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Update: School bus service cut for Staten Island students
September 2, 2010
The state Supreme Court lifts a temporary restraining order that forced the New York Department of Education to keep providing school bus service to seventh and eighth grade students. Parents can argue for the restoration of transportation services in court on Sept. 13.
FMCSA sweep nabs 109 drivers
August 18, 2010
FMCSA strike force investigators examined the drug and alcohol safety records of commercial drivers employed by bus and truck companies, including school bus drivers. As a result, 109 drivers were removed from the roads and more than 175 carriers face enforcement actions.
School bus service to continue for Staten Island students
August 17, 2010
A state Supreme Court judge signs a restraining order that temporarily blocks New York City officials’ plan to end the service for seventh and eighth grade students in the borough. After a Sept. 13 hearing, the service could be eliminated.
Pete Japikse picked for NCST post
August 5, 2010
The Ohio state pupil transportation director will succeed Pete Baxter in the role of chairman of the interim/steering committee for the 16th congress.
Pennsylvania DOT finalizes expanded access to driving records
July 29, 2010
Commercial driver employers will now be given a candidate’s complete driving history, and accident information will include the crash severity to specify whether it resulted in fatalities or injuries. School bus operations can contact a potential new driver for details about a crash.
Bill would require lap-shoulder belts on school buses
July 29, 2010
Massachusetts legislation awaits recommendation to go before the House for a vote. The senator who filed the bill says it aims to make outfitting buses with seat belts economical by requiring discounts on insurance premiums for school buses when belts are installed.
Indiana districts drop bus rider fees
July 27, 2010
Franklin Township Community School Corp. forgoes plans to charge a $75 fee following Attorney General Gregory Zoeller’s legal opinion that such fees are unconstitutional. The district’s board disagrees, but feels that being sued over the fee could be costly. Lake Central School Corp. drops its $10 fee out of respect for Zoeller’s opinion.
School bus fleets may get more time to meet clean air rule
July 22, 2010
Amendments to the school bus provisions of the California Air Resources Board's Truck and Bus Regulation that the agency is considering include adding an optional two-year deferral for public fleets to comply. A public meeting to discuss the changes will be held on July 28 in Sacramento.
Woman convicted in fatal bus crash loses appeal
July 21, 2010
The Minnesota Court of Appeals upholds the 24 counts against Olga Franco del Cid, who is serving a 12 ½-year prison sentence for running a stop sign and striking the side of a school bus in 2008, killing four students and injuring 17 others. Arguments on appeal made by the woman’s attorney were rejected by the three-judge panel.
Law may be named after boy who died on bus
July 20, 2010
A Massachusetts law that requires first aid training for school bus drivers was passed in 2008, after 5-year-old Darnell Cobb choked while riding a bus. Now, the state House has approved a bill to name that measure “Darnell’s Law.”
Pennsylvania upholds tax-exempt status for buses, parts
July 20, 2010
Earlier this year, Gov. Edward Rendell proposed to repeal sales tax exemptions for 74 goods and services, including those for school buses and their parts, but the move received little support from the General Assembly. The Pennsylvania School Bus Association, which took action to oppose the proposal, is prepared for a possible resurgence under a new administration next year.
Bill aims to increase bus safety, reduce costs
July 15, 2010
New Michigan law puts requirements for the state’s school bus drivers in line with those at the federal level. Changes have been made to training and medical exam mandates, and a health standard has been set for drivers with known illnesses. The reforms are expected to save $600,000 statewide.
Gov. calls seat belt bill ‘common sense’
July 13, 2010
In a ceremony, Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell pays tribute to a high school student who died in a school bus crash in January. Rell says that the new law, which is not a mandate, “strikes a critical balance between incentive and choice.”
Indiana attorney general: School bus fees are unconstitutional
July 13, 2010
Gregory Zoeller issues a legal opinion piece after receiving a request from the state’s Board of Accounts, which took issue with a district’s proposal to begin charging $75 per student for bus rides.
Canada launches passenger van safety review
July 7, 2010
The government will consult and seek input from provincial and territorial governments. An assessment of the stability of 15-passenger vans and multi-function activity buses; brake testing; and testing to determine the vehicle rollover threshold will also be conducted.
Legislators restore $900K for bus fuel, parts
July 1, 2010
The South Carolina Senate overrides Gov. Mark Sanford’s veto to cut the funding. Still, Department of Education officials say that the reduction of the fuel and parts budget from $70.1 million to $56.6 million doesn't leave enough to run buses for the entire school year.
Fatigue expert among new NTSB members
June 30, 2010
Mark R. Rosekind has conducted research on fatigue and implemented programs in numerous fields, including transportation. Prior to joining the board, he founded and served as president and chief scientist of consulting firm Alertness Solutions. Also joining the board is Earl F. Weener, a licensed pilot who has dedicated his career to aviation safety.
Bill disqualifies CDL holders for DUI offenses
June 30, 2010
Under a new Louisiana law, individuals are unable to operate a school bus for 10 years if they are convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol while operating a commercial motor vehicle or noncommercial motor vehicle or refuse to submit to a blood-alcohol test after being arrested for suspicion of DUI.
Success seen with direct observation drug testing rules
June 25, 2010
Department of Transportation says that many employers and collectors have reported that drug test cheaters are being caught and numerous employees have stopped using drugs because of the added measures.
Delaware restores funding for school bus transportation
June 24, 2010
To meet the budget gap, the Joint Finance Committee decides to reduce the number of new buses to be purchased and the number of routes to be added for the next school year.

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