October 26, 2014

FMCSA awards $1M to help train vets as bus operators

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Oct. 21 announced it has awarded $1 million in grants to nine technical and community colleges across the country to help train returning military veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers. The funding is provided through FMCSA’s Commercial Motor Vehicle – [...]

8,000 medical examiners added to FMCSA list

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) June 27 announced that 8,000 more health professionals have been added to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) since the new system for USDOT medical examinations launched last month with 22,000 providers. Another 22,500 medical professionals have also initiated the process for [...]

Interstate bus drivers’ physicals must be done by CME

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is reminding interstate truck and bus drivers that beginning May 21, all new USDOT physicals must be performed by a qualified health professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. “Safety is our highest priority and it is vital that [...]

Bus ops, rail prop vote SMART on same day

In representation elections held May 15 on both bus and rail properties, the SMART Transportation Division came out on top, keeping the Organizing Department’s 2014 undefeated streak alive. Yet another division of First Student bus operators has joined the SMART fold as Kansas City, Mo., school bus drivers overwhelmingly selected SMART over both the International [...]

N.Y. bill prevents sex offenders from driving buses

The (New York) Senate has passed a bill that would prohibit registered sex offenders from working as bus drivers. The bill (S.1519) would stop the Department of Motor Vehicles from issuing or renewing a commercial driver’s license to operate a passenger or school bus to anyone who is a registered sex offender. Read the complete story [...]

SMART bus operators reject Teamster advances

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – SMART Transportation Division organizers, representatives and members of Local 1715 at Charlotte, N.C., have turned back the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in an attempted raid of SMART membership. Local 1715 represents bus operators employed by the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS). On May 31, the National Labor Relations Board released the official [...]

Bus operators too often face assaults

By Calvin StudivantAlternate Vice President, Bus Department There is no question that more must be done to protect bus operators. When operating a motor coach — whether carrying students, commuters, tourists or the handicapped – whenever we open the door, we are exposed to assaults. Just in recent weeks, a driver in Utah was injured [...]