WASHINGTON, D.C. — National School Transportation Association (NSTA) attendees will meet with over 120 Congressional offices on Wednesday, May 1. NSTA members look forward to this event, because it is a prime opportunity to provide a voice for the school transportation industry.
“This event is crucial to NSTA’s government relations efforts. Advocating for our members is at the core of our mission, and helping Washington, D.C. understand and recognize the issues that face our industry and our communities is vital in the success of that mission. We look forward to joining our fellow members on the Hill this week,” said Blake Krapf, NSTA president.
NSTA and its lobbyist, Prime Policy Group, work to identify a key issue facing school transportation to take to the hill. All unanimously agreed that recent tragedies involving motorists illegally passing stopped school buses needs federal support and attention. NSTA plans to bring awareness to the dangers of illegal passing, to help prevent future occurrences and garner support for legislation that was introduced by Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN) and Congresswoman Brownley (D-CA) on April 10, “STOP for School Buses Act of 2019” or “STOP Act,” (HR 2218).
The “STOP Act” calls on the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to undertake a comprehensive review of state laws and enforcement levels, technology and driver education materials. The review should also study the landscape of illegal passing, and based on its findings, make recommendations for best practices to Congress.
The bill also directs DOT to create a public safety messaging campaign. NSTA is working with several Senate offices to get a companion measure introduced in the Senate.
“It’s really great to see our members—especially our new members—come and enjoy themselves, and see first-hand the power they lend to our association’s voice in Washington, D.C., stated John Benish, NSTA president-elect. “The Bus-In is a great opportunity to share information with our elected officials about the private school bus contracting community and how their support can help ensure the continued safe transport of children to and from school.” www.yellowbuses.org