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FMCSA: CDL drivers still have to self-certify by Jan. 30
January 14, 2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes a final rule that extends by one year the requirement for interstate commercial drivers to have paper copies of their medical examiner’s certifications with them while operating their vehicle. However, the deadline for CDL drivers to self-certify their status (interstate or intrastate, exempt or non-exempt) is still Jan. 30, 2014.
Virginia legislator calls for school bus seat belt study
January 6, 2014
Del. Scott Lingamfelter introduces a resolution that calls for the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the effectiveness of requiring seat belts on school buses in Virginia. Among other tasks, the commission would have to consult and summarize the findings of past and current studies on the effectiveness of requiring seat belts on school buses and solicit input from each local school board on the effectiveness and cost of requiring the belts on every yellow bus.
Maryland county launches stop-arm camera program
January 3, 2014
Several Montgomery County Public Schools buses are now equipped with automated cameras to record illegal passing. Officials say that the program will expand over the next few months and will target bus routes with the highest reports of violations. The fine for violations caught on camera is $125.
Pennsylvania House approves audio recordings bill
December 19, 2013
The legislation would permit the use of the recordings on school buses, but school boards would have to vote on policies outlining the audiotaping rules, and parents would have to be notified. The bill had been approved by the state Senate in June, and it has since been amended to also allow police to use audio-equipped cameras anywhere except in a residence without prior court approval.
NHTSA’s David Strickland steps down
December 17, 2013
Strickland has served as administrator since 2010, during which time the agency has shown support for safety-related issues in transportation, such as drunken driving prevention, and it has worked to promote school bus transportation. Deputy Administrator David Friedman will reportedly serve as acting administrator after Strickland leaves.
4 school bus seat belt bills under review in Massachusetts
December 17, 2013
Several Massachusetts legislators are renewing efforts to require seat belts in large school buses. Four bills are currently under consideration in the state Legislature.
Bus driver defends girl from dog attack
December 16, 2013
Denise Dolcoe, a school bus driver for Fort Bend (Texas) Independent School District, was on her afternoon route when she noticed a pit bull attacking a girl. Officials say that the driver immediately stopped her bus, grabbed a bucket and ran to the girl’s defense.
NHTSA issues final rule requiring seat belts on motorcoaches
November 21, 2013
The rule, which amends FMVSS 208, applies to new over-the-road buses and to other types of new buses with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 26,000 pounds, except transit buses and school buses. Requiring seat belts could reduce fatalities by up to 44% and reduce the number of moderate to severe injuries by up to 45%, according to NHTSA.
Rhode Island lawmaker aims to expand school bus staff checks
November 13, 2013
State Rep. Anthony Giarrusso's son was among the passengers on a school bus whose monitor was arrested on child pornography charges. While the monitor had passed the state background check that Rhode Island requires, Giarrusso says he will introduce a bill to also require national background checks for school bus drivers and monitors.
NYAPT names senator ‘Legislator of the Year’
November 12, 2013
The association recognizes Sen. Catharine Young’s introduction of legislation that would allow evidence collected by stop-arm cameras to be used to prosecute motorists who pass stopped school buses illegally. If enacted, the legislation would also establish a minimum fine of between $250 and $400 with no points for a first violation when the violation is based on camera evidence, with increasing penalties for repeat offenses.
Senate passes ‘School Bus Safety Month’ resolution
November 11, 2013
The resolution, requested by the Child Safety Network (CSN), designates October as School Bus Safety Month and supports the CSN Safe Bus Campaign. President Obama is expected to sign the resolution.
Mississippi lawmakers debate seat belts on school buses
November 5, 2013
Legislators may consider the issue next year, and some are already expressing opinions on both sides. One representative acknowledges that state money for seat belts is limited, but he asks his colleagues, “What is the value of a child’s life?” Others point to potential difficulties bus drivers could have in making sure all students are buckled up.
Obama signs sleep apnea bill
October 18, 2013
The bipartisan bill requires the FMCSA to go through a formal notice and comment rulemaking proceeding when issuing guidance on the screening, testing and treatment of commercial drivers for obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. The National School Transportation Association and the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services were among the groups advocating for the legislation.
Sleep apnea bill passes House, NASDPTS adds support
September 27, 2013
The House unanimously passes the bipartisan bill that aims to prevent the FMCSA from issuing guidance on sleep apnea testing for commercial drivers without a formal rulemaking. The state directors association joins NSTA and other groups in advocating for the legislation, which the Senate will now consider.
Pennsylvania bill would allow for stop-arm cameras on buses
September 26, 2013
School districts and bus companies would be permitted to equip their buses with the technology to capture illegal bus passers under House Bill 1580. Rep. Seth Grove, who introduced the legislation, says utilizing the cameras “can provide increased accountability of drivers and remove the burden from school bus drivers to bear witness to all facets of the violations when their primary goal is to ensure the safe transportation of the children in their charge.”
FMCSA withdraws training proposal for commercial vehicle drivers
September 19, 2013
The 2007 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would have required additional training for entry-level operators of commercial vehicles — including school buses — who cross state lines. Officials say on Thursday that the proposal was withdrawn “because commenters to the NPRM, and participants in the agency’s 2013 public listening sessions, raised substantive issues which have led the agency to conclude that it would be inappropriate to move forward with a final rule based on the proposal.”
Bill would require formal rulemaking on sleep apnea
September 16, 2013
The federal legislation would force FMCSA to go through a formal notice and comment rulemaking proceeding when issuing guidance on the screening and testing of commercial motor vehicle drivers for obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. NSTA is among the transportation organizations advocating for the bill.
Wisconsin senator pushes for school bus seat belts
September 12, 2013
When Tim Cullen was a board member for Janesville (Wis.) School District, he ushered in a policy to require seat belts on new school buses. Now, as a state senator, Cullen is pushing for a statewide mandate.
NYAPT denounces bus driver’s DWI
September 9, 2013
The driver was reportedly having difficulty navigating a barrier at a gas station after dropping off students at their school, and police administered a sobriety test prior to charging the driver with driving while intoxicated. Richard Gallagher, president of the New York association, says, “… we see in this instance that the actions of one school bus driver spoil our record of safety for the more than 2.3 million children who ride yellow school buses to and from school each day."
North Carolina changes school bus replacement rules
September 3, 2013
Under the state’s budget that was approved earlier this summer, a school bus is eligible for replacement when it is either 20 years old or has been operated for 250,000 miles, up from 200,000 miles. While advocates of the changes say that it will save money and promote more efficient use of school buses, some industry officials express differing views.

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