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Feds’ sweep takes 287 bus, truck drivers off the road
June 26, 2012
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s drug and alcohol strike force also results in pending enforcement actions on more than 128 truck and bus companies for alleged violations, such as using a driver who has tested positive for illegal drugs or not instituting a testing program.
Ala. bus drivers required to complete physical exam
June 20, 2012
Under legislation signed into law by Gov. Robert Bentley, drivers must successfully complete the exam by a licensed physician, at their own expense, by Aug. 14 in order to operate a school bus. Drivers may be “grandfathered” for any condition if the doctor states that it will not adversely affect their ability to control and safely operate a school bus.
New bus drivers in La. won't get tenure
June 14, 2012
Previously, Louisiana school bus operators attained the job protection after passing a three-year probationary term. Under newly enacted legislation, drivers hired on or after July 1 of this year won’t be eligible for tenure.
R.I. bus drivers, monitors can administer epinephrine
June 4, 2012
Under the legislation approved by Gov. Lincoln Chafee, drivers and monitors who have received training may give an epinephrine injection (or EpiPen shot) to a student suffering from severe allergies while traveling to or from school or a school-related event. School bus providers must be given medical documentation by parents that the epinephrine has been legitimately prescribed.
School buses excluded from stability control proposal
May 22, 2012
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposes a new federal motor vehicle safety standard to require ESC systems on large commercial trucks, motorcoaches and some other large buses — but not school or transit buses. Mike Martin, executive director of the National Association for Pupil Transportation, discusses the issue with SBF.
S.C. aims to study school bus privatization
April 30, 2012
The state’s House of Representatives votes to form a committee that would study the most cost-effective, efficient and safe way to provide school transportation services to students. The proposal, which comes after an agreement could not be reached to require the state's school districts to take over operation of their bus systems, will undergo a procedural vote before heading to the state Senate for consideration.
Calif. school bus ad bill dies in committee
April 30, 2012
The Senate Education Committee rejects the measure, which would have allowed school districts to sell advertising space on the outside of their buses and choose how to spend the revenue that resulted from the ads. Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, who authored the bill, says it would have “provided a new and needed source of funding for our schools at no cost to taxpayers.”
Proposal would allow Ill. districts to charge bus fees
April 26, 2012
The Illinois State Board of Education is expected to draft a bill that would eliminate the requirement for public school districts to transport students and base state-to-district reimbursements on an average per-student or per-mile rate. Districts could charge parents a fee to make up the difference between the state reimbursement and the actual cost of transporting students.
DOT tightens rules on medical examiners
April 19, 2012
A new federal rule requires healthcare professionals who perform medical examinations for interstate truck and bus drivers to be trained, tested and certified on the specific physical qualifications that affect a driver’s ability to safely operate the vehicle.
Mo. school bus ad bill advances
April 17, 2012
The legislation would let school districts lease advertising space on the inside and outside of buses. It closely passes out of the Missouri House and moves to the Senate.
China approves bevy of school bus regulations
April 12, 2012
The regulations give buses priority in traffic congestion and require companies and drivers to acquire licenses to offer school transport services, among other measures. The long-awaited regulations come after several fatal crashes involving school buses.
Iowa mandates school bus driver background checks
April 10, 2012
Gov. Terry Branstad signs legislation that requires employers to review the Iowa court information system, as well as the sex offender registry and central registries for child abuse and dependent adult abuse, for information regarding applicants. State director Max Christensen shares with SBF his views on the new law, which also requires checks every five years once applicants are hired.
Lawyers challenge legality of school bus cameras
April 5, 2012
The lawsuit claims that the use of cameras to capture the images of drivers who illegally pass Jefferson Parish buses violates the Louisiana Constitution by using civil proceedings to address moving violations and giving law enforcement power to a company motivated by profit.
Mich. bill calls for lower rear bus lights
March 29, 2012
The mother of two teens killed when their car crashed into a school bus speaks to Michigan lawmakers about legislation that would add a new, lower level of bright flashing rear lights to new school buses. If passed, the legislation would be called the Privacky Law, after the two crash victims.
School bus fees banned in Indiana
March 27, 2012
School districts in the state can’t charge families for transportation to and from school, under a bill signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels. The legislation arose after annual bus fees of up to $475 were implemented in Franklin Township last year.
Tenn. bill would let bus drivers use force
March 22, 2012
The state House passes legislation that would authorize school bus drivers to hold students accountable for disorderly conduct. Bus drivers and other school personnel could use “reasonable force when necessary … to correct or restrain a student or prevent bodily harm or death to another person.”
Ala. bill would restrict school bus driver cell phone use
March 21, 2012
Under the legislation, bus drivers would only be permitted to use their phones to call in medical concerns, or if the bus is parked or secure on the side of the road.
Bill calls for stricter bus-passing penalties nationwide
March 21, 2012
Rep. Bruce Braley introduces legislation at the federal level that would require Iowa’s new penalties for motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses to apply to all states in the country. States that fail to adopt the standards would face losing 10 percent of federal highway funding each year.
Iowa governor signs illegal bus passing bill
March 19, 2012
Under the legislation, which takes effect immediately, drivers face a fine of up to $675 and up to 30 days in jail for a first offense. Max Christensen, executive officer of school transportation at the Iowa Department of Education, discusses the provisions of the law with SBF and also provides an update on additional statewide efforts to combat the problem of stop-arm running.
Iowa illegal bus passing bill advances
March 5, 2012
The state Senate unanimously passes legislation that would increase the fine for passing a stopped school bus from $200 to up to $675 and also calls for up to 30 days in jail for a first offense. The bill is named after Kadyn Halverson, who was struck and killed by a pickup truck last year as she was walking across a road to board her school bus.

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