NEW YORK -- The New York School Bus Contractors Association is renewing its call for budget initiatives that will help taxpayers and school districts save millions of dollars each year, along with the passage of school bus safety legislation that will make the ride safer for children who ride a yellow school bus to school and back each day.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ruled that there will be no altering FMVSS 108 to additionally warn motorists school buses are stopping to load or unload students.
Eight students were killed nationwide in the school bus loading and unloading zone, two by their own buses and six by passing vehicles, during the 2016-2017 school year. Four fatalities were recorded for each of the previous two school years.
The New York School Bus Contractors Association strongly supports a proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to increase fines on motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.
There is a facility in central Idaho that dismantles nuclear warheads. The warheads are transported in average looking semis escorted by ordinary looking vehicles that are manned by specially trained and heavily armed tactical officers. The semi transporting the warhead is heavily armored and will self-protect even if the security team is taken out. Sadly, school buses do not have the luxury of security escorts.
Motorists in Michigan will encounter flashing signage on school buses alerting them to come to a complete stop for students who are loading and unloading.