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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Jim Clary, who drives a school bus and trains other drivers at his Ohio district, qualifies as an examiner to test new truck and bus drivers for their CDL.
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” 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.