The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officially delays the deadline for the final rule "Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators" from Feb. 7, 2020, to Feb. 7, 2022. The agency released the official notice on Feb. 4.
The National Association for Pupil Transportation learns from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that it has not completed the Entry Level Driver Training registry due to technical issues. NAPT expects the ELDT deadline to be delayed.
The federal agency’s clearinghouse will contain records of violations of FMCSA’s drug and alcohol testing program by commercial drivers, including school bus drivers.
Some readers welcomed the idea, saying it’s out-of-the-box thinking. Others expressed concerns about current bus drivers losing opportunities to pick up extra hours for more pay.
The state Department of Education recognizes 16 school districts for their commitment to ensuring safe and efficient student transportation.
The legislation would allow a person who is at least 18 years old but under 21 to be licensed to drive a commercial motor vehicle.
The FMCSA amends Entry-Level Driver Training regulations to no longer require Class B CDL holders who want to upgrade to a Class A CDL to get the same training as individuals who have never held a CDL.
The laws require a school bus safety study, a certification program for some school transportation supervisors, and temporary suspension of a school bus endorsement for drivers with three or more moving violations.
The new laws address federal regulations compliance, proof of physical fitness, regular safety training, and communication about drivers with suspended or revoked licenses.
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction study finds that some school systems offer drivers work in other departments to get them full-time hours and pay.
A school bus company owner is also among those sentenced in a scheme that allowed more than 200 people to evade exams for permits and licenses, New Jersey prosecutors say.
After investigating the 2016 crashes in Baltimore and Chattanooga, NTSB recommends improvements in school bus driver oversight and calls on states to mandate lap-shoulder belts.
The state directors’ organization details requirements and outlines the history of standards created for driver training. NASDPTS also notes its involvement in initiatives that impact school bus drivers.
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