The New York School Bus Contractors Association is an organization comprising of more than one hundred school transportation service companies with the primary mission of promoting safe, reliable and cost-effective student transportation in New York State.
This Week's Industry Highlights & Reminders
- Important notice regarding Medical Certification requirements:
Due to the impacts of COVID-19, which made it difficult for some drivers to schedule an appointment with a medical provider listed on the National Registry, DMV temporarily stopped the downgrade of CDLs due to the expiration of a driver’s DOT Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC). Per FMCSA guidance released September 18, 2020 (see bullet below), DMV will resume the downgrade process as follows:
- Drivers whose MEC expired on or after March 1, 2020 and before June 1, 2020 must have a current, valid MEC on file with DMV by October 31, 2020. On November 1, 2020, drivers in this category who do not have an MEC on file will be placed in a Not Certified status and will be notified that their license will be downgraded from a CDL class to a non-CDL Class. Drivers must submit the MEC to the Medical Certification Unit as soon as possible to ensure the MEC is posted to the driver record by October 31.
- Drivers whose MEC expired on or after June 1, 2020 must have a current valid MEC on file with DMV by December 31, 2020. On January 1, 2021, drivers in this category who do not have an MEC on file will be placed in a Not Certified status and will be notified that their license will be downgraded from a CDL class to a non-CDL Class Drivers must submit the MEC to the Medical Certification Unit as soon as possible to ensure the MEC is posted to the driver record by December 31st.
- FMCSA Issues CDL, CLP and other CMV Drivers Waiver, effective October 1, 2020 and expires on December 31, 2020.
- Updated Executive Order (EO) 202.60 which extends the original EO (202.11), extending the expirations of NYSDOT bus inspections, until November 3rd.
- NYSED Memo: Guidance on Pupil Transportation for Resident Students Attending Non-District Instruction During Periods of Remote Instruction for District Students
- School Bus Fast Facts!
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