Proposed Michigan Bill Would Crack Down On Illegal Passing Of School Buses

School districts and law enforcement agencies across the nation have been joining forces to crack down on illegal passing of school buses, but there is little evidence their efforts are reducing the number of these dangerous incidents. To make drivers take illegal passing incidents more seriously, Michigan state Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. introduced a bill… Read more »

FMCSA Doubles Funding For Program Training Vets To Be Bus Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is doubling down on its efforts to reintegrate veterans into the civilian workforce by providing $2.3 million in grants to 13 technical and community colleges across the country to help train veterans to be truck and bus drivers. The money will be given to schools nationwide who provide… Read more »

Extended Stop Arms May Cut Down On Illegal Passing Of School Buses

The issue of illegal passing has received increased attention in the past few years as schools and law enforcement are partnering up around the country to crack down on offenders. However, national surveys show stop arm cameras and increased enforcement are doing little to stop drivers from recklessly passing loading and unloading school buses. Thankfully,… Read more »

Preventing “Lost” Sleeping Children On The Bus

Losing track of children on school buses is a relatively rare occurrence for most bus drivers and transportation managers, but when it happens it can be terrifying for everyone involved. While it may only take a few minutes and a search of the bus to find the students, that short period can feel like a… Read more »

2015 EPA Rebate Program Doubles FundingTo Retrofit Used School Buses

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is increasing its yearly rebate program to offer about $7 million in rebates to replace or retrofit older or used school buses. For the third rebate program under the Diesel Emission Reduction Act to fund cleaner school buses, the EPA is raising its more than doubling the amount of… Read more »

Wi-Fi On Buses Makes Long Daily Trips Educational

Driver shortages are having a notable impact on schools across the country. Schools are being forced to reduce the number of routes available, which causes daily bus commute times to extend upwards over an over for many students. For students who ride these long routes every day, the trip can be long and reduce the… Read more »

The Daunting Task of Maintaining and Replacing School Buses

Guest Post by Patrick Willi You have probably noticed school buses back on the road, students waiting patiently at neighborhood corners, and parents breathing sighs of relieve. Summer is over and children are returning to school. School bus drivers are using yellow buses morning and night to transport children safely. With such consistent use, consider… Read more »

PA Supreme Court Rules Districts Must Bus Students To Multiple Homes

A Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling earlier this month mandates the school districts must transport students to and from the respective homes of both parents if they are separated and sharing custody. In Watts v. Manheim Central School District, Timothy L. Watts, parent of a student at Manheim Township Middle School identified as “CW”, shares equally… Read more »

Dangerous Passing Incidents Reported As School Begins

  School has just begun, but already reports of illegal and dangerous passing incidents are flooding in from school bus drivers across the country. One local West Virginia news outlet reported two incidents this week where drivers were caught illegally passing stopped school buses. One incident resulted in a damaged stop arm, while the other… Read more »