chief: ‘School buses should have seat belts. Period’
November 8, 2015
Before a large crowd of pupil transportation officials, Administrator Mark Rosekind revealed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s new stance, that “every child on every school bus should have a three-point seat belt.”
School Bus Safety Co. launches new edition of training program
November 3, 2015
The Driver Training Course, originally released in 2009, has been recreated and expanded. It now provides 25 DVD programs and a final exam.
Michigan districts test LED system designed to reduce illegal passing
October 26, 2015
As part of an additional lighting proposal in a bill presented by Rep. Holly Hughes, 10 districts are collecting data on an LED message alert system installed on their buses to see if it reduces pass-bys.
House committee passes highway bill
October 22, 2015
The multi-year surface transportation reauthorization now heads to the House floor. NSTA says that the bill includes several provisions to resolve threats to the private school bus industry.
Virginia city's school bus stop-arm camera program on hold
October 22, 2015
Falls Church, Virginia, suspended its stop-arm camera program as of Oct. 2. At issue is whether citations of those caught on video passing a school bus can be mailed or must be served in person.
NSTA Advocacy in Action — Why the decision to equip large school buses with seat belts should be a local one
October 15, 2015

The cost of three-point belts would have to come from somewhere within a local budget. We are concerned that if mandated and unfunded, that additional cost could force some districts to make choices that may not be in the best interests of safety.

NSTA Advocacy in Action — Why CSA scores are flawed
October 5, 2015

The goal of the Safety Measurement Scores, within CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability), is to allow the public to review a carrier’s safety record and relevant data by searching its Department of Transportation number. While this is a great idea in concept, the reality is very different.

NHTSA chief on school bus safety, seat belts
October 5, 2015

After NHTSA's public meeting in July, Mark Rosekind discussed key points that were made, as well as what the agency will consider proposing this fall, in an exclusive interview with School Bus Fleet.

Man on ‘no-fly’ list receives school bus driver’s license
September 15, 2015
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said it has no legal reason to deny the license to Amir Meshal, who already has a commercial truck driver’s license and has no disqualifying offenses.
New York association backs bill that would crack down on stop-arm running
September 10, 2015
The New York School Bus Contractors Association is supporting a state bill that would increase the range of fines and stiffen penalties for illegally passing a stopped school bus.
NSTA Advocacy in Action — Was the entry-level negotiated rulemaking successful?
September 9, 2015

Twenty-six parties with different  interests reached an agreement that is far better than the original proposal. The agreement includes a balance of increased requirements that are not detrimental to the industry and will foster safer entry-level drivers.

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.
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