Governor Cuomo Signs School Bus Safety Bill Into Law

PC Public Affairs was instrumental in helping pass a new school bus safety law, signed by Governor Cuomo last week, which will require that all school bus drivers be subjected to random drug and alcohol testing policies.

“It is a victory for the children who ride those yellow school buses to and from school each day,” said PC Public Affairs Managing Partner, Andre Claridge.  “It’s a powerful tool that didn’t exist before for school districts and school transportation providers whose school bus drivers transport students in buses with a capacity of 16 passengers or fewer.  The law existed for the drivers of the big buses, but not the small ones — now every child who rides a yellow school bus is protected under the same policy.”

Claridge was part of the lobbying team that worked with leadership in the legislature and Governor’s office to move the the legislation through the process and ultimately get the bill signed into law.

“A lot of great people worked on this very important school bus safety bill — congratulations to the entire team.  It was the school transportation industry’s number one safety priority and we all worked together to get it done,” said Claridge.

Claridge also thanked Senate Majority Leader Flanagan, Speaker Heastie, Assemblywoman Lupardo, and Senator Marcellino for their leadership…and lauded Governor Cuomo for signing the bill and for his unwavering commitment to school bus safety.

Click here to read the story in School Transportation News.

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