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National School Bus Safety Week

The start of the new school year typically means motorists need to readjust to the big yellow bus back on the road. As a reminder, each year the thrid week in October is reserved for National School Bus Safety Week (NSBSW). This article will provide tools, resources and suggestions contractos can use to help spread the word about the safety benefits of riding a school bus during NSBSW and throughout the rest of the year.
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Act 39 HB 1448

A new law passed along with this year's state budget on June 22, 2018, adds language to Pennsylvania's Public School Code of 1949, 24 P.S. § 1-121
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UCR Registration

Often contractors provide interstate transportation or are presented with potential opportunities to provide such services. However, many contractors do not know the requirements to operate interstate legally. One requirement is registering with the Unified Carrier Registration System (“UCR”). Since school bus contractors transporting students to and from school and school-sanctioned activities are required to register with the UCR if they cross state lines, it is important to understand how t...
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6/15/2018| Reference Number : 115.0| School Bus | Unified Carrier Registration, 49 USC § 14504a |


In 2018, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), wil impose a new requirement on School Districts to report per-pupil expenses for student transportation. But, schools often don't recognize all of the true costs of transportation. Schools evaluating and comparing transportation cost generally consider the costs of fuel and buses, but often miss underlying transportation costs or costs that may be combined into other areas of a school districts budget. When schools understand the true cots ...
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Legal Focus on Contracts - Fuel Clauses

A fuel clause is language in a contract which allows the contractor and the district to share the risk of steep increases or decreases in fuel prices. The fuel clause is typically put into place for diesel fuel and gasoline, however, if your vehicles are using alternative fuels such as propane or electric, you may also want to consider a fuel clause for these fuels. Most fuel clauses address the risk of rising fuel costs. But, recent history has seen both increases and decreases in fuel costs. T...
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Pennsylvania’s Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Laws

Over the years, people nationwide have become more aware of the negative health and environmental effects of diesel emissions. As a result, federal and state Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) are taking steps to prevent health issues related to diesel emissions. This article provides helpful insights into Pennsylvania's idling restrictions.
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Legal Updates for School Bus Contractors - Year in Review

2018 will see the effects of many laws and regulations that that were passed in the last year. Following is a brief “year in review” highlighting the federal and state regulations that matter to Pennsylvania’s school bus contractors.
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