There is no gray area on testing, yet either willingly or unwillingly, drivers are still finding themselves on the wrong side of this issue, says Ronna Weber, a consultant working with the American Bus Association.
The list of 10 items includes priorities such as distracted driving, strengthening occupant protection, and implementing collision avoidance systems.
State Sen. Carl Marcellino is honored for supporting safe student transportation and sponsoring a bill on pre-employment and random drug and alcohol testing of school bus drivers, which recently became law.
The law requires all school bus drivers to be included in the sample pool for random tests. Drivers also can’t assume duty within eight hours of consuming alcohol, an increase from six hours.
The two bills would require all school bus drivers, including those who drive smaller buses and are exempted under federal law, to be included in the sample pool for random tests and undergo pre-employment testing.
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.
The New York Association for Pupil Transportation supports the legislation, which responds to instances of school bus driver DUIs.
A new final rule adds four semi-synthetic opioids: hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, and oxymorphone.
Starting in 2020, the database will contain records of violations of FMCSA’s drug and alcohol testing program by CDL holders, including school bus drivers.
The attorney for Elizabeth Burris of Colorado says that she was not impaired at the time of a December crash in which her bus overturned. Burris pleads not guilty to multiple charges.
Elizabeth Burris of Colorado lost control of her bus, which rolled over and seriously injured two students. She allegedly told state troopers that she was taking six prescription drugs at the time of the accident, and her lawyer said she is under a doctor’s care for Fibromyalgia.
A student noticed that Vanessa Baillis seemed to forget where she was going, and a criminal complaint states that Baillis drove off the road and fell asleep behind the wheel. Blood work showed oxycodone and a powerful anti-anxiety drug in her system.
The National School Transportation Association believes that before commercial motor vehicle carriers are permitted to use an alternative to the current tests, there must be consensus that the alternate method is scientifically and technologically proven to be valid and reliable.
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