In the heavily regulated school transportation industry, it often feels like the governmental agencies have all the power. However, the legislative and judicial branches of government provide options for checks and balances.
Albemarle County (Va.) Public Schools delays plans to install the cameras on its buses and mail tickets to motorists who illegally pass them. A new law does not authorize the DMV to release car registration information to the camera supplier.
Lawmakers approved SB 1072, which would require school buses to be equipped with child-check alarms, in response to the death of a special-needs student who had been left on the bus for several hours.
The Charles “Chuck” Poland Jr. Act allows school districts to prosecute trespassers as a misdemeanor. It has also helped boost school transportation security training.
Indiana Senate Bill 326 would let school bus drivers and monitors provide a statement after witnessing a motorist commit the misdemeanor of illegally passing a school bus.
New legislation would clarify that police can issue citations by mail instead of having to deliver them in person, after Falls Church and Arlington County had stopped issuing citations in October.
The fifth edition of Transporting Children with Disabilities is available through the National Association for Pupil Transportation.
If you are a business owner in the school bus industry, you might not have much free time to think about succession planning. But a plan for the future ownership of your business is not optional.
The New York School Bus Contractors Association is supporting a state bill that would increase the range of fines and stiffen penalties for illegally passing a stopped school bus.
Twenty-six parties with different interests reached an agreement that is far better than the original proposal. The agreement includes a balance of increased requirements that are not detrimental to the industry and will foster safer entry-level drivers.
The event drew more than 130 delegates from 10 states to Arlington, Texas, where they held educational sessions in a convention center flanked by roller coasters and sports stadiums.
Edgar Robles, 16, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle. He is being tried as an adult and would face a minimum of 25 years in prison if convicted.
The Senate Education Committee approves bills on installing stop-arm cameras; requiring lap-shoulder belts and sensors to alert drivers when a child walks in front of the bus; and a training program on interacting with special-needs students.