Each year brings new legislative and regulatory challenges for the school bus industry. Some of our accomplishments include the following:
- PSBA successfully led legislative efforts to expand the school bus physical renewal period from 12 to 13 months.
- PSBA helped pass legislation to exempt school buses, parts, and accessories from sales tax.
- PSBA helped with the passage of the railroad crossing bill mandating that school buses must stop at railroad crossings.
- PSBA surpassed federal requirements making Pennsylvania one of the first states in the nation to require side stop arms on school buses.
- PSBA took the lead role in passing legislation that allows third party testers to continue CDL testing in Pennsylvania.
- PSBA was at the forefront in working with lawmakers to require criminal history checks of school bus drivers.
- PSBA was successful in implementing school bus vehicle license tags saving contractors 100's of dollars in registration fees.
- PSBA was successful in negotiating a compromise on 4-year retesting that was favorable to the school transportation industry.
- PSBA worked with PennDOT's Medical Advisory Board to establish the criteria for medical waivers for cardiovascular and hyperglycemic drivers.
- PSBA's brochure "Think About School Bus Safety?" was the 1991 recipient of the governor's Highway Safety Award in Safety Education.
- PSBA was successful in reducing the minimum amount of time a licensee must hold a permit to 15 day.
If you have any questions about PSBA’s advocacy program, please contact Mike Berk, Executive Director by email or call Mike at 717-975-1951, ext. 500.