On June 13, the United Motorcoach Association (UMA) and the American Bus Association (ABA) represented the industry before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee at a hearing held to examine federal bus safety programs and the effectiveness of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in keeping unsafe operators off the nation’s highways. Read More
The bipartisan leaders of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) are moving closer to introducing the highway portion of the surface transportation bill which could happen as early as next week. Read More
On June 14, as a follow up to the letter Coalition For a Democratic Workplace (CDW) letter sent May 25 to the full Senate thanking Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) for their leadership on the Job Protection Act, CDW sent the same letter to the House sponsors, Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Tim Scott (R-SC) and Joe Wilson (R-SC) thanking and supporting them. As a member of CDW and supporter of the initial Senate letter, NSTA was a supportive signatory along with 216 other entities. Read More
On June 14, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s ruling that protected private charter service. If the ruling stands, Metro in Washington State will likely be able to return to servicing Seattle Mariners games. Read More
On June 8, a letter in support of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) asking for $50 million in the FY12 Interior bill went to the Senate Appropriations Committee signed by 19 Senators. Read More
This spring researchers published a study of total fatal crashes of all bus types which showed that school buses are the safest on the road, and suggests that privately contracted school buses are the safer than district. Read More
All contractors know that the safety regulations and requirements we must meet are more extensive than those for the public school operations. In fact, many public school districts and their operations are actually exempt from the same regulations with which we must comply. Thanks to numerous individuals, NSTA has compiled a list of 8 key items including such issues as “medical qualifications of drivers”, “hours of duty”, training, record checks, disqualification, etc. Read More
Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has just announced that he will address the NSTA convention on Tuesday July 19th at 8:30 am.
Based upon how the Secretary dealt with the audience at the Love the Bus event last February, convention goers are in for an enlightening talk from an individual who is very familiar with school bus issues and the important role this industry plays as the safest means of transportation.
If you haven’t done so already, register now for this terrific event that educates, celebrates and enhances the school bus contractor industry.
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Nesco is your Thomas Built buses dealer serving New York’s five boroughs and Long Island. Nesco Bus Maintenance formed in 1987 to fill the ever-changing needs of the school bus industry, and to fill the need of heavy duty repairs and conversions to allow fleet operators to concentrate on their everyday maintenance. Read More