NSTA & PA Congressman work to introduce bill aimed at regulatory reform
For months, our colleagues at the
National School Transportation Association (NSTA)
worked with Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA) on a bill aimed at combatting excessive regulations affecting the school bus and motorcoach industries. Late last month Congressman Perry introduced the
Buses United For Safety, Regulatory Reform and Enhanced Growth for the 21st Century (BUSREGS-21/ #HR2120)
to read more about this bill.
According to NSTA, the legislation "is a comprehensive bill designed to bring about essential regulatory reform for the passenger carrier industry resulting in improved safety, expanded investments and job creation." The legislation would:
Evaluate whether existing regulations applicable to buses are achieving their projected goals.
Modernize and streamline federal motor carrier safety and vehicle safety regulations for the bus industry, including rescission of some unnecessary regulations that do not improve safety.
Provide additional due process protections for bus operators cited for federal violations.
Speed up the approval process for new bus operators desiring to enter the industry.
Ensure that regulations written to apply to both trucks and buses are fully evaluated for their appropriateness to bus operations.
Provide stronger accountability for federally-funded public transit agencies to ensure they are meeting existing requirements to encourage the participation of the private sector.
Create an incentive program for public transit agencies that partner with the private sector.
NSTA is hopeful that some or all of the provisions in the bill can be included in an infrastructure package Congress is expected to take up later this year. NSTA is currently looking for cosponsor support on the House-side, and a Senate champion to spearhead a similar bill.
The original article appeared in the NSTA Newsletter on May 3, 2017.
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