After committee approval, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act now heads to the House floor.
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House committee passes highway bill

The multi-year surface transportation reauthorization now heads to the House floor. NSTA says that the bill includes several provisions to resolve threats to the private school bus industry.

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Feds order Utah bus company to cease operations

Deseret Bus Service, which primarily transported children, is halted for repeatedly operating unsafe vehicles and for failing to comply with a federal consent order, FMCSA officials say.

The U.S. House narrowly passed an amendment that aims to block an increase to minimum levels of financial responsibility for commercial motor vehicle carriers.
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House passes measure to block minimum insurance increase

The National School Transportation Association supports the amendment, saying that it would “stop the administration's pursuit of massive increases that would be very damaging to the industry and potentially decrease safety by reducing the availability of school bus service across the nation."

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Drug, alcohol clearinghouse for CDL drivers proposed

Federal officials say that the clearinghouse would make it easier to determine whether a truck or bus driver is prohibited from operating a commercial motor vehicle for failing to comply with drug and alcohol regulations. A spokesperson for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that all employers of CDL holders, including school bus drivers, would have to have programs to satisfy the proposed rule.

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FMCSA: CDL drivers still have to self-certify by Jan. 30

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes a final rule that extends by one year the requirement for interstate commercial drivers to have paper copies of their medical examiner’s certifications with them while operating their vehicle. However, the deadline for CDL drivers to self-certify their status (interstate or intrastate, exempt or non-exempt) is still Jan. 30, 2014.

On Oct. 15, President Obama signed H.R. 3095, which requires the FMCSA to go through a formal notice and comment rulemaking proceeding when issuing guidance on the screening, testing and treatment of commercial drivers for obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.
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Obama signs sleep apnea bill

The bipartisan bill requires the FMCSA to go through a formal notice and comment rulemaking proceeding when issuing guidance on the screening, testing and treatment of commercial drivers for obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. The National School Transportation Association and the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services were among the groups advocating for the legislation.

Taxis are commonly used to transport students in Chicago, among other places.iStock image © benkrut
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Gauging the safety of school bus alternatives

Many school districts and contractors are employing a variety of vehicles to supplement traditional yellow bus service. These alternative arrangements often cut costs and shorten ride times, but the safety implications of transporting students in taxis, vans and other non-school bus vehicles have become a contentious issue.

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Sleep apnea bill passes House, NASDPTS adds support

The House unanimously passes the bipartisan bill that aims to prevent the FMCSA from issuing guidance on sleep apnea testing for commercial drivers without a formal rulemaking. The state directors association joins NSTA and other groups in advocating for the legislation, which the Senate will now consider.

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