Raymond Martinez is cleared by the Senate to lead FMCSA. The National School Transportation Association says it looks forward to working with him.
Senate Bill 44 would require public school bus owners to comply with certain federal inspection standards. A school board worries it might lead to roadside checks and stops at weigh stations.
FMCSA had requested comment about raising minimum insurance requirements for commercial operators. The National School Transportation Association praises the withdrawal of the proposal.
The agency had proposed a new method for rating motor carriers’ safety fitness. NSTA says the approach was “based on a flawed CSA system and inconsistent data.”
As chief of the Department of Transportation, Chao’s purview includes two agencies that regulate pupil transportation: NHTSA and FMCSA.
The report, commissioned by FMCSA, sheds light on the frequency and common causes of fires in school buses and motorcoaches.
Tragic incidents cause us to rethink everything we do and double down on measures we believe will make the system even safer.
The report analyzes 15 years of crash data and surveys states’ requirements for school bus inspections and driver training.
The new FMCSA final rule applies to drivers seeking a CDL or endorsements, including a school bus endorsement.
Starting in 2020, the database will contain records of violations of FMCSA’s drug and alcohol testing program by CDL holders, including school bus drivers.
In a video statement, David Duke of Durham School Services issues an emotional apology to the families impacted by the crash, in which five students were killed.
State pupil transportation directors will convene in Kansas City, Missouri, next month to discuss such topics as school bus evacuations, stop-arm violations, and service animals.
The NSTA believes the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's proposal would offer very limited guidance on the safety record of some carriers and cause confusion.