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Growing number of stop-arm violations pleaded down, dismissed
April 27, 2015
Data show the rate of school bus stop-arm violations being pleaded down or dismissed has more than doubled in the state since Kadyn’s Law was adopted in 2012 to stiffen penalties for illegal bus passing.
Police crack down on unlicensed ‘school bus’ businesses
April 23, 2015
Police in New Jersey issued nine summonses to drivers who were allegedly using their personal vehicles to transport groups of children to school as a business venture without being licensed to operate their vehicle in a commercial capacity.
Bus driver defends actions in confrontation with bicyclist
April 20, 2015
A South Portland (Maine) School Department driver who was summonsed after an argument with a bicyclist in which he briefly trapped his hand in the door when he started to drive away, said the bicyclist got aggressive.
6 Key Things I Hope I've Taught You
April 17, 2015

As her career draws to a close, legal expert Peggy Burns reflects on the essential guidance she has given to pupil transporters over the past 20 years.

Proposed bill aims to crack down on stop-arm runners
April 6, 2015
HF 1948 would raise the fine for Minnesota motorists who illegally pass a school bus by $200 in an effort to make it tougher for violators to plea down the charge.
Peggy Burns awarded as School Bus Champion
March 25, 2015
The American School Bus Council recognizes Burns, an expert on legal issues in pupil transportation, for her two decades of dedication to the industry.
NSTA Advocacy in Action — How we advocate for the school bus industry
March 2, 2015

Advocacy efforts have involved defending existing laws that benefit the industry, opposing regulations that would be harmful, and promoting new policies that will help and grow the industry.

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.

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.
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.
Pupil transportation legal expert Peggy Burns to retire
January 6, 2015
After two decades of serving as a vital resource on legal issues for the pupil transportation industry, Burns will retire at the end of 2015.
Alleged assault of special-needs teen settled for $13K
December 1, 2014
The lawsuit alleged that a school bus monitor in East Hartford, Connecticut, assaulted a 13-year-old girl with special needs, but town officials disputed the suit's account.
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.
Updated report on sharing medical info with school transporters
November 3, 2014
Peggy Burns updates her “Sharing Student Health and Medical Information with School Transporters” report for NASDPTS.
Wisconsin senator urges school bus seat belt legislation
September 29, 2014
Retiring Sen. Tim Cullen asks colleagues to continue working toward mandating seat belts in new school buses after his bill fell short of making it to the Senate floor for a vote last session. The president of the Wisconsin School Bus Association testified against Cullen's bill during a hearing late last year.
Affordable Care Act: 5 things everyone needs to know
September 24, 2014

Employers with plan years that do not start on Jan. 1 will be able to begin compliance with employer responsibility at the start of their plan years in 2015 rather than on Jan. 1, 2015.

The benefits of aggressive claims collection for school bus businesses
September 2, 2014
For school bus contractors, maximizing claims collection after crashes recovers significant costs for repairs and loss-of-use. The extra revenue can help in increasing the client base and can even be put toward accident reduction initiatives.
Stop-arm cameras violate surveillance ban, critics say
July 22, 2014
Those opposed to the newly-installed cameras on Iowa City (Iowa) Community School District school buses say they violate the city’s traffic camera ban, and systems like this are designed to create revenue, not improve safety. Iowa City Attorney Eleanor Dilkes disagrees, saying that the law bans traffic cameras only for “qualified traffic violations” and stop-arm violations are not included.
Judge rules district owes $770K for bus collision
July 17, 2014
Norris School District is ordered to pay 70% of the damages awarded to Jeff Hall, a pickup truck driver injured in a 2009 collision with a district school bus. The Nebraska Supreme Court overrules a 2010 ruling by the trial court that apportioned 20% of the liability to the county, instructing the trial court to reapportion it between the truck driver and the district. The trial court judge orders the district to cover all 20% plus the initial 50% he had previously ordered it to pay.
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.
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