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Loophole closed in bus passing law
March 29, 2011
After a missing "at" in Virginia's law on school bus stop-arm running allowed a motorist to avoid conviction, legislation was introduced to clarify the wording. It was signed by the governor last week and went into effect immediately.
Utah governor approves school bus advertising bill
March 28, 2011
The legislation, which was rejected by the House in January, is brought back under a motion to reconsider it, and an amended version is eventually passed. The bill allows school boards to sell advertising space on the exterior sides of buses.
Forum to review truck, bus safety
March 24, 2011
At the National Transportation Safety Board event, agency and industry officials will discuss the safety progress made over the past decade as well as new ideas for future improvements. The announcement follows two fatal tour bus crashes in New York and New Jersey this month.
Transportation director prompts update to bus driver law
March 22, 2011
David Moraca of New York's Onteora Central School District wrote a letter to a local newspaper, which inspired a state bill to expand the list of crimes that prohibit a person from being a school bus driver.
Governor proposes merging school districts
March 8, 2011
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says in his 2012 budget address that "our fiscal reality demands consolidation" among the state's school districts. Also, cuts are planned to state transportation funding for districts.
Minnesota school bus seat belt cutter requirements clarified
March 3, 2011
Officials from the Department of Public Safety explain that all school buses built after Dec. 31, 2007, and used in the state must be equipped with a full-width handgrip webbing strap/seat belt cutter in the driver compartment.
New York association responds to executive budget proposal
February 22, 2011
New York Association for Pupil Transportation Executive Director Peter Mannella expresses concerns about the governor’s 2011-12 fiscal year budget, saying that the measures to reduce the overall costs of school transportation could adversely affect operations, student safety and efficiency. He urges the Legislature to consider cost-saving mandates the association has advanced.
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.

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