The National Transportation Safety Board announced that Robert L. Sumwalt once again is the agency's vice chairman, taking over the spot on the board from fellow Member Bella Dinh-Zarr. He also replaces Dinh-Zarr as acting chairman as the nation's independent crash investigation agency awaits a full-time leader.
Blue Bird announced that its Gasoline Vision school bus has received certification it exceeds the federal standard of 0.20 g/bhp-hr in nitrogen oxide emissions. EPA and the California Air Resources Board approved the bus last month.
Alexandria, VA – The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) hosts its annual Capitol Hill Bus-In on March 28 and 29 in Washington, D.C. This premier two-day event will bring 45 CEO's and senior executives of private school bus companies to Washington where they will participate in over 250 individualized meetings with Congressional offices, scheduled by NSTA's government relations firm Prime Policy Group, to raise critical issues related to occupant protection in the school transportation industry.
I wrote last month that the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund could prove to be the second coming of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in terms of new school bus purchase and repowers. But if doomsday scenarios play out in terms of proposed federal cuts to entitlements, take Medicaid as an example, and with many convinced that the Individuals with Disabilities Act is in the crosshairs of the new administration, how many fewer student riders might there eventually be for all these new buses? It’s a question that begs exploration.
A House budget proposal backed by Republicans would cut Medicaid spending by at least 25 percent by shifting costs to states through block grants, a move educators fear would cause them to fall out of compliance with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).