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Minnesota increases biodiesel content mandate
May 6, 2009
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota now requires that diesel fuel contain a 5-percent blend (B5) of homegrown biodiesel. The biodiesel content mandate increa...
Indiana governor approves end-of-route inspections bill
May 1, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law on Thursday a bill that requires school bus drivers to perform end-of-route inspections. ...
Ohio Legislature eyes bus strobes
April 22, 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A bill before the state Legislature would require that all new school buses be equipped with a white, roof-mounted strobe light.

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North Carolina bill targets motorists who pass stopped school buses
April 14, 2009
RALEIGH, N.C. — A bill that is making its way through the North Carolina General Assembly would allow school districts to install cameras or video re...
Maine bill would bar bicyclists from running stop arms
April 14, 2009
AUGUSTA, Maine — State Sen. John Nutting has introduced a bill that would prohibit bicyclists from passing school buses that are stopped to load or unload students.
Obama nominates transportation agency heads
April 13, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, President Obama nominated Chuck Hurley to serve as administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Lawmakers propose bill to increase use of natural gas
April 7, 2009
On April 1, Rep. Dan Boren (Okla.), Rep. John Larson (Conn.), Rep. John Sullivan (Okla.), and energy executive T. Boone Pickens announced legislation to expand the use of natural gas as an alternative to conventional transportation fuel.
West Virginia could make school bus stops drug-free zones
April 1, 2009
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill has been introduced that would establish drug-free zones at school bus stops in the state.
Tennessee bill on color ads goes to governor
April 1, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A bill that would allow businesses to advertise in color on school buses has been passed by the Tennessee General Assembly.
South Dakota allows school bus endorsement for insulin users
March 26, 2009
On March 5, Gov. Michael Rounds signed into law House Bill 1202, allowing people with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus to hold a school bus endorsement on a CDL in the state.
Colorado seat belt bill derailed
March 24, 2009
All members of the House Education Committee in the Colorado General Assembly have rejected a bill that would have required school buses purchased statewide after June 30, 2010, to be equipped with lap-shoulder seat belts, postponing the legislation indefinitely.
Preparations underway for next NCST
March 16, 2009
With just over a year to go before the industry convenes for the 15th National Congress on School Transportation (NCST), its steering committee met here to prepare for the eminent event, which takes place every five years.
Indiana bill on illegal bus passing moves forward
March 16, 2009
A bill that would create harsher penalties for motorists who illegally pass school buses received approval from a state Senate committee last week.
Texas schools push to change bus evacuation drill law
March 4, 2009
Lawmakers have filed bills to change the state’s school bus evacuation drill requirement after reportedly receiving complaints from school districts.
New Brunswick adopts school transportation policy changes
March 4, 2009
The province has formally adopted as official policy the standards for extracurricular travel and school vehicle maintenance that were introduced in 2008.
What's in it for us?
March 1, 2009

Last month in this space, I discussed the economic importance of the U.S. school bus system — it saves $8 billion in fuel costs annually, accordin...

Florida bill would ban new bus stops from state highways
February 18, 2009
A bill has been introduced by state Rep. Chuck Chestnut to prohibit school bus stops from being located directly on certain state-maintained roads.
Can you spare some change?
February 1, 2009

Change is in the air in Washington, as you may have read in the

Seat belt mandate considered for Colorado school buses
January 27, 2009
A bill in the Colorado General Assembly would require school buses purchased statewide after June 30, 2010, to be equipped with lap-shoulder seat belts.
Indiana bill would require end-of-route inspections
January 26, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS — A state Senate committee last week passed legislation that would require school bus drivers to do end-of-route inspections.

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