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Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services Act (CERTS) – What You Need To Know

School transportation contractors across the country advocated vigorously for economic relief specifically tailored to their industry. To address these concerns, Congress included The Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services Act (CERTS) as a part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2021, Subtitle B, Sec. 420, which was enacted into law on December 2021. CERTS makes available $2 billion in funds for grants to eligible school bus companies, motor coach companies, passeng...
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6/9/2021| Reference Number : 259.170| Legal, School Bus, Legislative/Regulatory | CERTS, Funding |

Preparing Bids Post-COVID

For many contractors this spring is the first time since the COVID-19 school shutdowns began, that they will be preparing proposals or bids for transportation contracts. This article will discuss different post-COVID considerations and strategies.
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4/21/2021| Reference Number : 167.2| Legal, School Bus |

Cost Sharing and Openings Clauses in Transportation Service Agreements

As school transportation contractors enter into bid season, it is in the interest of the contractor to price competitively; however, contractors should be careful to consider the possibility of changes to their operational costs during the term of the contract. Currently, there is much discussion at the state and federal level on laws that could affect costs for transportation contractors, such as laws related to changes in infrastructure and school bus safety equipment. In the event that such c...
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3/22/2021| Reference Number : 114.3| Legal, School Bus |

Using Public Funds to Secure the Ready Status of Drivers and Fleet on COVID Instruction Days

Across the nation, numerous school transportation contractors continue to experience the financial strain caused by school closures due to the coronavirus. The sudden elimination of in-person school days during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years has driven many school districts to refuse to pay their transportation contractors, citing that because no driving occurred, there is no service to pay for. However, even when no driving is performed, transportation contractors continue to provide ...
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3/5/2021| Reference Number : 165.0| Legal, School Bus |

SB 1216-Act 136 Addresses School Transportation Subsidies for 2020-2021 School Year

On Nov. 25, 2020 Governor Wolf signed SB 1216/Act 136 which included language addressing school transportation subsidies for the 2020-2021 school year. The new law assures that Pennsylvania schools will receive a transportation subsidy payment from the Pennsylvania Department of Education equal to the amount allocated for the previous school year if the school pays their contracted transportation provider as if there were no COVID-19 interruptions in the 2020-2021 reduced school year minus varia...
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12/20/2020| Reference Number : 259.164| School Bus, Legislative/Regulatory |

Prompt Payment Laws for School Bus Contractors

Many schools continue to resist payments to school bus contractors, with some schools ignoring invoices, rejecting invoices, or paying unilaterally reduced amounts. As the 2020-2021 school year is underway, non-payment issues continue, leaving many school bus contractors wondering what to do. Fortunately, many states have Prompt Payment Laws that make public entities liable for interest and attorney’s fees if the public entity does not promptly pay invoices from contractors. These laws vary fro...
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10/28/2020| Reference Number : 259.161| Legal, School Bus, Insurance/Risk Management | COVID-19 |

COVID Concepts: Volume Pricing and Special Operations Charges

As remote learning in some form or another continues into the new school year contractors continue to face challenges getting paid for partial services and special operations due to coronavirus. This article suggests some ways to address these issues.
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9/21/2020| Reference Number : 259.160| Legal, School Bus | COVID-19 |
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