School Transportation Industry News from 2021

New York Clean Transportation Prizes Program

The New York Clean Transportation Prizes program will electrify transportation, reduce air pollution, and enhance clean mobility in disadvantaged communities in New York State. The competitions will each run in two phases. In the first phase, participants must register by July 22, 2021, to be eligible to submit proposals.

The three prize competitions are:

  • Clean Neighborhoods Challenge – up to three $10 million grand prizes will be awarded to innovative projects that address local air pollution reduction at scale in disadvantaged communities. The submission deadline is August 24, 2021.
  • Electric Mobility Challenge – up to three $7 million grand prizes will be awarded to projects that demonstrate innovative safe and convenient electric mobility options that help solve disadvantaged community transportation needs. The submission deadline is August 25, 2021.
  • Electric Truck & Bus Challenge – up to three $8 million grand prizes will be awarded to projects that demonstrate electrified solutions to the deployment of medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles or their replacement through other electrified transportation modes. The submission deadline is August 26, 2021

FMCSA Delays Medical Examiners Certification Integration Provisions to June 2025
Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued the attached interim final rule delaying several provisions of the Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration final rule that were to go into effect as of June 22, 2021 to June 22, 2025.  FMCSA has said the delay is to allow sufficient time for IT changes and upgrades to the national registry.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issues three reports:  Two of which review the usage of seat belts and the third examines the implementation of Stop Arm Cameras and their effect on illegal passing of stopped school buses:

 

Notes from Governor Cuomo's COVID-19 Briefing from Wednesday, April 21st

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Releases 2020 DERA School Bus Rebate awards

Notes from Governor Cuomo's COVID-19 Briefing from Monday, April 19th

Schumer provided estimated breakdown of state aid by district in a press release

U.S. Department of Education Releases "COVID-19 Handbook, Volume 2: Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students' Needs"

Notes from Governor Cuomo's COVID-19 Briefing from Monday, March 22nd

NYSBCA e-XPLAINS Newsletter from March 18th

NYSBCA's the Yellow Bus Newsletter - SPRING Issue

Notes from Governor Cuomo's COVID-19 Briefing from March 12th

 

Notes from Governor Cuomo's COVID-19 Briefing from Tuesday, March 9th

PowerPoint Presentation from Everything You Didn't Know About Electric Vehicles presented by Amply Power

Notes from Governor Cuomo's COVID-19 Briefing from Monday, February 22nd

Notes from Governor Cuomo's COVID-19 Briefing from Wednesday, February 17th

 

Notes from Governor Cuomo's COVID-19 Briefing from Monday, February 8th 

Notes from Governor Cuomo's COVID-19 Briefing from Friday, February 5th


Corey Muirhead Testifies at NYS 2021 Budget Hearing January 28th: WATCH NOW

Notes from NYS Budget Director Mujica's Q&A Briefing from January 18th POSTED 1/18

Notes from Governor Cuomo's COVID-19 Briefing from Friday, January 8th Vaccine phase 1B begins Monday, which includes school bus drivers! POSTED 1/7

Have you signed up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine? Click here to learn more, check your eligibility and get on the list for phase 1B. POSTED 1/7

Notes from Governor Cuomo's COVID-19 Briefing from Thursday, January 7th POSTED 1/7

FMCSA offers a one-hour training course on inspecting high-voltage electric drive commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) High voltage systems are not currently inspected as part of the North American Standard (NAS) inspection procedures for CMVs. NAS inspection procedures do not include review of any high-voltage component. However, high-voltage systems can still pose serious, even life-threatening risks. This training is meant to raise awareness on the risks associated with high voltage systems and enable CMV inspectors to conduct supplemental inspections on high-voltage components. While designed for inspectors, this course could be useful to owners, operators, or anyone else who may be exposed to these vehicles. POSTED 1/6

Notes from Governor Cuomo's COVID-19 Briefing from Wednesday, January 6th POSTED 1/6

Notes from Governor Cuomo's COVID-19 Briefing from Tuesday, January 5th POSTED 1/5

Leonard Family Scholarship Now Accepting Applications for the 2021-2022 Academic Year Deadline to apply is March 1st! POSTED 1/5

NYSBCA Applauds Schumer, Gillibrand and the New York Congressional Delegation for Securing Critical Emergency Federal Relief for the School Bus Industry POSTED 1/4

ACIP Recommends Frontline Essential Workers for COVID-19 Vaccine The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted on recommendations for Phase 1b and Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine. December 20, 2020, ACIP issued another round of recommendations. This include Phase 1b that encompassed people of all ages with comorbid and underlying conditions that put them at significantly higher risk, as well as older adults living in congregate or overcrowded settings. According to ACIP, “Frontline Essential Workers are workers who are in sectors essential to the functioning of society and are at substantially higher risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2.” Of particular interest to school bus contractors is the ACIP recommendation that highlights “Education (teachers, support staff, daycare)” in the Phase 1b allocation of the vaccine. NSTA interprets this recommendation to include school bus drivers in addition to administrative personnel. Supporting this interpretation, it should be noted that the ACIP recommendations specifically refer to an earlier advisory list made by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) that outlined “essential workers” in August 2020. We suggest that school bus contractors directly contact school districts with whom they service, in order to understand how deployment of the vaccine will be distributed, and be involved in that process. POSTED 1/4

Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse: Employers must conduct annual queries by January 5, 2021 Employers can log in to their Clearinghouse accounts and access their Query History page (under My Dashboard > Queries) to verify which drivers have been queried and when each completed query was conducted. FMCSA has developed several Clearinghouse factsheets, brochures, and instructional guides, customized by user type. Visit the Learning Center to access these resources. POSTED 1/4

NYSBCA's the Yellow Bus Newsletter - WINTER Issue POSTED 12/17/2020

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