FirstGroup America, the operating company for school bus contractor First Student, hailed a proposal from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in February to create a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for all commercial driver's license (CDL) holders in the U.S.
Five high school students, three chaperones, their charter bus driver and the driver of a FedEx truck were killed Thursday in a fiery crash in Northern California. Humboldt State University had organized a caravan of three motorcoaches to transport prospective students for Spring Preview Day.
More than 80 school bus technicians and general service managers were joined by students from a local high school to attend a one-day training seminar on basic lubrication fundamentals, oil analysis lab reporting and transmission fluid exchange as part of a program designed to identify tomorrow's student transportation professionals.
On Tuesday the Tennessee Legislature approved a bill that would allow school buses to be used beyond 17 years as long they pass biannual safety inspections. Lawmakers sent HB 107 to Gov. Bill Haslam for final approval.