Unanimous Calif. Supreme Court Ruling Hits Driver Background Checks

In what will likely be considered as a landmark employment law case, a unanimous ruling by the California Supreme Court sided with current and former school bus drivers who were subjected to background investigations arising from First Student’s acquisition of Laidlaw.

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NY Bill Fixes Drug, Alcohol Tests for School Bus Drivers

Legislation updating drug and alcohol testing regulations for the state’s school bus drivers has been passed by both the New York Senate and Assembly and is now on its way to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk. Industry observers indicated that the governor is likely to sign the legislation.

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Technology Concerns Stall School Bus Medical Rule

Due to technology concerns, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration extended certain provisions of the Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration final rule, which establishes guidelines for reporting and processing medical information from school bus drivers and other CDL holders.

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School Bus Associations Respond to NTSB Recommendations

National school transportation industry associations issued both supporting and dissenting responses to a new National Transportation Safety Board report that examined two fatal school bus crashes. The report recommended, among other things, that crash avoidance systems and lap-shoulder belts be included on all new large school buses.

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NSTA Capitol Hill Testimony on FAST Act

Former National School Transportation Association President Dale Krapf recommended that the House Transportation Committee direct the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to not move forward with implementing a hike in insurance limits for private school bus and motorcoach companies.

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CARB & States Sue EPA Over GHG Emissions Standards

LONG BEACH, CALIF. — The California Air Resources Board, 17 U.S. states and D.C. filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for loosening greenhouse gas emission regulations in what the suit calls an “arbitrary and capricious” violation of the Clean Air Act.

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