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NHTSA's Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for School Buses and Transit Buses

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School Buses under 10,000# GVWR
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The FMVSS System and School Bus Safety

The modern school bus era has been marked by federal rules, designated "FMVSS" for federal motor vehicle safety standards. These standards are the method by which the federal government regulates the safety of all motor vehicles sold for use in the United States. All vehicle manufacturers, whether they manufacture school buses, trucks, automobiles, motorcycles of other highway vehicles, must comply with the applicable FMVSS regulations. Once a vehicle is sold or leased, regulation of the operation of the vehicle becomes the responsibility of the states.

CARB Study Points to Elevated Pollutants Inside School Buses

SACRAMENTO (November 2003) — A new $450,000 study for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) conducted by researchers at UCLA and UC Riverside, found that pollution levels and air quality inside school buses might be unhealthy. Released in mid-October, this is the latest in a string of studies that suggest high pollutant concentrations inside school buses.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A federal appeals court rejected attempts May 3 by some engine makers and fuel refiners to squelch the Environmental Protection Agency's 2007 emissions requirements for diesel trucks and buses, adding yet another chapter to the long-running debate over diesel fuel and school buses.

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EPA Proposes New 2007 Diesel Engine and Fuel Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- With less than a month left in the Clinton Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency today announced a plan to combine cleaner diesel fuel and more stringent diesel engine emission requirements for trucks and buses. The plan will take effect in 2007.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. District Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. rejected the Environmental Protection Agency's new limits on ozone and particulate matter, meaning the impact of the agency's emission standards on diesel engine builders is likely to be minimal.

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