Government

Ontario Passes Law Banning Cell Phones While Driving

With the passage of Bill 118 to ban drivers from using hand-held cell phones, Blackberries and iPods, the Ontario School Bus Association said it will continue to push the Ontario Government to issue an exemption to school boards for two-way radios in school buses.

EPA Lays Out Renewable Fuel Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that outlines the potential evolution of the National Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS-2), which would result in a nearly 17 percent increase in minimum total U.S. stockpiles by the end of 2010 and more than three times as much as the current requirement by 2022.

FMCSA Program Only Implemented in Half of States

While the $5 million a year Performance and Registration Information Systems Management grant program, known as PRISM, is worth the effort of states that voluntarily participate, it remains unknown the true safety impact of removing commercial vehicles from the road that fail certifications.

North Carolina Could Cut School Days

A House subcommittee has proposed reducing instructional days over the next two school years as part of 11 percent budget cuts for state education, and school transportation faces potential cuts totaling 5 percent.

NTSB to Release Accident Investigation Info to Web Site

WASHINTON, D.C. — In an effort to bring the National Transportation Safety Board in compliance to legislative and executive mandates that to create to a more open and transparent government, certain information from NTSB accident investigations will now be available on its Web site.

New Indiana School Bus Laws to Go into Effect

Indiana school bus drivers will have a few new requirements to adhere to when they return to school later this summer, including a new law effective July 1 that requires them to walk the bus aisle before leaving the bus to make sure students aren’t sleeping in seats.