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  • September 13, 2023 12:52 PM | Tammy Mortier (Administrator)
    • Wednesday, September 20th at 9:00 am at the NYSDOT Office (Hunters Point Plaza), 47-40 21st Street, Room 834 A/B, Long Island City NY 11101

    • Thursday, September 21st at 9:00 am at the NYSDOT Office, 50 Wolf Road, Conference Room A/B (1st Floor), Colonie, NY 12205

    • Monday, September 25th at 9:00 am at the NY State Office Building, 250 Veterans' Memorial Highway (SR 347/454), Basement Classroom (2/3), Hauppauge NY 11788

    These seminars are free of charge and open to all persons involved in the operation of passenger carrying commercial motor vehicles (buses, vans, limousines) including drivers, managers, mechanics, and office support personnel.

    Topics to include:

    • Strategies to deter high risk unsafe driving behaviors
    • Driver safety fitness
    • Drug/Alcohol Clearinghouse requirements
    • Federal/State regulation driver focused discussion
    • NYSDOT/FMCSA operating authority requirements
    • NYSDOT semi-annual inspection requirements
    • NYSDMV 19A bus driver requirements

    Please indicate which seminar date/ location/ # of persons to attend by sending an email to jean-paul.paraskevas@dot.ny.gov.


  • August 23, 2023 10:10 AM | Tammy Mortier (Administrator)


    NYSBCA congratulates Nick and Kayla Vallone on the arrival of their second child, Isabel Quinn, born on August 22, 2023.

    Welcome Isabel Quinn to the school bus family.

  • May 17, 2023 10:47 AM | Tammy Mortier (Administrator)


    2023 Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity | Information Session #2

    *NOTE* this webinar will be the same as the 5/10/23 webinar.

    Click Here to Register

    Attend this webinar to learn more about the Clean School Bus grant opportunity and share your feedback. Applications to this funding opportunity are due Tuesday, August 22, 2023.

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

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

  • April 24, 2023 2:24 PM | Tammy Mortier (Administrator)

    $400 million in Clean School Bus grants are now available! Applications are open until August 22, 2023.

    Click Here for the Press Release

    Key Messages and Background Information

    • The $400 million grant opportunity through EPA’s Clean School Bus Program will fund electric, propane, and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses that will produce either zero or low tailpipe emissions compared to their older diesel predecessors.

    • This is the first round of funding available as grants and follows the nearly $1 billion the Biden-Harris Administration awarded through the rebate competition last year to fund electric and low-emission school buses across school districts.

    • This 2023 Grant Program is separate from the earlier 2022 Rebate Program, and interested applicants must apply to the Grant Program if interested in this funding opportunity.

    • Eligible applicants for this funding opportunity are (1) state and local governmental entities that provide bus service; (2) public charter school districts, (3) Indian Tribes, Tribal Organizations, or Tribally-controlled Schools, (4) Nonprofit School Transportation Associations, and (5) Eligible Contractors (including OEMs, Dealers, School Bus Service Providers, and Private Bus Fleets).

    • EPA will provide a combined funding amount to cover both bus and infrastructure costs for all awardees requesting electric school buses.

    • EPA is prioritizing applications that will replace buses serving high-need local education agencies, Tribal school districts funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs or those receiving basic support payments for students living on Tribal land, and rural areas.

    To learn more about the clean school bus grant program, applicant eligibility, selection process, and informational webinar dates, visit www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus.

  • April 12, 2023 8:22 AM | Tammy Mortier (Administrator)

    Carrier liaisons need to recertify their users once a year. User passwords expire after 90 days.

    This message was sent to carriers through the 19-A system.

    In preparation for the Affidavit of Compliance to be submitted, carrier liaisons should be sure they have recertified their users to have access to the 19-A system. For Liaisons to Recertify:

    Go to: https://secap.dmv.ny.gov/

    • Select the Remote Administrative VPASS Environment (RAVE) application. (Under the 19A System)
    • Read the NYS DMV Memorandum of Understanding-Choose 'I Agree' and submit.
    • The next step in the same RAVE menu is to select Recertify all users.
    • Once selected you will see S19A18295 with an L1 next to it. Check the box and continue/update until you get back to the main menu again.
    • Repeat this process for each user to be recertified. Remove any user that should not be active.
    • You will then need to log off and log on again to go into 19A System
    • Your next recertification date will be 364 days from the current date. You will need to recertify before that date next year or your account will be locked.

    Once your account is locked you must contact busdriverunit@dmv.ny.gov to have your password reset.

  • March 14, 2023 2:11 PM | Tammy Mortier (Administrator)

    U.S. Department of Transportation sent this bulletin at 03/14/2023 01:21 PM EDT

    First round of funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Charging and Fueling Infrastructure program will help ensure America’s zero-emission vehicle future is accessible and equitable, no matter where you live.

    Click Here to View the Press Release

  • February 09, 2023 12:35 PM | Tammy Mortier (Administrator)

    Click on the images below to hear the audio recording of Nick Vallone, NYSBCA President, testifying and answering questions from the education committee at the 2023 Joint Legislative Budget on Education on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at the Legislative Office building in Albany, NY.



    NYSBCA thanks Nick Vallone for representing the private school bus contractors at the budget hearing and for advocating for our industry as we continue to have representation at the State Capitol and look to improve the school bus transportation system, reduce unnecessary costs, and, most importantly— keep our children safe.

  • January 08, 2023 11:39 AM | Tammy Mortier (Administrator)

    Click Here to Listen

    JANUARY 03, 2023

    NSTA: The Bus Stop - Executive Director, Curt Macysyn interviews Mike Martucci, New York State Senator 42nd District, Former Owner of Quality Bus Service. Mike recaps his journey into the political realm from yellow bus. Curt and Mike outline the driver shortage and its intersection with government. Finally, the duo discuss strategies to build relationships with elected officials.

  • 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.


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