Contractor Membership


Who Can Be a Contractor Member?

NSTA's Contractor Membership is open to any school bus contractor operator.  NSTA Bylaws define a school bus contract operator as, any entity operating as owner or leaser of one or more vehicles engaged primarily in the transportation of children to or from school or related events.

Contractor members make up the vast majority of NSTA membership base and is the only group afforded voting rights within the association.

Current NSTA Members Please Click here for a full list of benefits and contact information.

Why Should I Become a Contractor Member? 

NSTA Contractor Members have access to: 


NSTA Newsletter: The NSTA Newsletter is delivered to members via email every month.

NSTA Membership Minute: Up to the minute industry news, assocaition events and resuorces emailed to members every Wednesday.

NSTA Postcat "The Bus Stop": New podcast episodes availble each week. ready to stream on Apple and Spotify. 

NSTA Toolkits: NSTA members have access to a collection of toolkits to help develop a plan or focus your efforts to soolve a problem. Toolkits include checklists, how-to-guides, research and samples on a variety of contractor specific topics.  Our most popular toolkits are: Outsourcing, Operations, Controlling Fuel Costs, Transit Encroachment and Security Preparedness.  These are available electronically for free to NSTA Members. 

Anti-Bullying Tools:  Many of you are aware of the dangers bullying presents itself outside of the classroom.  This portion of our website has been designed to give our Contractor and School Administrator members access to interactive anti-bullying tools that they may share with staff members and drivers.  We hope that you take advantage of these resources and continue to keep pupils safe to and from school. 

Staff Expertise: Have a question that you need answered? Start with NSTA to find the answers. Between our industry specialists, consultants, lobbyists, and staff, you'll get the answers you are looking for. 

Networking Oppotunities

NSTA offers multiple opportunities for members to network with other industry contractors. In Person: Midwinter Meeting, Annual Meeting & Convention, Annual Bus-In, and the Fall Meeting. Online networking includes webinars and Connection Zone.


Keystone Insurers Group is the preferred insurance provider for NSTA members. Keystone has developed a customized insurance program for private school bus contractors providing Workers' Compensation coverage and Comprehensive Commercial Transportation Insurance.  Take advantage of this long established relationship and receive the best possible combination of coverage, services and extremely competitive pricing.  This program is offered to NSTA members through our independent Keystone insurance agents only.  Click here to learn more.



Financial Services Programs

Daimler Financial Line of Credit Program allows members to open a line of credit to finance the purchase of vehicles if needed. There’s no cost to open the line and it will be available for one year. Rates are established at the time the vehicles are to be delivered and the documentation and application process is easy to understand. 

Discount Programs

Bus Parts Warehouse is a long-time supporter of NSTA, provides significant discounts to NSTA members on all kinds of parts that you use every day -- at just 15% over distributor net!

IC Parts/Fleetcharge Program provides NSTA members with excellent discounts on parts for your school buses regardless of fleet size.

Unity Bus Parts Program: Unity Bus Parts Program saves members on parts for their fleet. The Unity School Bus Parts Program offers NSTA members the following: across the board discounts on our entire product line; free freight on all orders $250.00 or more; same day shipping! Easy on line ordering with member discounts once they have signed on with Unity Bus Parts' office! A friendly and knowledgeable who have over 26 years of bus parts knowledge! 

Technology, Tire, Fuel, and Shipping Programs

Zonar System Discount Program: Zonar Systems Discount Program provides NSTA members will receive a 10% discount on all Zonar hardware. You can learn more about Zonar System’s products and services by visiting their website at

UPS Freight: NSTA members receive significant, customized savings on all LTL freight shipments (150 to 20,000 lbs) adn tradeshow shipping.  Discount applies to/from all 50 states and Canadian provinces. Click here to enroll today! 

Staples: As a member of NSTA, you get exclusive pricing on the name-brand products you trust - all in one convenient order. 

CINTAS: Get NSTA national discount pricing! Contac tthe CINTAS National Service Team for more information. NSTA members benefit from these special programs with CINTAS: uniform rentals, first aid and safety program, facility services, fire protection.

Business Counsel Program

As a member of NSTA, you can receive assistance from RC Kelly Law Associates with many of your legal, risk management and human resource needs at no charge.

To provide legal education and legal services; the National School Transportation Association has engaged the services of RC Kelly Law Associates. RC Kelly Law Associates was founded as a general business practice and has, over the years, developed a special focus on student transportation. NSTA members can receive assistance with many of their legal questions, contracts, employee issues, collections, risk management challenges, and similar business matters from RC Kelly Law Associates under a special agreement with the NSTA. This arrangement allows every NSTA member access to “in-house” counsel who has in depth understanding of your industry.


How Do I Join? 

To join NSTA, please and complete the Contractor Member Application and mail it to:

National School Transportation Association

623 North Broad Street

Lansdale, PA 19446

**Completed applications must include a check.  Applications can also be faxed or emailed provided the credit card information is also included. **