‘School Bus Driver’ Inadequately Describes Duties, Says NASDPTS

A new white paper published by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) concludes that the term “school bus driver” is insufficient in describing the profession and host of skills necessary for the job, as well as the vetting required of applicants.

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FMCSA Declares Pa. School Bus Driver Imminent Hazard

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared school bus driver Jasmine Smith to be an imminent hazard to public safety, due to two instances of DUI in two months.

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NYSBCA Wants School Bus Safety Knowledge Required for Driver’s License Applicants

LATHAM NY — The New York School Bus Contractors Association is calling for the passage of legislation that would mandate the addition of a school bus safety component to the pre-licensing driver education course and written test for all applicants seeking to obtain a New York state driver license. The legislation (SB 5974), sponsored by NY State Senator Elaine Phillips of Nassau County, recently passed in the State Senate. It is part of an ongoing effort to educate drivers about the dangers of illegally passing a stopped school bus.

Pa. School Districts Warned Bus Driver Oversight is Lacking

Audits that were performed over an eight-year period discovered 10 school bus drivers across the Keystone State who should have been disqualified from their positions because of criminal convictions. In addition, almost five dozen school districts were found to be deficient in keeping driver records.

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NYAPT Endorses Drug & Alcohol Testing Legislation

The New York Association for Pupil Transportation today announced its strong support for legislation that is being considered in the State Senate and Assembly, to increase and enhance random testing of school bus drivers for the presence of drugs or alcohol.