Special Needs Transportation

New York rejects special-needs route bids, awaits employee protections

Posted on May 4, 2015

NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration recently rejected a round of bids from school bus companies that did not include certain protections for experienced bus drivers, delaying the bidding process until a state legislature vote on a law that would reinstate them, Capital New York reports.

The bids were for 1,569 routes that will serve special-needs students this summer, according to the news source. A City Hall official told Capital New York that the service will continue under existing contracts, which contain the Employee Protection Provision (EPP) for longtime bus drivers.

De Blasio has planned to restore the protections ever since they were removed by former mayor Michael Bloomberg, which led to a month-long bus strike in 2013. De Blasio has argued that retaining experienced bus drivers is a matter of safety for schoolchildren.

The City Council passed a bill supported by de Blasio last summer that created a $42 million grant program to subsidize more experienced bus drivers while they await the official reinstatement of EPP, according to the news source. The program faced controversy from a watchdog budget group that argued that it violated the city's protocol for collective bargaining, as city workers' wages are not negotiated via legislation.

To read the full story, go here.

Related Topics: driver strike, legal issues, New York

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
Greenville County (S.C.) Schools’ Special Needs Physical Performance Test (SNPPT) for aides and drivers is composed of 11 standards. Shown here, Teena Mitchell (left), special-needs transportation coordinator for the district, tests a driver on SNPPT standard number 7, which is securing cam straps around a seat and securing a safety vest within three minutes.

PHOTOS: Special-Needs Physical Testing Program

Greenville County (S.C.) Schools’ Special Needs Physical Performance Test is conducted every year to ensure that special-needs drivers and attendants have the skills and abilities required to do the job.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!