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.
Kari Chopper had an enlarged heart and may have experienced abnormal heart rhythm or a fainting episode before she crashed into a pillar at the Denver airport last month, according to the autopsy. No signs of drug or alcohol use were found.
The district’s transportation department and its union’s “Love Your Heart” initiative will encourage employees to develop healthy habits such as daily exercise.
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.
Tennessee bus driver Hollis Clay Walker allegedly crashes into a gate and sideswipes a fence on his route and is found with Klonopin pills. Several other complaints state that Walker had almost hit cars.
We fully support ensuring that school bus transportation remains the safest form of transportation, but we cannot support significant new mandates on the industry without data showing that improved safety could be realized.
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.
After experiencing the decline in fitness that often accompanies truck driving, Siphiwe Baleka set out to develop a realistic routine for truckers to get in shape. Now, he brings his health message to the school bus world.
Autopsy results show that James Davenport, who was injured in the crash, died later of natural causes but was on several medications at the time of his death. However, earlier toxicology reports showed that he did not have drugs in his system at the time of the crash.
Autopsy and toxicology reports on New York driver Edwin Rivera DeJesus show he had an underlying heart condition, dispelling rumors that he was intoxicated during the accident.
Gov. Nathan Deal signed the 2016 state budget without his proposed cuts to health insurance benefits for part-time school employees. However, districts will have to increase the share they pay for health insurance for those workers to nearly $103 million.
Georgia House leaders reject Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to cut health insurance benefits to part-time school employees, but they increase employer contributions to cover the cost.
The Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation says a proposal to cut health funding for part-time school bus drivers would remove a valuable recruitment and retention tool, as well as a large chunk of driver compensation.