Ronna Weber is executive director of the National School Transportation Association.
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Beyond Compliance: Rewarding Safety Programs

Several voluntary safety program best practices would be worthy of inclusion in a beyond compliance program. NSTA encourages FMCSA to utilize the performance metrics of preventable accidents, non-preventable accidents and Department of Transportation reportable crashes when measuring all programs.

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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