The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on July 9 announced its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of new fuel efficiency standards for commercial medium- and heavy-duty on-highway vehicles and work trucks. The EIS wil potentially cover engines, chassis, vehicles and/or trailers manufactured after model year 2018, according to the notice published in the Federal Register.
The 44th Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition was held over the weekend in Charleston, S.C., and Russel Altizer of Montgomery County (Va.) Public Schools recorded the top score in Small Bus division for his third title in the last four years.
On July 16 a former North Chicago school board member was sentenced to 10 years in prison for taking at least $566,000 in kickbacks for steering $21 million in student transportation contracts to bus companies from 1999 to 2009. Gloria Harper, 63, is the first defendant to be sentenced since she signed a plea deal in 2012.
A recent webinar by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership (SRTSNP) explored the options that transportation departments have for working with Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs in order to ensure that children get to school safely.