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  • December 01, 2022 2:21 PM | Tammy Mortier (Administrator)

    School Bus Fleet

    Published on November 10, 2022

    By Amanda Huggett


    NEW YORK’S THIRD-PARTY CDL TESTING 

    Click here for the full article online.


    While we’ve all been feeling the pressure of the driver shortage, the state of New York and its DMV stepped up to offer an alternative solution: It put together a new program to allow third parties to offer CDL testing.

    The move came after voiced concerns of the rigorous requirements weren’t helping ease the driver shortage. Following a phased approach announced in January by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, the intent was to create more testing locations across the state and expand capacity at state-run sites to reduce the time it takes to put new qualified drivers on the road.

    Public and private organizations, including schools, tour bus, bus contractors, and truck companies, are eligible to apply for certification through the state DMV’s website.

    Nick Vallone of Rolling V. Bus Corp and president of the New York School Bus Contractors Association (NYSBCA) walked us through the process to get the new program off the ground, which was done with regulation rather than legislation, he said. “Our proactive efforts of pitching this solution to the media and elected officials really paid off when the driver crisis hit home in September 2021. Once this became an issue that crossed the desk of the governor, they were already familiar with the concept of third-party testing and quickly gave the directive to the DMV to establish a third-party testing division.”

    So far, Vallone says the results are phenomenal. “We’ve seen an increase in failures at our site, but that has been severely overshadowed by our ability to re-test within a few days,” he said. “In short, we’ve gotten a single candidate through three tests (two fails followed by a pass) in a matter of three weeks without sacrificing an ounce of safety. To get three tests done for the same individual through the DMV used to take 10 to 12 weeks.”

    Tammy L. Mortier, NYSBCA’s executive director, agrees, calling it a tremendous benefit for the school bus contractors that are certified. “The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Third Party CDL Testing program has been an excellent opportunity to help our members with the driver shortage by allowing certified school bus operators to provide private road tests at their facilities,” Mortier said. “This is a huge time saver to get qualified CDL drivers on the road. It's not an easy process, and you must comply with stringent federal and state guidelines to become certified and maintain your certification. Safety is always our number one priority. DMV has been a wonderful partner in this program as we work together to find solutions to the driver shortage.”

    Vallone said at least 10 organizations have applied so far, and five are already up and running. It’s not just a program for contractors, though. Recently, Bethlehem Public Schools became a certified third-party tester.

    Pennsylvania has had a similar program for years.


  • November 28, 2022 9:00 AM | Tammy Mortier (Administrator)

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    Rockefeller Institute of Government

    November 22, 2022

    By Andrew Van Alstyne and Laura Rabinow

    Key Takeaways

    • The transition to a zero-emissions fleet will be a long-term project that offers substantial benefits for students, school districts, and their communities.

    • A full transition to zero-emissions technology is a substantial undertaking, but can be realized with further resources and planning for logistical challenges.

    • Some aspects of financing and resources to support the transition are not yet fully clear.
  • November 23, 2022 8:53 AM | Tammy Mortier (Administrator)


  • November 10, 2022 2:20 PM | Tammy Mortier (Administrator)

    Chalkbeat New York | Essential education reporting in New York

    By Reema Amin

    Nov 7, 2022, 7:20pm EST

    Gov. Kathy Hochul and Lee Zeldin, her Republican opponent, have built large campaign war chests as they seek to win New York state’s highest office on Tuesday. 

    While education-focused groups haven’t stuck out as either candidate’s biggest donors, both candidates have received some substantial donations from those who exert influence on New York’s education world — helping to paint a clearer picture of who is hoping to have sway over schools policy. 

    Hochul has touted boosting funding for public schools while in office and has earned the endorsements of powerful teachers unions. She recently revealed that she supported lifting the cap on how many charter schools can open in New York. 

    Zeldin has voiced strong support for school choice, including charters and private choice options, and has embraced conservative talking points about banning “divisive curriculum” related to race and restricting “age-inappropriate” sex education.

    Click Here to read the full article

  • October 18, 2022 9:04 AM | Tammy Mortier (Administrator)

    This week is National School Bus Safety Week - October 17-21, 2022. The theme is "1 Bus + 1 Driver = A Big Impact on Education." The New York School Bus Contractors Association "NYSBCA" wants to thank our school bus drivers who keep our children safe and contribute to our education system, and make a difference.


  • October 05, 2022 10:38 AM | Tammy Mortier (Administrator)

    EPA wants to hear from you on how to build its Clean School Bus Grants Program. Please come prepared to share your feedback on the program.

    Click Here to Register

    For more information, please visit our website: epa.gov/cleanschoolbus

    If you have any feedback, please email: cleanschoolbus@epa.gov

  • October 05, 2022 10:34 AM | Tammy Mortier (Administrator)

    Listen to Nicholas Vallone on NSTA's "The Bus Stop" podcast about "Addressing the Driver Shortage through Advocacy."

    Click Here


  • October 05, 2022 10:31 AM | Tammy Mortier (Administrator)

    Check out NYSBCA's past president, Corey Muirhead's podcast on NSTA's "The Bus Stop" about navigating the driver shortage, media, electric school buses, and more.

    Click Here

  • June 02, 2022 9:10 AM | Tammy Mortier (Administrator)

    DOH COVID-19 *NEW REVISED* Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

    Released May 31, 2022

    This guidance supersedes previous isolation and quarantine guidance. An exception related to quarantine and isolation was added for children’s attendance at childcare and early childhood education settings and language related to boosters and being “up to date” has been updated.

    Click Here for the Updated DOH Guidance

  • April 12, 2022 10:31 AM | Tammy Mortier (Administrator)

    TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2022
    1:00 p.m. ET

    Hosted by the Alliance for Electric School Buses and the Electric School Bus Initiative.

    This April, the U.S. EPA is expected to officially launch its new Clean School Bus Program, which will provide billions of dollars to help school districts invest in electric school buses over the next five years. Join us to learn more about this unprecedented funding opportunity and how you can leverage it for your school district and community. Drawing on years of federal and local experience, panelists will offer unique and helpful insights into applying for, receiving and deploying clean school bus funding.

    From our meetings with stakeholders, it's our understanding that contractors will be able to apply for the funding directly. Join the webinar to learn more. There is a section to share your questions in advance for the panelists when you register.

    Click Here to Register

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