September 1, 2014

Seat belts will be required on large buses

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New tour buses and buses that provide service between cities must be equipped with seat belts starting in late 2016 under a federal rule issued Wednesday, a safety measure sought by accident investigators for nearly a half century. Beginning in November 2016, all new motorcoaches and some other large buses must be equipped by manufacturers [...]

Our regional meeting workshops were a success

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By Bonnie Morr, Vice President, Bus –  I was recently informed of the passing of one of our best bus vice presidents. Kenny Moore was the vice president that helped us at Local 23 to become part of this great organization. Kenny Moore was my mentor. He was active in Washington, D.C., and on the [...]

Bus drivers plead for protection from assaults

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Fare increases. Route cuts. General frustration over life. In New York City, there is no shortage of reasons why bus drivers are targeted for assault – an average of 88 attacks every year in the nation’s largest bus system. Jose Rondon’s 27-year career as a driver came to an abrupt end last summer at a [...]

FMCSA announces driver fatigue management tool

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WASHINGTON – Anne S. Ferro, Administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, in July announced the launch of the North American Fatigue Management Program (NAFMP), a website that provides training and education on commercial bus and truck driver fatigue management. “We can help [...]

Suspected gunman dies after Seattle bus shooting

SEATTLE – When a 64-year-old transit bus driver saw three people board at the rear of his bus during the Monday morning rush hour in downtown Seattle, he asked them to come up front to pay. Two did. The third passenger paced back and forth, then hit the driver and shot him twice before running [...]

Thank you fellow bus operators and President Futhey

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Bus companies are comprised of many departments and each department relies on one another in order to be a successful operation. But rarely do the bus operators get the credit they deserve. The daily elements that they face would make a lot of people second-guess their career choice. The SMART Transportation Division bus operators are [...]

Automatic disability insurance for bus members

The SMART Transportation Division has renewed its contract, effective July 1, 2013, with Anthem Life Insurance Co. to provide a group voluntary short-term disability plan for all bus members. Coverage will continue to be automatic unless members choose to waive coverage or “opt-out.” The Anthem disability plan provides a basic “safety net” of coverage for [...]

Congressmen announce public transportation caucus

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U.S. Reps. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) and Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) announced May 23 the formation of the Congressional Public Transportation Caucus aimed at addressing issues facing the country’s public transportation systems, including rail, light rail, bus rapid transit, and traditional bus service. The bipartisan Caucus will provide a forum for members of Congress to engage in [...]

Bus employers ask to have hours of service law cut

SEPTA and Port Authority employers are awaiting a decision to be made by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) on whether or not they can continue to ignore state law and keep drivers on the clock for shifts lasting up to 18 hours. SEPTA drivers can work up to 30 hours within a two-day period. Pennsylvania [...]

Administration drops redundant driver’s license rule

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The federal government is relaxing a rule for drivers of buses and large trucks who are involved in out-of-state traffic violations. 

 The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, an office of the Department of Transportation, is eliminating a requirement that drivers notify their state’s licensing agency when they are convicted of a traffic offense in [...]