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“Joe will be your primary contact with PTSI going forward”
Syracuse, NY, March 7, 2022. Ms. Nikki Hughes, President of the PTSI Board of Directors announced today that Joseph LaMarca has been selected as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the company. An experienced school transportation director and business leader, Joe succeeded Kathy Furneaux and assumed all PTSI management responsibilities on January 18, 2022. After a long and rewarding career as Executive Director, Kathy Furneaux will take a part-time consulting role with PTSI and enjoy her well-deserved retirement in the years to come.
Joe’s school transportation career started in 1985 as a driver for Golden Arrow Bus Service. After six months, he was promoted to a management trainee, and over the next seven years he experienced every operational level within the transportation department which set the foundation for his career. In 1993 he was promoted to Director of Transportation where he served three New York State school districts over his 36-year career.
As CEO of PTSI Joe will manage internal and external operations and maintain customer service to achieve maximum customer satisfaction, and he will oversee the day-to-day operations with an emphasis on fiscal responsibility.
“Joe is a take charge kind of person that will move the organization in the right direction, at the right time” said Jaime Gallego, Treasurer for PTSI. All PTSI Board Members agree, “Joe will be a good fit for the company” said Kanoe Cockett, Secretary for PTSI.
PTSI is committed to delivering the highest quality training materials and support to allow clients to exceed their respective safety missions. We are a leading provider of school transportation training resources to public and private sector organizations throughout North America.
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East Syracuse, NY 13057
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a Final Rule today amending the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to increase the area on the interior of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) windshields where certain vehicle safety technology devices may be mounted. In addition, FMCSA adds items to the definition of vehicle safety technology. This final rule is effective as of May 6, 2022 and may be found here: 2022-03996.pdf.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued an Commercial Driver’s License Skills Testing exemption at the request of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) for the State Drivers Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) in Maryland, New Hampshire and Virginia to allow the three States to continue using revised Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) pre-trip vehicle inspection and revised control skills test procedures following the completion of field tests conducted under a waiver granted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). AAMVA believes that the requested exemption would enable these States to continue operating under the pilot model without the burden of reverting to the current CDL test model generating costs and delays associated with the reconfiguration of testing locations and retraining of CDL test examiners. FMCSA determined that the exemption, subject to the terms and conditions imposed, will achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption. The exemption is effective February 22, 2022 and expires on February 22, 2027.
The full notice can be found here: 2022-04255.pdf (govinfo.gov).
UPDATE: On Monday, February 28th, TSA confirmed that we should be following the CDC for school bus transportation and not the TSA. You will recall there has been an overlap between the CDC and TSA on this issue as the TSA Security Directive covers airports, airplanes, buses, bus terminals, train stations, trains, and other forms of transportation. That overlap is no longer our concern.
This afternoon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated masking guidelines. In general, in areas were COVID is posing a low or medium threat to hospitals, people can stop wearing masks.
With respect to masking on school buses, please note the following from the CDC: Effective February 25, 2022, CDC is exercising its enforcement discretion to not require that people wear masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, including early care and education/child care programs. CDC is making this change to align with updated guidance that no longer recommends universal indoor mask wearing in K-12 and early education settings in areas with a low or medium COVID-19 Community Level.
To read the entire updated masking statement from the CDC, please go here: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/masks/mask-travel-guidance.html
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued revised guidance on the use of the term “medical treatment” in the reporting of accidents. The revised guidance explains that an x-ray examination is a diagnostic procedure and should no longer be considered ‘‘medical treatment’’ in determining whether a crash should be included on a motor carrier’s accident register. This guidance is applicable as of February 25, 2022 and expires February 25, 2027.
The guidance may be found here: 2022-03997.pdf (www.govinfo.gov).
All entities that provide entry-level driver training, as defined by the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations (see 49 CFR part 380 subparts F and G), must now access the Training Provider Registry to submit driver training certification records within two business days of a driver’s training completion. Log in to your Training Provider Portal to get started or download the instructions.
All CDL applicants who are required to take entry-level driver training must use the Training Provider Registry to search for a registered training provider. The interactive provider search is now available.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has released the Safe Driver Apprenticeship Pilot Program website (www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safedriver). FMCSA will continue to build out the site and plan to post FAQs by the end of the month. Should you wish to communicate with FMCSA about this program, the email address is: email@example.com.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will issue guidance tomorrow, Thursday, February 3, 2022, explaining that FMCSA’s current statutory regulations do not prohibit third party testers from administering the commercial driver’s license knowledge tests for all classes and endorsements. SDLAs may accept the results of the knowledge tests administered by third party testers under this guidance and in accordance with the requirements set forth in 49 CFR part 383, subparts G and H. Here is the link to the guidance: 2022-02165.pdf (federalregister.gov).
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will publish a Final Rule in the Federal Register on Friday, January 21, 2022, amending regulations permitting individuals who do not satisfy, with the worse eye, either the existing distant visual acuity standard with corrective lenses or the field of vision standard, or both, to be physically qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce under specified conditions. Currently, such individuals are prohibited from driving commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce unless they obtain an exemption from FMCSA. This new alternative vision standard replaces the current vision exemption program. The Final Rule can be found here: https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2022-01021.pdf.
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