In 2022, highlights on the School Bus Fleet website included the “under-the-hood” CDL waiver, association collaboration, and safety concerns. Here are the year’s most-viewed SBF news stories.

1. Temporary Federal Waiver Announced for School Bus Driver Applicants (Published: Jan. 4)

 -  Image: U.S. Department of Transportation

Image: U.S. Department of Transportation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced an option for states to waive the “under-the-hood” portion of the commercial driver’s license (CDL) skills test in the hopes of helping school bus driver recruitment.

2. Associations Unite for Electric School Bus Collaborative (Published: April 5)

The Electric School Bus Collaborative formed through the joint efforts of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the Association of School Business Officials International, and the National Association for Pupil Transportation.

3. Collision Between School Van, Truck in Arkansas Leaves Five Dead (Published: June 7)

Five people died in a 15-passenger school van in Arkansas after colliding with an oncoming truck that carried cooking oil. The van was from C.B. King Memorial School, which served people with developmental delays or disabilities.

4. Michigan School Bus Driver Charged in Death of Student Hit by Car (Published: April 12)

 -  Photo: Detroit (Mich.) Police Department

Photo: Detroit (Mich.) Police Department

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office charged a 65-year-old school bus driver after a 13-year-old boy suffered fatal injuries after he was hit by a vehicle after disembarking from the Detroit school bus.


5. School Bus Driver Fitness Remains Concern, Despite Lessons Learned (Published: Jan. 13)

 -  Image: Canva/School Bus Fleet

Image: Canva/School Bus Fleet

During an online conference of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS), Iowa’s student transportation leader, Max Christensen, discussed school bus driver fitness issues.

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