The Unified Carrier Registration Board (UCR) affirmed its position in 2017 that a school transportation company must include all school buses in its fleet for purposes of determining UCR fees — even if only one vehicle crosses state lines.
Districts, school bus companies, and suppliers hold refresher training, partner with law enforcement, and advocate for key legislation.
The city of Shelbyville may expand its smoking ban to include school bus stops after a mother voices concern about the health of her son and other children.
The boy’s parents sued a Missouri school district, claiming that their son was injured when another student punched him on the bus.
Gov. Phil Murphy signs a law that upgrades the requirement for seat belts on new school buses from lap-only belts to lap-shoulder belts. The mandate takes effect in 180 days.
Loretta Depew is awarded nearly $97,000. She was fired for leaving a student on her bus, but she asserted that a male driver was only suspended for the same infraction.
The state Senate Transportation Committee approves the bills, which address driver qualifications, transportation staffing, accident response, and tightening accountability measures.
As recent news shows, video surveillance systems on school buses are essential for getting a clear picture of events.
Despite clear case law, many school districts and bus companies still shortchange their drivers. Confusion lies with exemptions and rules related to collective bargaining.
“Miranda’s Law,” a proposed federal bill, would require automatic notifications of driver violations to school districts and school bus companies within 24 hours.
Ohio and Washington lawmakers introduce bills that would require school buses to be equipped with lap-shoulder belts. In New York and New Jersey, legislators propose upgrades from lap-only belts to lap-shoulder belts.
Transportation company chairman Dale Krapf testifies before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Highways and Transit Subcommittee on the FAST Act and on BUSREGS-21.
State school transportation providers are encouraging the Legislature to support SB 566, which would establish a commission to study the school bus driver shortage to help obtain solutions.