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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.
NAPT News & Views — NTSB official, Carrollton film on tap for 2013 Summit
October 4, 2013

NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher A. Hart will headline the NAPT/NASDPTS joint session. Emmy-nominated writer and historian Daniel Blake Smith will present a screening of the film “Impact: After the Crash,” a reenactment of the catastrophic 1988 bus crash in Carrollton, Ky., that shares inspirational stories of survivors.


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.
Grand Rapids conferences to cover crash results, security, KPIs
September 26, 2013
Christopher Hart, vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, will address NAPT and NASDPTS members in a joint session. He is expected to discuss recent crash investigation results and recommendations. Also during the joint session, attendees will watch the film “Impact: After the Crash,” which reenacts the catastrophic 1988 bus crash in Carrollton, Ky., and shares inspirational stories of survivors.
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 Officials say on Thursday that the proposal was withdrawn “because commenters to the NPRM, and participants in the agency’s 2013 public listening sessions, raised substantive issues which have led the agency to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.”
Education, transportation secretaries support yellow buses
September 12, 2013
Staff members at the Tucson (Ariz.) Unified School District bus depot are joined on Wednesday morning by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The duo discuss the importance of bus drivers in school safety, and they ride along on a school bus before participating in a service project at a local middle school.
85K stop-arm violations in national count
August 13, 2013
This year’s survey conducted by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services finds 85,279 violations in a single day, which is down from last year’s count of 88,025. More than half (57.5%) of the vehicles passed the buses from the front, while 42.5% of those counted passed the buses from the rear.
State directors: NTSB findings will be 'roadmap' for enhancing safety
August 5, 2013
NASDPTS says that the federal agency's investigation of the Chesterfield, N.J., school bus crash pointed out a number of student transportation concerns, including driver fatigue and medications. Also, NASDPTS says that the findings reinforce the association's support of lap-shoulder belts for school buses, as long as funding is made available for them.
NASDPTS joins Facebook
May 22, 2013
Executive Director Bob Riley was instrumental in building the page and will serve as its moderator. Officials for the state directors association say that social media sites like Facebook prove to be an effective way to communicate industry initiatives and ideas.
NASDPTS looks at ways to enhance training, service
January 17, 2013

From routing strategies to innovative facilities, speakers at the state directors conference share numerous ideas for enhancing school bus service and training. The NASDPTS membership continues to change, with more state directors announcing their retirement.

Ore. state director Steven Huillet to retire
November 30, 2012
During his tenure at the Oregon Department of Education, Huillet has worked on key developments to enhance school bus maintenance and safety, including a certification program for technicians to conduct annual inspections.
NASDPTS looks at ways to enhance training, service
October 26, 2012
From routing strategies to innovative facilities, speakers at the state directors conference share numerous ideas for enhancing school bus service and training. The NASDPTS membership continues to change, now with Colorado state director Bruce Little announcing his coming retirement and Greta Bleau taking on the role.
Associations prep impressive agendas for Memphis
October 18, 2012

At this year’s NASDPTS and NAPT conferences, speakers are scheduled to discuss such topics as advanced school bus design, performance-based management and transportation safety trends. NAPT workshops will cover social media and other interesting issues, and the association’s conference will feature a revamped awards banquet and a two-day trade show.

Max Christensen aims to maintain association alliances
October 16, 2012

At this year’s conference in Memphis, Tenn., Max Christensen will become president of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services. He plans to keep the association focused on changes in technology, build upon its relationship with other industry groups and work on growing its ties to federal-level agencies.

Illegal bus passing: Knowing is half the battle
October 12, 2012

If drivers know in advance that they should be looking out for those stopped buses, and if they’ve been educated on the danger that illegal passing poses for students, they should be more prepared and more convinced of the need to stop. 

Ohio state director Pete Japikse steps down
September 4, 2012
The 32-year veteran of pupil transportation retires from state service, but he will soon begin a new role with the Ohio School Boards Association in which he says he will “continue working with the great people in this business.”
National survey finds 88K stop-arm passes
August 20, 2012
NASDPTS reports that the one-day sample represents nearly 16 million violations in one school year, up from about 13 million based on the 2011 count. Executive Director Bob Riley tells SBF that the results show that stop-arm running is "still a serious problem."
NASDPTS to create model pre-trip evacuation briefing
May 10, 2012
The action is part of the state pupil transportation directors’ response to a National Transportation Safety Board recommendation, which stemmed from the fatal school bus crash in Gray Summit, Mo.
States launch 2nd national stop-arm running count
April 10, 2012
The inaugural survey found that more than 76,000 vehicles illegally passed school buses in a one-day snapshot. This year, NASDPTS aims to get more states involved in the count and to keep raising awareness about the pervasive problem.
Feds show school bus support
January 5, 2012

At the annual conference of state pupil transportation directors, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland touts the safety and environmental benefits of the “humble yellow school bus,” as he calls it. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman credits state directors and others in the industry for their work to prevent school bus-train crashes.

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