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NAPT, NSTA reaffirm position on occupant protection
January 22, 2015
The associations point to NHTSA’s 2011 denial of a petition from the Center for Auto Safety requesting that the agency mandate seat belts in large school buses.
Proposed Florida bill would increase bus passing penalties
January 16, 2015
Gabby’s Law for School Bus Stop Safety is named after 12-year-old Gabby Mair, who was fatally struck by a car after deboarding her school bus in 2010. The bill would increase the severity of charges for passing a bus on the boarding side and increase fines.
TAPT: Bus stop bill could reduce safety, raise costs
January 15, 2015
The Texas Association for Pupil Transportation says a bill that would require home-side school bus stops would increase operating costs an estimated 30%, which could force districts to reduce bus service.
Bill would require home-side school bus stops
January 13, 2015
Buses would have to load students on the side of the road that they live on — a requirement that research has shown would be costly — under a bill proposed in Texas.
Kansas school bus drivers ask for summer unemployment benefits
January 7, 2015
During a legislative forum in Wichita, contracted drivers ask legislators to support a bill that would make them eligible to collect the benefits during summer break.
Alaska law will raise pay for some school bus drivers
December 29, 2014
Voters recently passed a ballot measure increasing the minimum wage by $2 per hour by 2016. Meanwhile, a state law passed in 1989 requires school bus drivers to be paid at least twice the minimum wage, bringing their minimum pay to $19.50 per hour in 2016.
After fatal crash, lawmakers mull seat belt requirement
December 18, 2014
Some Tennessee lawmakers are considering a seat belt mandate for new school buses following a recent collision that killed two children and a bus aide. Legislators are reviewing research and looking into the cost.
Maryland county urges higher stop-arm running fines
December 4, 2014
Under state law, the maximum penalty allowed is $250 per offense, but Maryland’s district court set the fine at $125 as an incentive for violators to pay it instead of challenging the ticket. County officials will ask the Maryland General Assembly to increase the maximum fine to $500, in an attempt to move the actual fine to $250.
Parking ordinance proposed by school bus driver sparks debate
December 2, 2014
Attleboro, Massachusetts, city councilor and school bus driver Heather Porreca proposed the ordinance on behalf of her colleagues to allow school bus drivers to park their buses at their homes between shifts. Opponents say it would give one group special privilege and that buses don’t belong in residential areas.
RFP issued for new Nat’l Congress on School Transportation site
November 25, 2014
Congress officials say that preference will be given to places that are located centrally in the U.S. and that can offer reasonable costs for delegates, among other factors.
Former bus driver decries working conditions, wins lawsuit
November 25, 2014
Alfredo Sobrevilla won a lawsuit against Brownsville (Texas) Independent School District for wrongful termination and was awarded $175,000. He was fired in 2012 days after filing a police report against his supervisor, in which he said he was assaulted after voicing concerns about bad working conditions.
School bus industry congress to relocate in 2015
November 14, 2014
After more than three decades in Warrensburg, Missouri, the National Congress on School Transportation will move to a new location next year.
Indiana district superintendent to question free bus mandate in court case
November 6, 2014
Franklin Township Schools’ Flora Reichanadter will question a court of appeals decision that public school buses are a constitutional right, asking how bus fees could be illegal if the state legislature reacted to them by banning them and outlining formal procedures for school districts to cut transportation.
Indiana Supreme Court may reconsider school bus fees ruling
October 22, 2014
The Indiana Court of Appeals had ruled that Franklin Township Community School Corp. violated the state constitution when it arranged for an outside company to transport students for a fee. The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case.
NAPT News & Views — Seat belts on buses? You decide
October 14, 2014

NAPT and NSTA were informed that NHTSA’s best advice on the matter is in a single document: the 2011 denial of a petition that the agency mandate seat belts in large school buses.

Wisconsin senator urges school bus seat belt legislation
September 29, 2014
Retiring Sen. Tim Cullen asks colleagues to continue working toward mandating seat belts in new school buses after his bill fell short of making it to the Senate floor for a vote last session. The president of the Wisconsin School Bus Association testified against Cullen's bill during a hearing late last year.
Affordable Care Act: 5 things everyone needs to know
September 24, 2014

Employers with plan years that do not start on Jan. 1 will be able to begin compliance with employer responsibility at the start of their plan years in 2015 rather than on Jan. 1, 2015.

Fuel tax exemption must be protected
September 18, 2014

School bus operations have been exempt from the federal fuel tax since 1978. Keeping it that way is a key concern for many in the industry.

Indiana school bus drivers denied unemployment over summer break
September 9, 2014
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit from school bus drivers, Head Start teachers and teachers’ aides to receive unemployment benefits during summer break from school. The workers sued after a change to state unemployment law in 2012 meant they were no longer eligible for unemployment during planned breaks in employment.
NAPT News & Views — Court: School bus fees unconstitutional
August 15, 2014

After voters declined referendums to raise property taxes to increase revenues for schools, Franklin Township in Indianapolis tried discontinuing their school bus service and contracting with a private firm to transport students, charging parents a fee for the service. The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that the township violated the state constitution.

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