NSTA is excited to announce Congressman Tim Scott (R-SC) as the keynote speaker at our Annual Meeting and Convention in Baltimore Maryland. Mr. Scott, who serves on the House Rules Committee and is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, received a standing ovation from NSTA members after his talk about supporting privatization efforts in South Carolina at our May 5th Capitol Hill visit. Read More
FMCSA issued their final ruling on a variety of CDL and Learners’ Permits issues. During the rulemaking process, NSTA commented on two main topics of interest to the industry including the required time to hold a learners’ permit prior to taking a CDL skills test and on the minimum number of tests a third party tester must conduct to maintain certification. Read More
The Treasury Department has released final regulations for 3% withholding on payments for services and property pursuant to government contracts which was originally enacted in 2006. The regulations will go into effect starting January 1, 2013. Essentially, every payment made by the government of the United States, every state, every political subdivision and instrumentality of a state or state subdivision to an individual, corporation, etc. providing any property or services must deduct and withhold 3% from that payment. Read More
Truck and bus safety inspectors will be on the job night and day during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 72-hour International Roadcheck June 7-9, 2011 checking vehicles and their drivers at inspection sites along major highways across North America. Read More
Last spring, NSTA became aware that some IRS offices were challenging some school bus operator’s claim of fuel tax exemptions for smaller school buses. Subsequently, NSTA brought this matter to the attention of the House Ways and Means Committee resulting in five members of Congress issuing a joint letter to Secretary Geithner in June 2010. The next month, Secretary Geithner responded and affirmed that the school bus fuel tax exemption applies regardless of size of the school bus and promised to address the concern with IRS Commissioner. Read More
Dr. Billy Hudson, Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Matrix Biology, heard his hometown of Sheridan Arkansas had consolidated their schools resulting in bus rides of more than an hour each way for some students, and decided that that time shouldn’t be wasted. Together with his wife, Dr. Julie Hudson, assistant vice chancellor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Hudson developed a program that turned one school bus into a mobile classroom. Launching in April 2007, the program allowed students to use laptops and iPods to connect to the Internet over the school bus’s newly installed Wi-Fi system. Read More
NSTA's Green School Bus Fleet Certification is the only fleet certification program of its kind to recognize school transportation companies for their efforts in working towards a cleaner environment through the use of EPA/CARB verified technologies and new bus technologies. This is the only program in the industry to be endorsed by the EPA Clean School Bus USA program. Participation is open to NSTA contractor members only. Read More
On May 3rd, the NSTA Board of Directors named John Elliott to fill an open slot on the NSTA Board of Directors. Mr. Elliott has been in the student transportation industry for 37 years and has served on NSTA’s board in the past. Read More
The School Bus Driver International Safety Competition is the industry’s most recognized competition providing the best school bus drivers from across North America the opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills in a competitive format. NSTA is looking to our members, friends, and colleagues in the school transportation and education communities to support this event. Read More
National Interstate is a specialty insurance company that caters to the passenger transportation industry. Established in 1989, the company has grown to become the largest provider of passenger transportation insurance in the United States, insuring over 40,000 vehicles.
National Interstate has a history of solid growth and financial stability, and is rated A (Excellent) IX by A.M. Best Company. Integrity is one of the company’s core values, as evidenced by its being named Forbes Most Trustworthy Small Cap Company in 2010.