After investigating the 2016 crashes in Baltimore and Chattanooga, NTSB recommends improvements in school bus driver oversight and calls on states to mandate lap-shoulder belts.
The state directors’ organization details requirements and outlines the history of standards created for driver training. NASDPTS also notes its involvement in initiatives that impact school bus drivers.
The company recognizes several school districts and school bus companies for efforts to enhance safety training.
The legislation in Congress aims to reduce wait times for driver applicants to take a CDL skills test.
One bill would cut training hours needed for CDL holders and those approved to operate a school bus. Another would allow bus ads.
The auditor general discovers 10 drivers in the state who should have been banned from transporting students because of criminal convictions.
The widespread shortage has increased challenges for some beyond the usual period of adjustment during back-to-school season. This year, mainstream media seems to be paying more attention.
Under a bill signed by the governor, new school bus drivers in Tennessee will have to be at least 25 years old. The bill also mandates state standards for driver and manager training.
A bill that would raise the minimum age for new school bus drivers in the state passes unanimously in the House. Another bill that would require restraints on school buses passes a committee vote.
Johnthony Walker, the driver in the fatal November crash, is indicted on six counts of vehicular homicide. Other charges include reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and use of a portable electronic device by a school bus driver.
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.