A new state law aims to accelerate the process of getting a commercial driver’s license by enabling private vendors to conduct the knowledge and skills tests.
One bill would require seat belts on school buses in Tennessee. Other proposals aim to raise the state’s minimum age for school bus drivers and increase oversight of pupil transportation.
The new FMCSA final rule applies to drivers seeking a CDL or endorsements, including a school bus endorsement.
A preliminary report finds that Glenn Chappell had hypertension, diabetes, and seizures, and in the past five years had been involved in at least 12 crashes or incidents while driving a school bus or personal vehicle.
Glenn Chappell was notified that he was “no longer authorized” to drive a school bus for failing to provide medical certification. The school system was not notified, he continued driving, and died in a crash that killed five others.
Amid a reported rise in prescription drug misuse and illicit drug abuse in the general workforce, school transportation providers stay vigilant with up-to-date training, education, and wellness efforts.
The new offering from School Bus Safety Co. is available online or in hard copy with CDs, guides, and practice tests.
FMCSA’s proposal addresses prerequisite training for entry-level drivers of commercial vehicles, including school buses.
The DVD is designed for drivers preparing for the test to earn a CDL. It shows the pre-trip inspection process and is broken down into several chapters.
In the session “Understanding Medical DOT and Fit for Duty Requirements,” NAPT attendees were brought up to speed on new criteria for medical examiners, driver training and drug and alcohol testing, as well as changes in how some cases of diabetes and sleep apnea are handled.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said it has no legal reason to deny the license to Amir Meshal, who already has a commercial truck driver’s license and has no disqualifying offenses.
The Military Skills Test Waiver Program lets states waive the skills test portion of the CDL application for veterans with experience operating a military truck or bus.
Wednesday's arrests in the New York City region are part of an ongoing investigation into a commercial driver license test cheating scheme first revealed in September. The Manhattan district attorney says that the 21 defendants "are accused of fraudulently obtaining specialized licenses, putting at risk the lives of everyone who shares our roadways.”