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NSTA Advocacy in Action — What is MAP-21, and how does it affect our industry?
November 13, 2015

MAP-21 stands for “Moving Ahead for Progress for the 21st Century.” It was the most recent multi-year surface transportation reauthorization bill, and is past due to be reauthorized.

House committee passes highway bill
October 22, 2015
The multi-year surface transportation reauthorization now heads to the House floor. NSTA says that the bill includes several provisions to resolve threats to the private school bus industry.
Feds order Utah bus company to cease operations
August 11, 2015
Deseret Bus Service, which primarily transported children, is halted for repeatedly operating unsafe vehicles and for failing to comply with a federal consent order, FMCSA officials say.
Efforts to block FMCSA’s insurance increase continue
June 5, 2015
A provision to stop the federal agency from raising insurance minimums for bus operators has survived several challenges in the House.
NSTA Advocacy in Action — Should FMCSA increase the federal insurance minimums?
May 6, 2015

The FCMSA is considering an increase in the federal minimum insurance requirements for passenger motor carriers. This is a very important issue for school bus contractors, as these requirements could dramatically affect insurance costs.

Bill would leave passenger carrier insurance authority with Congress
May 5, 2015
The legislation, which NSTA supports, would prevent the U.S. secretary of transportation from raising insurance minimums on the school transportation and motorcoach industries.
NSTA Advocacy in Action — What is a negotiated rulemaking, and is it a good thing?
March 31, 2015

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed employing the negotiated rulemaking process to find a solution to its long-proposed concept of entry-level driver training. What is this process, and is it a good thing?

House passes measure to block minimum insurance increase
June 12, 2014
The National School Transportation Association supports the amendment, saying that it would “stop the administration's pursuit of massive increases that would be very damaging to the industry and potentially decrease safety by reducing the availability of school bus service across the nation."
Drug, alcohol clearinghouse for CDL drivers proposed
February 20, 2014
Federal officials say that the clearinghouse would make it easier to determine whether a truck or bus driver is prohibited from operating a commercial motor vehicle for failing to comply with drug and alcohol regulations. A spokesperson for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that all employers of CDL holders, including school bus drivers, would have to have programs to satisfy the proposed rule.
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.
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.
Gauging the safety of school bus alternatives
October 15, 2013

Many school districts and contractors are employing a variety of vehicles to supplement traditional yellow bus service. These alternative arrangements often cut costs and shorten ride times, but the safety implications of transporting students in taxis, vans and other non-school bus vehicles have become a contentious issue.

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.
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.
FMCSA declares trucker in fatal hit-and-run an ‘imminent hazard’
May 2, 2013
The driver, Johnny Allen Spell, was operating a tractor-trailer when he failed to stop for a school bus, which had engaged its warning lights and was unloading passengers. Spell’s vehicle fatally struck a child. Federal investigators are also reviewing the hiring practices and compliance records of Ricky Lucas Trucking, Spell’s employer.
FMCSA safety officer to speak at Zonar conference
April 18, 2013
Jack Van Steenburg, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s chief safety officer and assistant administrator, is scheduled to speak at THE ZONE, which will be held in San Antonio in May. Officials say he will provide an update of federal safety and compliance efforts and discuss future plans for the administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.
FMCSA names Gary Catapano to advisory committee
March 4, 2013
Catapano, the senior vice president of safety for First Student, is also involved in National School Transportation Association (NSTA) committees. Now, as a member of FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, Catapano says he will "help the agency with the regulations that affect NSTA’s members."
Zonar to launch fleet management conference
January 17, 2013
The provider of fleet telematics, remote diagnostics and mobile onboard computing will launch THE ZONE 2013 from May 14 to 16 in San Antonio. Officials say that the fleet management conference will offer renowned industry speakers covering strategic transportation topics.
NAPT Summit adds 2 speakers
August 2, 2012
Michael Eugene of Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla., and Anne S. Ferro of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are scheduled to speak at the National Association for Pupil Transportation's 2012 Summit in Memphis in October.
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