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Bill allowing school bus ads rejected
March 2, 2010
The Utah legislation would have let school boards sell advertising space on buses, while prohibiting ads that promoted inappropriate material. A House committee did not approve the bill, concerned that people would assume the ads were endorsed by schools.
Virginia Assembly: school bus DUI a misdemeanor
February 23, 2010
A bill awaiting the governor's signature makes the consumption of any amount of alcohol before driving a school bus a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
School bus passenger protection off ‘Most Wanted’ list
February 19, 2010
NTSB removes the issue from its recommended transportation safety improvements, citing NHTSA’s final rule that increased school bus seat-back height and established specs for voluntarily installed seat belts.
Conn. lawmakers take up second school bus safety bill
February 16, 2010
The bill would require that a phone number for reporting unsafe driving be painted on all sides of a school bus. The first school bus safety bill raised during this session, which began Feb. 3, would require the installation of seat belts on school buses.
School district bus drivers could get higher retirement pay
February 16, 2010
New legislation would increase Georgia school system retirees’ monthly payments to $16 (up from $15) multiplied by the number of their years of creditable service. The benefit would apply to those employees who have already retired as well as to future retirees.
States weigh cell phone bans
February 9, 2010
Nebraska and Massachusetts both have bills in the works to ban school bus drivers’ use of cell phones and other wireless devices while the bus is in motion.
Bill aims to prevent students from being left on buses
February 4, 2010
Pennsylvania legislation would mandate that the State Board of Education implement a procedure that all school bus drivers must follow to make certain that no students are left behind. Drivers who leave passengers stranded would face fines. The bill would also toughen penalties for driving a bus under the influence.
Sen. proposes cutting busing for Utah high school students
February 2, 2010
Although such a move has been made in other places, some officials disagree with the proposal, citing traffic congestion, safety and other concerns.
Washington state school buses could have ads
January 27, 2010
New legislation would permit school districts to place advertisements and educational material on and in school buses if they have been approved by the districts’ school boards. Revenue generated by the ads would be deposited in general or transportation vehicle funds.
Feds ban texting for bus, truck drivers
January 26, 2010
The prohibition, effective immediately, is the latest in a series of actions taken by the U.S. DOT to combat distracted driving after a national summit on the issue in September. Violators may face fines of up to $2,750.
Conn. voters support proposed school bus seat belt bill
January 26, 2010
Poll finds that nearly three-fourths of voters in the state support the measure, which was spurred by the recent death of a high school student in a bus accident.
Bill to extend bus life vetoed
January 22, 2010
New Jersey legislation would have allowed some school buses to stay in service for 15 years, up from 12. Outgoing Gov. Jon Corzine unexpectedly vetoes the bill without comment before leaving office.
Minnesota bill would mandate belts on buses
January 12, 2010
School buses purchased after this year would have to be equipped with lap-shoulder belts for passengers. The Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation says that any such requirement by the Legislature should be funded.
Mississippi may toughen penalties for illegal bus passing
January 12, 2010
A new bill would require convicted offenders to pay fines of $500 to $5,000, and their driver’s license would be suspended for 30 days. The legislation is named after a 5-year-old who was killed while leaving his school bus last month.
Massachusetts governor scraps plan to cut $18M for school transportation
December 29, 2009
Gov. Deval Patrick reportedly rescinded his proposal after learning how the funding cuts would affect school districts. Options for restoring the funding include using stimulus funds, layoffs at the state level and cuts in other areas of government or education.
Obama picks Senate aide to head NHTSA
December 9, 2009
As senior counsel of the Senate’s Consumer Protection Subcommittee, David L. Strickland is currently the lead staff person for NHTSA oversight. He is recognized as an expert in vehicle fuel economy, vehicle safety and driver behavior factors.
Illinois bus drivers must perform child-check inspections
November 17, 2009
Under a new law, school bus drivers statewide are required to conduct end-of-route inspections to ensure that passengers are not left unattended. Failure to do so can result in a driver’s permit being suspended. The law also requires all school buses to be equipped with two-way radios.
NCST announces staff appointments, congress preparations
November 10, 2009
Writing Committee proposals are due Nov. 16; interested parties will be able to comment online through Feb. 1. Also, congress onsite staff positions have been named.
NAPT News & Views — ARRA offers path to funding special-needs bus purchases
November 4, 2009

Did you know the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) offers an opportunity for school districts to purchase school buses for the benefit of students with disabilities and/or students who receive special-education services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, Part B)?

UPDATE: Michigan school bus inspection program to continue
November 2, 2009
Gov. Jennifer Granholm has directed the state Legislature to appropriate the money necessary to allow the police department to perform its school bus inspections and certifications. In the meantime, the department must identify resources within its budget to fund inspections.

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