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NTSB Chief Discusses Seat Belts, Safety Technologies
February 20, 2015

In this Q&A, Christopher Hart discusses with SBF the Chesterfield and Port St. Lucie crash investigations, lap belts and lap-shoulder belts for school buses, driver fatigue and other safety issues.

NHTSA panel to revisit school bus seat belt issue
February 13, 2015
The federal agency will convene a group to examine the long-debated topic of seat belts on school buses. A NHTSA spokesman tells SBF that plans for the panel are just getting underway.
School bus drivers asked to repay unemployment benefits
February 12, 2015
Indiana school bus drivers had been filing for unemployment benefits in the summer for years, but in 2011, a law change made them ineligible for the benefits. However, they still received payments from the state and are now being asked to pay that money back.
NYAPT makes school transportation requests for state budget
February 10, 2015
The New York association calls for full funding for transportation aid, an increase for school bus driver training, and funding for security equipment, among other recommendations.
Loophole in state law protects stop-arm runners
February 3, 2015
The North Carolina legislature has increased penalties for stop-arm runners and has allowed video captured by stop-arm cameras to be used in court. However, a different law makes it difficult to get a conviction without clear identification of the driver.
NASDPTS reports on vehicles allowed in student transportation
January 30, 2015
The state director survey’s findings include which states allow non-school bus vehicles, such as vans, transit buses and passenger cars, to be used for home-school-home transportation.
Bill would require enhanced rear lights for school buses
January 26, 2015
The proposed bill calls for brighter and more visible lighting so drivers sharing the road are more clearly notified when the bus is slowing down, according to Michigan State Rep. Holly Hughes.
Governor may cut part-time school bus driver health funding
January 23, 2015
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal defended his decision to cut the funding for part-time school workers, including bus drivers, because the state doesn’t provide health insurance funding for its part-time state employees. Some lawmakers oppose the decision.
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.

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