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Idaho lawmaker introduces school bus advertising bill
February 16, 2011
The legislation would allow local boards of trustees to sell the advertising space. The state board of education would draft rules that would provide for the safe placement of the advertisements, and provide for reasonable restriction on advertising content. In Utah, an amended bill on the subject has been approved by the House.
Utah school bus advertising bill rejected
January 31, 2011
The House votes 27 to 44 against the legislation, which would have allowed school districts to sell advertising space on the exterior of school buses. Representatives feel that the advertisements could have caused safety and legal problems for school systems.
Lawmakers have yet to reach agreement on illegal bus passing law
January 18, 2011
Mississippi senators say the House version of Nathan's Law, passed last week, weakens existing legislation on illegal passing. The bill includes a charge of aggravated assault for violators, but senators believe it will be impossible to prosecute violators on that charge.
New Jersey governor approves bus advertising bill
January 7, 2011
Gov. Chris Christie has signed into law legislation that will allow school districts statewide to place advertisements on the exterior sides of their buses. Fifty percent of any revenue generated by the sale of advertising space will be used by districts’ boards of education to offset the cost of fuel for providing pupil transportation services.
Revised clean air rule still concerns pupil transporters
January 5, 2011
Among the changes to the California Air Resources Board’s Truck and Bus Regulation is the amount of time that school bus operations have to get their buses to comply with emissions-control technology percentage limits. A member of the state’s School Transportation Coalition discusses with SBF the organization’s problems with the regulation, including its view that it creates an unfunded mandate for school districts.
Loophole in bus passing law targeted
January 4, 2011
One missing word in Virginia’s regulation on stopping for school buses allowed a motorist to avoid being convicted. A state legislator introduces a bill that would add “at” to fix the law.
Lawmakers to again consider illegal bus passing law
January 3, 2011
Nathan’s Law, named after a boy who was killed by a motorist as he was disembarking his school bus, will be re-introduced during the Mississippi Legislature’s 2011 session. The bill got full support from the state Senate last year, but died in a House committee.
Pennsylvania DOT changes diabetic regulations for bus drivers
December 28, 2010
Among the revisions is the requirement that in order to receive a diabetic waiver, a school bus driver’s healthcare provider must verify that the driver has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions or symptomatic hyperglycemia, and that the driver has been free from an insulin reaction that has resulted in a loss of consciousness, attention or awareness, or has required assistance from another person.
Cell phone ban proposed for truck, bus drivers
December 21, 2010
Federal rule would prohibit interstate commercial truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle. The restriction would apply to school bus operations by private operators in interstate commerce, according to the proposal.
Montana state director to retire
December 16, 2010
Maxine Mougeot came into pupil transportation as an accountant but quickly "fell in love" with the industry, she tells SBF. She has served as state director for nearly 10 years and has been heavily involved in state and national associations.
Federal agencies speak out on passenger van use
December 14, 2010
NHTSA and FMCSA administrators send a letter to all 50 states’ motor vehicle administrators to remind them that 12- or 15-passenger vans should not be used to transport students because they do not provide the same level of safety as school buses.
Judge rules to continue school bus service for Staten Island students
December 8, 2010
State Supreme Court Justice John Fusco says that New York City’s decision to take away the service was made without concern for the welfare and safety of the seventh and eighth graders who are affected. The city’s Department of Education has vowed to appeal Fusco’s decision.
Feds take aim at back-up accidents
December 7, 2010
New NHTSA proposal would expand the required field of rear view for vehicles up to 10,000 pounds. The agency requests comments on whether small school buses should be excluded from the final rule.
Bill would require operations to establish anti-idling policy
November 29, 2010
The Anti-idling Act mandates that school bus companies, tour bus companies and transit authorities in Nova Scotia have a policy in place by Oct. 1, 2011. If the legislation is approved, Nova Scotia would be the first province to adopt such a law.
Has Your State Approved School Bus Advertising?
November 23, 2010

Given the state of the economy and the cuts in education funding that are being made, it's not a total surprise that several states have recently taken up the issue of school bus advertising.

Bill would allow ads on Kentucky school buses
November 18, 2010
Advertisements could only be placed on the exterior of a bus below the bottom of the windows, and they could not promote alcohol or tobacco products. Fifty percent of the net advertising proceeds would go toward classroom use, and a minimum of 25 percent would go toward student transportation.
Authorities crack down on pupil transport vans
November 11, 2010
Nearly 150 vans and station wagons carrying infants and toddlers to Boston day care centers and preschools are stopped during an early-morning investigation. Police find a variety of violations, including bald tires and overloading of passengers.
Transportation rules change for New Jersey students’ resident districts
November 8, 2010
Under a new law, a student’s district of residence, not his or her choice school district, is responsible for arranging and paying for his or her transportation to and from school. Under a second law, children placed in foster homes remain residents of the school districts in which their parents or legal guardians live.
State directors support seat belt proposal for motorcoaches
October 21, 2010
NASDPTS backs the federal proposal to require lap-shoulder belts on new motorcoaches, citing increased safety for children who ride in the vehicles on activity trips. The association also supports a federal requirement for lap-shoulder belts in the driver seat of new large school buses.
New Jersey bill for school bus advertising progresses
October 12, 2010
The legislation has been approved by the state Assembly and has been referred to the Senate Education Committee. There is reportedly little opposition to the measure, which would allow school districts statewide to place advertisements on the exterior sides of their buses.

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