Presentations for the December and January Annual Conference Sessions are now available online. Recordings of the January workshops will be uploaded next week. These are in the members only section of the website, so you will need to log in.
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is set to publish the following notice in tomorrow’s Federal Register on the Safe Driver Apprenticeship Pilot Program: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/2022-00733/safe-driver-apprenticeship-pilot-program-allow-persons-ages-18-19-and-20-to-operate-commercial-motor.
In summary, On September 10, 2020, FMCSA proposed a pilot program to allow persons ages 18, 19, and 20 to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. That pilot was never implemented. However, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which was signed into law on November 15, 2021, requires FMCSA to establish a pilot program that would allow employers to establish an apprenticeship program for certain 18-, 19-, and 20-year-old drivers to operate commercial vehicles in interstate commerce. This notice addresses the comments received on the September 10, 2020 notice, and provides the details on the establishment of the Safe Driver Apprenticeship Pilot Program required by the IIJA.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a Final Rule for motorcoaches establishing Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 227, ‘‘Bus rollover structural integrity,’’ to enhance the rollover structural integrity of motorcoaches, and other buses with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 26,000 pounds to exclude school buses. This final rule requires motorcoaches, among other requirements, provide a ‘‘survival space’’ in a rollover test to protect occupants from the possible collapse of the bus structure; prohibit emergency exits from opening in the rollover test to reduce the likelihood of ejection; and ensure that bus roofs and side wall panels will resist deformation and intrusion into the occupant space. The effective date of this Final Rule is December 30, 2024. The full Final Rule can be found here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-12-29/pdf/2021-27538.pdf.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued an exemption request notice from Rosco for their digital camera monitor systems for school buses installed as an alternative to the two rear-vision mirrors required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). The notice can be found here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-12-21/pdf/2021-27528.pdf. If you are interested in commenting on this waiver request, comments are due to the FMCSA by January 20, 2022.
The CDC as released updated K-12 COVID Guidance, which be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-guidance.html.
Today, in an effort to help alleviate the school bus driver shortage, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Department of Education announced states would have the option (they may, but not are not required to) to waive the portion of the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) skills test requiring school bus drivers identify the “under the hood” engine components. Under the agreement, all other written and road test requirements must be met. In addition, drivers receiving a CDL under this temporary waiver would be permitted to operate intrastate school buses only and would not be authorized to operate trucks, motorcoaches, or any other type of commercial motor vehicle requiring a CDL. The waiver, which became effective January 3, 2022, will expire on March 31, 2022.
The full waiver can be found here: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/commercial-drivers-license/waiver-certain-pre-trip-vehicle-inspection-skills-test
NHTSA Recall ID Number : 21C006
Synopsis : Clek, Inc. (Clek) is recalling certain Liing, model number LG19U1, and Liingo, model number LGO20U1, infant child seats manufactured before September 15, 2020. A small plastic portion of the child seat canopy support may break and detach from the seat. A detached piece of plastic can present a choking hazard to a child, increasing the risk of injury. Clek will provide a replacement canopy support along with instructions on how to replace it, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed in January 2022. Owners may contact Clek customer service at 1-866-656-2462.
NHTSA Recall ID Number : 21C007
Synopsis : Clek, Inc. (Clek) is recalling certain Liing, model LG19U1, and Liingo, model number LGO20U1, infant child seats manufactured before February 22, 2021. The labels on the seat cover or infant insert may bubble up, allowing the labels to come apart into small pieces. Detached pieces of the labels can present a choking hazard to a child, increasing the risk of injury. Clek will provide a replacement seat cover or infant insert, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed in January 2022. Owners may contact Clek customer service at 1-866-656-2462.
You can find a checklist for the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) here.
You can also find a checklist for your Training Provider here, then scroll to the bottom, right side of the website. You will see the following:
The Biden Administration announced yesterday that the requirement to wear masks on airplanes, buses, trains, boats, school buses, and other modes of transportation and in transportation hubs will be extended through March due to concerns over the Omicron COVID variant.
TSA's announcement can be found HERE.
You can also view this and past surveys at https://www.ksde.org/Agency/Fiscal-and-Administrative-Services/School-Finance/School-Bus-Safety/Loading-and-Unloading-Surveys.
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