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Bill would expand S.D. school bus inspector pool
January 29, 2013
Under current law, members of the South Dakota Highway Patrol conduct yellow bus inspections. The legislation moving through the state Legislature would allow the highway patrol to approve other people to perform the inspections, such as personnel at school district transportation departments.
Bill would increase stopping distance from school buses
January 24, 2013
Under the Montana legislation, motorists would be required to stop 30 feet away from a bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing for students to board or disembark. Current law requires motorists to stop 15 feet from a bus.
How hazard lights can be used for Mich. bus stops
January 22, 2013
Some Michigan districts are making use of hazard-light school bus stops, which can keep traffic flowing in cases where children don’t cross the street. State law allows the hazard-light stops when certain conditions are met.
Bill would establish school bus trespassing as first-degree crime
January 15, 2013
Under the legislation pre-filed in the Alabama Legislature, a person has committed trespassing if he or she is found guilty of willfully demolishing, destroying, defacing, injuring, burning or damaging a school bus, or has entered the bus while not authorized to do so. The crime would be a Class B misdemeanor.
Va. bill would allow ads on school buses
January 8, 2013
"Age-appropriate" advertisements could be placed on school buses under a bill introduced for the state's new legislative session. Revenue from the bus ad sales would have to be devoted to the cost of providing pupil transportation.
Wash. governor proposes plan to fully fund school transportation
January 2, 2013
Outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire proposes a wholesale excise tax on gasoline and diesel fuel that would increase gradually over the next three biennia to eventually fund the entire pupil transportation budget. Gov.-elect Jay Inslee says in a statement through his spokesman that he “will lay out his own budget priorities that reflect his vision for state government and his commitment to create a lasting economic recovery with secure jobs for Washington's middle class.”
State school bus stop laws compiled
December 18, 2012
A new research document sheds light on the differences in states' regulations on stopping for stopped school buses. Patrick Willi, director of School Training Solutions, tells SBF that the idea for the project came to him during a discussion of stop-arm running at the recent NASDPTS conference.
Wash. lawmakers propose school transportation funding change
December 11, 2012
School bus services in the state would be paid for out of the transportation budget rather than the general fund to help legislators comply with a Supreme Court order to increase basic education funding for students. House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan says that any money for bus service would have to come out of revenue generated from a transportation funding package that lawmakers may put before voters next year.
Another bill aims to allow ads on Fla. school buses
December 6, 2012
Under the legislation, commercial advertisements that are “family and child friendly” could be placed on the exterior of a school bus. The idea has been proposed in Florida before but hasn’t passed.
Background check changes proposed for Ontario bus drivers
December 4, 2012
The Highway Traffic Act would be amended to eliminate the requirement for a criminal record search as a condition of getting a school bus driver’s license. Instead, the Education Act would be amended to require that school bus drivers have a vulnerable sector search, which is a criminal check that includes a search of the pardoned sexual offender database. The Ontario School Bus Association says the changes would save “a lot of time and hassle by only having to do the one check.”
DOT: 'Recreational' pot still off-limits for bus drivers
December 3, 2012
Addressing some states' recent initiatives to allow so-called "recreational" use of marijuana, the Department of Transportation clarifies that the initiatives will have no bearing on the agency's drug testing program for safety-sensitive transportation employees — including school bus drivers.
Bill would require alcohol interlocks on school buses
October 25, 2012
The breath test device links to a vehicle’s ignition system and prevents it from starting if alcohol is detected in the driver’s breath. Under the legislation, all school buses manufactured after July 1, 2013, for use in New York state would be required to come equipped with the device.
Iowa adopts increased sanctions for illegal bus passing
August 15, 2012
The emergency administrative rule that took effect on Wednesday provides that a person’s driving privilege in the state will be suspended 30 days for a first conviction, 90 days for a second conviction and 180 days for a third or subsequent conviction. The rule adopted by the Iowa Department of Transportation is in response to the provisions of “Kadyn’s Law,” which was signed by Gov. Terry Branstad earlier this year.
Bill would set inspection standards for wheelchair lifts
August 1, 2012
Under the Ohio legislation, the rules adopted and enforced by the state Department of Safety would require that each lift installed on a vehicle used for pupil transportation be inspected by a person certified by the lift’s manufacturer. The inspector would need to sign a form attesting to the lift’s compliance with the rules.
Law aims to protect adult bus riders with disabilities
July 13, 2012
Under the legislation signed by acting N.J. Gov. Kim Guadagno, when a school bus is picking up or discharging any person with disabilities, including adults, the bus driver is required to use the flashing red lights and other motorists must stop. The legislation also establishes penalties for violators.
NTSB calls for speed limiters on trucks, buses
July 13, 2012
In response to last year's motorcoach crash in New York City that killed 15 people, the National Transportation Safety Board recommends that all new heavy vehicles be equipped with advanced speed-limiting technology.
Crossing arms mandated on new school buses in Minn.
July 12, 2012
All Minnesota school buses built after Jan. 1 of next year will have to be equipped with crossing arms, which deter kids from crossing too close to the front of the bus. State pupil transportation director Lt. Brian Reu discusses the bill that was passed and how it will impact school bus operations.
Bill would create stopping requirements for school vans
July 10, 2012
Under the Pennsylvania legislation, school van drivers would need to activate the vehicle’s four-way flashers at least 100 feet before stopping, or at least 300 feet when traveling more than 35 mph. Other vehicles could not pass the van when children are boarding or exiting.
Mich. removes exception to school bus stop law
July 5, 2012
Gov. Rick Snyder signs a bill that prohibits cars from passing school buses in any case when they are loading or unloading students. The state vehicle code previously allowed cars to pass stopped school buses at less than 10 mph at intersections controlled by a traffic signal or an officer.
Funding formula for Pa. school bus service stays
July 5, 2012
The reimbursement formula remains unchanged under the state’s final 2012-13 education budget, which is welcome news to the Pennsylvania School Bus Association. The association had expressed concerns over the potential ramifications of the governor’s proposal to replace the funding formula with a new student achievement block grant.

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