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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 Deval Patrick reportedly rescinded his proposal after learning how the funding cuts would affect school districts.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.
Funding cut for Michigan school bus inspection program
October 23, 2009
Operations statewide are required by law to have their buses inspected by state police annually in order to be allowed to run them, but the state's K-12 school aid budget does not include the $1.4 million necessary to continue inspections. State pupil transportation associations have taken action to restore the funding and continue the program....
Medical marijuana still off-limits for bus drivers
October 23, 2009
The U.S. Department of Transportation clarifies that the Department of Justice's guidelines on medical marijuana prosecution have no bearing on the drug testing program for safety-sensitive transportation employees....
Q&A: Dirk Kempthorne Goes Yellow
October 2, 2009

The former senator, governor and secretary of the Interior is a high-profile fan of the school bus industry. Here Kempthorne, who will address the NAPT this fall, discusses budgets, energy and politics in an exclusive interview.

DOT releases Distracted Driving Summit agenda
September 22, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced the agenda for the Distracted Driving Summit to be held Sept. 30 and Oct. 1...
Cell phones and texting: blessing or curse?
September 1, 2009

The headline above is also one of the hottest questions inside the Washington, D.C., beltway right now. As with all things, the answer depends on whom you ask and in what context.

NCST gears up for 2010
August 19, 2009
As the date of the 15th National Congress on School Transportation (NCST) draws closer, state representatives for the event are being appointed.
New NTSB member sworn in, designated vice chairman
August 14, 2009
Christopher A. Hart was sworn in as a member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) last week, and President Obama designated him the agency's vice chairman.
Hersman sworn in as NTSB chairman
July 28, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) now has a chairman with a school bus endorsement.

Deborah Hersman, nomi...

North Carolina governor approves anti-bullying bill
July 6, 2009
RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Bev Perdue has signed into law a bill to prevent the bullying and harassment of students and school employees on school property...

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