The 10-year-old student was found in the bus yard of the Louisiana school, and the transportation manager told officers the boy had fallen asleep. The driver and aide were arrested.
SALT LAKE CITY — In an interesting turn of events, Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law on Friday a bill that will allow local school boards and charter school governing boards throughout the state to sell advertising space on the exterior of school buses.
In January, SBF reported that a bill on the topic introduced by Rep. Jim Bird was rejected in a 27-44 House vote.
However, the bill was brought back under a motion for the House to reconsider it, and an amended version was eventually approved by the House and Senate and sent to the governor.
Under HB 199, local school boards or charter school governing boards that sell advertising space on the exterior of a school bus must adopt guidelines for the type of advertising that will be permitted.
The advertisements must be age appropriate and must not promote any substance or activity that is illegal for minors, such as alcohol, tobacco, drugs or gambling. Moreover, the ads must not promote any political party, candidate or issue, or contain sexual material and resemble a traffic-control device.
The state’s Department of Transportation will be required to enforce rules regarding the placement and size of advertisements on school buses. Under the bill, an ad cannot be placed on the back or front of a school bus, and it can occupy no more than 35 percent of the side of a school bus.
A commercial advertiser that contracts with a school district for the use of space for an advertisement will be required to pay the cost of placing the advertisement on a school bus, and for the removal of the advertisement after the term of the contract has expired.
Revenue from the sale of advertising space on a school bus must be used for pupil transportation expenditures.
The New York School Bus Contractors Association hosts an Operation Safe Stop event and again calls for tougher penalties for stop-arm violations.
The Arizona mother of a 4-year-old calls 911 after her son’s bus drives past her home without stopping, due to confusion on the part of a substitute aide. The boy was found safe on the bus while it was still dropping off students.
A new proposal calls for three-point belts on Texas school buses starting with model year 2018, but school boards could opt out due to budgetary constraints.
The company selects 35 school districts and community organizations to receive United Against Bullying Grant funding this year, with awards ranging from $100 to $3,500.
Officers across the state are focusing on school bus stops that have been identified as hot spots of stop-arm running.
The school bus company is honored with an award for its maintenance program in Spokane, Washington, and receives a 100% score on an inspection of one of its Minnesota fleets.
Cater, the director of transportation for Allen Independent School District, has been recognized for school bus driver training programs and security efforts.
A dozen junior high track athletes are injured when their school bus overturns on an Idaho highway.
This dramatization from Georgia, based on a true story, teaches students about safely boarding and exiting the school bus — including what to do if they drop something.
Training for safety competitions was a demanding endeavor for driver-turned-teacher Angie Ortiz, but the hard work paid off by helping her keep her passengers safe.
A bill that would raise the minimum age for new school bus drivers in the state passes unanimously in the House. Another bill that would require restraints on school buses passes a committee vote.
Planning for the 17th National Congress on School Transportation is now in the works, with committee members being re-established and selected through this summer.
The competition is open to all kinds of shots related to school transportation. Two winners will each receive a $100 cash prize.
The IC Bus event was about embracing change and thinking big. Thinking big is hard sometimes, and change of any kind is stressful.