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School Bus Capacity and Route Times

The 2022-2023 school year is well underway, and the realities of the driver shortage continue to be apparent to transportation contractors, school districts, and parents of students alike. Prior to the start of this school year, many schools and contractors were left with no choice but to combine bus routes due to lack of drivers. Combined routes means more kids on each bus and longer route times. Continue reading for further discussion of school bus capacity and route duration issues.
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Compensable Pre-Employment Training

For school transportation contractors in Pennsylvania, it is peak hiring season as the start of the new school year is just under a month away. Many contractors are navigating through the nationwide driver shortage to find drivers to fill seats on school buses for the upcoming school year, and are beginning to take a closer look at policies and practices relating to the hiring and training of drivers. As contractors continue to look for creative ways to address the driver shortage while experien...
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7/28/2022| Reference Number : 188.0| Legal, School Bus | Pre-Employment Training, Fair Labor Standards Act |

Recruiting and Retaining Drivers during the Driver Shortage

As the school year begins to wind down, many school transportation contractors are already making preparations for next school year. It is no question that school transportation contractors are continuing to feel the effects of the nationwide school bus driver shortage, and so being able to secure drivers and ensure a fully operational staff at the start of the 2022-2023 school year is a primary concern. The summer months provide school transportation contractors with a great opportunity to eval...
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5/26/2022| Reference Number : 259.185| Human Resources, School Bus | Driver Shortage, Recruitment, Recruitment Bonus, Retention |

School Bus Interstate Operations: An Overview

For most school transportation contractors in Pennsylvania, the majority of transportation services are provided intrastate, i.e. within the bounds of state lines. However, contractors are often approached by school districts to transport students for extracurricular activities, such as sports or field trips, across state lines. This leaves some contractors wondering what, if any, additional requirements must be met in order to provide interstate transportation.
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Fuel Clauses in Transportation Contracts

With the recent surge in the cost of fuel, school bus contractors nationwide have been closely monitoring the price at the pump over the last few months. When negotiating or renewing a transportation contract, fuel is typically a topic of significant dialog between the parties. School transportation contracts will normally specify who pays for fuel, but transportation contractors should also consider adding a fuel clause to address future fuel cost volatility.
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5/6/2022| Reference Number : 259.114.2| Legal, School Bus, Insurance/Risk Management, Legislative/Regulatory | Contract |

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Decide if Pupil Transportation Contracts Require Pre-Approval by the Department of Education

A pending appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will challenge existing case law holding that there are no statutory requirements for Department of Education pre-approval of Pupil Transportation Contracts. The case of Bell v. Wilkinsburg School District will be heard in March of this year to decide this important issue. Continue reading for more details.
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School Bus Advocacy Matters: Join the 2022 NSTA Capitol Hill Bus-in

Despite continuing COVID limitations on access to the Nation’s Capitol, NSTA will once again be holding the annual bus-in in Washington DC April 6 through April 8, 2022. With the challenges of COVID, the critical driver shortage, and the aggressive push toward electric school bus fleets, there has never been a more critical need to educate law makers about the challenges and complexities of the school bus industry. Read further to learn how you can support advocacy efforts for the school bus i...
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