12/19/2017

 


 





  Chicago party bus ordinance angers operators

From Bus & Motorcoach News:

CHICAGO - A city of Chicago ordinance designed to crack down on illegal party buses has been causing headaches for legal motorcoach operators.

"City officials said they were not going after good operators, yet we were tagged for five violations," said Carl Ekberg, vice president and chief operating officer of Chicago Classic Coach.

 

 

In their zeal to rid the city of unlicensed party bus operators and rein in an increase in violent incidents caused by their passengers, law enforcement agencies have been ticketing even law-abiding operators, often for bogus violations that routinely are overturned in court.

In their zeal to rid the city of unlicensed party bus operators and rein in an increase in violent incidents caused by their passengers, law enforcement agencies have been ticketing even law-abiding operators, often for bogus violations that routinely are overturned in court.

Ekberg said the officers claimed the bus wasn't USDOT-certified, "even though our USDOT numbers are all over the bus." They also cited the company for not displaying emblems that weren't legally required and for not having a Chicago charter license, which isn't required because the company is based in a suburb, not in the city.  "We got out of four of the tickets, but I have to go back to court in January on the other one," Ekberg said.

One of the most controversial elements of the ordinance requires buses to have a licensed security guard and cameras on board if there are more than 15 passengers and if there is alcohol on the bus, or if the bus plans to make multiple stops at venues where alcohol is consumed.

The problem is that alcohol isn't just sold in bars and nightclubs, but also at museums, theaters, hotels and airports. That means if a charter bus were transporting a student group to museums that sell alcohol, the bus would be required to have a guard and security cameras that can monitor the interior of the.............  READ MORE >

 

  FMCSA reminds motorcoach industry that ELDs are now mandatory

From Metro:

Monday is the implementation date for the Congressionally-mandated Electronic Logging Device (ELD) final rule. After this date, all vehicles and drivers that were previously required to fill out paper log books will be required to have either a grandfathered AOBRD (Automated On-Board Recording Device) or an ELD. No hours of service rules were changed because of the ELD rule.

FMCSA is reminding motorcoach operators that its enforcement partners are fully prepared for the Dec. 18, 2017 implementation, and are committed to implementing the ELD rule.

 

Monday is the implementation date for the Congressionally-mandated Electronic Logging Device (ELD) final rule. After this date, all vehicles and drivers that were previously required to fill out paper log books will be required to have either a grandfathered AOBRD (Automated On-Board Recording Device) or an ELD. No hours of service rules were changed because of the ELD rule.

This will be done in a manner that improves safety without impeding commerce. FMCSA has trained its Federal Staff and State law enforcement partners, and fully tested the.........READ MORE >

 
 
 
 
 
  Kansas School Transportation Professionals Make the Holidays Special

From School Bus Fleet:

Every year as we near the holiday season, I look forward to receiving photos and seeing social media posts of school bus drivers and other transportation department staff members with their festively decorated buses and offices, parties, and holiday cards highlighting their team spirit - and the students aboard the bus decked out in Santa Claus and reindeer caps.

Still, there's something else I like even more, and that's seeing how involved pupil transporters are in so many efforts to make the holidays just a little nicer - or maybe just nice, period - for those who are less fortunate.

This time of year there are so many examples of how pupil transporters often go above and beyond helping children access education by getting them to and from school safely. This year, we not only came across stories of transportation departments and companies holding "stuff the bus" events for those in need, but also participating in other community efforts, such as "Shop With a Cop," which pairs police officers with low-income students for a paid shopping trip to buy gifts for their families and friends.

 

Every year as we near the holiday season, I look forward to receiving photos and seeing social media posts of school bus drivers and other transportation department staff members with their festively decorated buses and offices, parties, and holiday cards highlighting their team spirit - and the students aboard the bus decked out in Santa Claus and reindeer caps.

Similarly, the "Shop With a Hero" program, which Northwest Bus Service of Titusville, Pennsylvania, has participated in, has students shopping with police officers, firefighters, and other first responders. This year, when it looked like the event might not happen, due to a grant falling through, the bus company was instrumental in making sure it did, donating money, along with other community members, Monica Willis, a bus driver for the company, told School Bus Fleet via Facebook.

Other readers told SBF on Facebook about how their districts have pitched in to help those in need during the holidays. Ian Ruck, an on-the-bus instructor trainer (OBI) for Licking Heights Local School District in Pataskala, Ohio, said that his district's OBIs teamed up with neighboring district Southwest Licking Local School District's OBIs to have a friendly competition to see which district could collect more hats, gloves, coats, and other clothing and personal items for local residents in need. In Washington state, bus driver Julie McKee shared that Sedro Woolley School District's transportation department collected $80 and bought gift cards to donate to Boys and Girls Clubs of America for holiday baskets.

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