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.
New commercial vehicles, including school buses, with a GVWR of more than 26,000 pounds would have to be equipped with devices that cap their speed.
FMCSA’s apparent plan to push forward on the safety fitness determination and then make corrections, if needed, will cause burdensome midstream changes, creating confusion and forcing additional training and expense.
If FMCSA decides to include the “S” endorsement requirements in a new federal mandate for entry-level commercial drivers, NAPT asks that states already meeting or exceeding the proposed requirements be exempt.
The provision, supported by the National School Transportation Association, addresses FMCSA’s Safety Fitness Determination proposal.