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NASDPTS: Contact State Directors for Tapping VW Settlement Fund

Student transporters interested in applying for their share of a $2.7-billion national trust fund for replacing or retrofitting diesel school buses should use their local state director of transportation as…
  • Last modified on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 12:49

U.S. DOT Wants Drug Testing to Align with HHS Rules

The Department of Transportation is proposing to add four opiods to its drug-testing panel for commercial drivers, as well as clarify urine specimen rules.
  • Last modified on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 08:42

NY Program Addresses LGBTQ Bullying on School Bus

More than 250 school bus drivers at the Shenendehowa Central School District in upstate New York recently attended a new course that focuses on transporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and…
  • Last modified on Friday, 20 January 2017 12:05

NTSB: Chattanooga School Bus Crash Still Under Investigation

The National Transportation Safety Board released additional details on the Nov. 21 school bus crash that killed six students and injured 31 others, but the probable cause won’t be determined…
  • Last modified on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 10:42

Feds Scrutinize Fatal School Bus Crashes in Safety Report

Based on a detailed analysis of school bus safety data, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that school bus fatalities represent less than 1 percent of total road fatalities nationwide…
  • Last modified on Thursday, 26 January 2017 12:15

Utah State Director Martin Announces Impending Retirement

After more than a decade overseeing the pupil transportation program for the Utah State Department of Education, Murrell Martin is retiring from this role, effective Feb. 1.
  • Last modified on Thursday, 26 January 2017 12:15

FMCSA To Examine Driver Drug and Alcohol Testing

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has started notifying truck and bus companies around the country that they are required to submit their 2016 U.S. DOT drug and alcohol testing…
  • Last modified on Thursday, 26 January 2017 12:16

Tennessee School Board Awaits Impact Study on Seat Belts

The Metro Public School Board in Nashville, Tennessee, unanimously passed a one-sentence resolution to commission an impact study to determine whether seat belts on buses are in the best interest…
  • Last modified on Friday, 20 January 2017 16:10

Developing an Effective, Dynamic Fleet Exercise Program

School bus drivers make numerous decisions every day. The deadly Chattanooga crash on Nov. 21 underscores the weight of these decisions. Most crashes are caused by driver error. A dynamic…
  • Last modified on Monday, 16 January 2017 10:29

National Survey Describes Student Deaths at School Bus Stop

The Kansas State Department of Education School Bus Safety Unit released its annual loading and unloading survey that shows a majority of the student fatalities last year were caused by…
  • Last modified on Monday, 16 January 2017 08:09

FMCSA Ensures Drug, Alcohol Clearinghouse Remains in Place

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has corrected a portion of last year’s final rule concerning the establishment of new minimum training standards for obtaining a commercial driver's license (CDL). 
  • Last modified on Thursday, 12 January 2017 16:15

Last Surviving Son of Blue Bird Founder Luce Passes Away

Blue Bird has asked all the flags at its various locations to be flown at half-staff in honor of Albert L. “Buddy” Luce, Jr., who died Wednesday evening. He was…
  • Last modified on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:23

Transportation Taps Fed Funding for Full-Time Head Start

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded roughly $290 million to hundreds of Head Start and Early Head Start programs around the country to expand the hours of…
  • Last modified on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:24