Safety & Security

North Carolina Gets Tough with Registered Sex Offenders Who Drive School Children

Gov. Beverly E. Perdue signed HB 1117 into law last month to prohibit all registered sex offenders from applying for and obtaining a commercial driver's license with the passenger or school bus endorsement.

Effective Dec. 1, 2009, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will not issue or renew a CDL or a CDL learner's permit to any person registered with the state's sex offender and public protection programs or who is registered as a sex offender in any other state.

SAFETEA-LU

A June 2006 report by the National Transportation Safety Board released a national status report on implementing pupil transportation safety recommendations as part of its "Most Wanted List" of recommended transportation safety improvements. It found a majority of states have failed to take any action on following up on  SAFETEA-LU, federal law passed in 2005 that prohibits nonconforming vans in school bus transportation and closes a loophole that previously only penalized dealerships from selling the vehicles to school districts.