Lap-shoulder belts will be required on all new school buses ordered as of Oct. 2. Safety equipment such as a second stop arm, hand rails, exterior boarding lights, and fire-resistant crash barriers are also required.
Jennifer Love of New Jersey is pushing for legislation that would require all of the state’s special-needs buses to be equipped with video surveillance cameras and GPS systems.
As we continue to evolve school bus manufacturing, design, and equipment, let’s also evolve laws, penalties, and — most importantly — driver mindset, when it comes to careless and distracted driving around stopped school buses.
Heidi King’s last day as acting administrator of the regulatory agency will be Aug. 31. She will be replaced by James Owens, the U.S. DOT’s deputy general counsel.
House Rep. Robert Goforth pushes for legislation that would require school districts to purchase and install stop-arm cameras on school buses by Aug. 1, 2023.
Rick Sorrells, who led Dallas (Texas) County Schools before retiring in March 2017, is sentenced to seven years in federal prison for his role in the scheme, which caused the agency’s demise.
Gov. Eric Holcomb announces $380,000 in grant funding for increased traffic enforcement near school bus stops across the state and a judge requires stop-arm runners in one county to appear in court.
School districts can now install stop-arm cameras on buses and work with law enforcement to pinpoint locations with the most frequent violations. The law also raises ticket fines.
U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Rep. Steve Cohen’s School Bus Safety Act of 2019 would require lap-shoulder belts and safety technology on every school bus and would provide funding for them.
John Benish Jr., who is also president and chief operating officer of Cook-Illinois Corp., provides expert witness testimony to Congress on issues including illegal passing and seat belts.
Over 130,963 school bus drivers participated in this year’s one-day count, conducted by NASDPTS.
The Utah mother of a boy who was dragged when his backpack got caught in the door accuses the driver of a history of racially-motivated discrimination and bullying. Davis School District settles in the amount of $62,500.
State lawmakers pass legislation to increase fines for passing stopped school buses. Meanwhile, county commissioners approve the use of stop-arm cameras on buses.