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Congress extends 'S' deadline
September 1, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. — School bus drivers have been granted an extra year to earn an "S" endorsement on their CDL.

Congress included a provisio...

CASTO opposes proposed rules requiring CNG
September 1, 2005

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The California Association of School Transportation Officials (CASTO) is opposing a proposal for a new set of statewide f...

Nonconforming vans targeted in House bill
April 1, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) succeeded in getting a provision in the House bill reauthorizing trans...

Driver's cell phone blamed in bus crash
March 1, 2005

TEMPLE HILLS, Md. — A school bus driver for Prince George’s County Public Schools in suburban Washington, D.C., was charged with negligent driv...

FTA Clarifies Role of Transit Agencies
March 1, 2005

Washington, D.C. — The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has released two new documents important to the school bus industry.

These ite...

Navigating NCLB: The Latest on How the Law Impacts Pupil Transportation
February 1, 2005

Greater flexibility for states, school districts and schools —this is partly what President Bush had in mind when he signed into law the education ref...

Is Your Head Start Training on the Back Burner?
February 1, 2005

Frequently I receive calls regarding Head Start transportation regulations. Despite the fact that the regulations were published approximately four ye...

NHTSA pushes tire pressure monitoring units for small buses
November 1, 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A newly proposed vehicle safety standard would require devices that warn drivers when a tire is significantly under-inflated.

T...

NHTSA amends lift requirements
November 1, 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has revised parts of its final rule on two wheelchair lift standards tha...

Feds say no to Title 1 funds
February 1, 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C. — School districts may not use federal funds under Part A of Title I to pay for transporting homeless students to and from the...

FMCSA proposes new mandates for entry-level CDL drivers
November 1, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a proposed rule that would enact mandatory training requireme...

Multifunction activity bus approved
September 1, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new subcategory of school buses — the multifunction school activity bus (MFSAB) — has been given the green light by the National ...

Industry News
June 1, 2003

School-choice programs create dilemma in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida lawmakers are considering changes to an 8-year-old efficiency-b...

Billions of dollars, but none for us?
April 1, 2003

I recently spent several days in Washington, D.C., attending the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) annual legislative conference. Th...

New Deadlines Loom for Head Start Agencies
February 1, 2003

In January 2000, 45 CFR 1310 was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That final rule set the immediate and future standards fo...

News from the World of Pupil Transportation
December 1, 2002

NHTSA issues ruling on allowable use of safety vests

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ha...

Late-breaking news from the pupil transportation industry
December 1, 2002

Feds propose new school bus category

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a propo...

Late-breaking news from the pupil transportation industry
September 1, 2002

CDL changes draw mixed reviews

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The school bus industry is mostly satisfied with the changes to CDL regulations rece...

NSTA backs trio of industry initiatives
August 1, 2002

The National School Transportation Assn. wound up its annual meeting and convention in Chicago in July, focusing on three major initiatives that will ...

Ambitious federal act raises eyebrows
August 1, 2002

Signed into law in January and slated for implementation in the 2002-2003 school year, President Bush's "No Child Left Behind Act" (NCLBA) has present...

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