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FMCSA updates to medical certification, training explained

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.

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21 charged with cheating on CDL exams

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.”

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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.

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Program makes bus driver certification more efficient

Tennessee launches the THP Pupil Transportation Certification application, which replaces a paper-based manual process. Officials expect the program’s mobile and web-based components to provide substantial savings in time and expense and a significant reduction in errors due to manual entry.

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Veteran school transportation manager ends career with one last trip

When Louk Markham got behind the wheel of a school bus recently, it wasn't just any field trip — it was his final journey in a pupil transportation career that began nearly 40 years ago. Markham, who concluded his tenure as transportation supervisor at Merced (Calif.) City School District, discusses the highlights and challenges of his time in the yellow bus industry.

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Conn. allows video in citing stop-arm runners

Warning signs have to be posted on school buses equipped with surveillance systems to catch the violations. Images have to clearly show the license plate number of passing vehicles.

In “School Bus CDL Pre-Trip Inspection” Hamilton Southeastern School District bus driver Greg Beaverson conducts a pre-trip inspection on a transit-style bus, beginning with the outside and then moving to the inside.
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DVD instructs on school bus CDL pre-trip inspections

In “School Bus CDL Pre-Trip Inspection” Indiana bus driver Greg Beaverson conducts a pre-trip inspection on a transit-style bus, beginning with the outside and then moving to the inside. He tells SBF that with both the inside and the outside, the process is broken down into several mini chapters that can be selected from the DVD menu to make it easy for the trainee to memorize the steps.

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Bus drivers arrested for allegedly obtaining licenses using aliases

George Gregory Gonsalves and Emel Enrique Marin each had a valid commercial driver's license in one name and a suspended license in another. They have been charged with offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree and falsifying business records in the second degree.

A federal rule would prohibit interstate commercial truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle. (Pictured is a sign in Southside Place, Texas, indicating that cell use is barred while driving during certain hours.)
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Cell phone ban proposed for truck, bus drivers

Federal rule would prohibit interstate commercial truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle. The restriction would apply to school bus operations by private operators in interstate commerce, according to the proposal.

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Bill disqualifies CDL holders for DUI offenses

Under a new Louisiana law, individuals are unable to operate a school bus for 10 years if they are convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol while operating a commercial or noncommercial motor, or refuse to submit to a blood-alcohol test after being arrested for suspicion of DUI.

A New Jersey Senate committee approved legislation that would expand background check requirements to school bus drivers who don’t currently fall under the mandate. Pictured is the State House, where the Legislature meets.
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Bill would expand background check requirements

The New Jersey legislation would mandate that school bus drivers for nonpublic schools undergo criminal history record checks. School bus drivers employed by agencies like the Department of Human Services would also fall under the requirement.

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