NAPT MultiView News Brief
Apr. 24, 2012

FMCSA and DOT release final ruling on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (2012-9034)
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and DOT released a rule-making on April 20, that establishes a National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners for the evaluation of interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers. All ME's must now be trained in the physical qualification standards set forth for interstate CMV operators.

Prior to the ruling, medical professionals did not receive formal training in the occupational health and safety of CMV operators. Now they must be trained, tested and demonstrate proficiency over time. Once ME's have met requirements in CMV operator qualification standards, they will be added to a National Registry. Only CMV drivers holding National Registry certificates will be considered valid CMV operators.

The ruling goes into effect May 21, but provides a two-year phase-in period, with compliance required by May 21, 2014.More

We must stop bullying: It starts here, and it starts now
Sioux City Journal
Siouxland lost a young life to a senseless, shameful tragedy last week. By all accounts, Kenneth Weishuhn was a kind-hearted, fun-loving teenage boy, always looking to make others smile. But when the South O'Brien High School 14-year-old told friends he was gay, the harassment and bullying began. It didn't let up until he took his own life. Sadly, Kenneth's story is far from unique. Boys and girls across Iowa and beyond are targeted every day.More

PennDOT unveils new initiative aimed at improving safe roads
Gant Daily
As part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, PennDOT launched "Just Drive PA," a new initiative aimed at improving safety on Pennsylvania roadways. "Driving is a serious business that requires a driver's complete and full attention," said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. "Our new safety effort encourages motorists to 'Just Drive' and concentrate only on the task at hand."More

Fork in the road on driver distractions
Politico
A debate over distractions is roaring between auto industry advocates bent on preserving the wizardry of in-car technology and supporters of federal guidelines that could curb its use. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's recent recommendations target car manufacturers and shift the spotlight from hand-held devices to those built into cars. But automakers say — absent parallel cellphone guidelines — the moves intended to thwart distracted driving may wind up fueling it.More

Sioux City, Iowa, schools superintendent talks about 'Bully' film
Sioux City Journal
With the recent local release of the documentary "Bully," the Sioux City Journal talked with Sioux City schools Superintendent Paul Gausman about the movie, which was filmed partially at East Middle School during the 2009-2010 school year. "We learned things as filming occurred on the documentary, and we have continued to work on improvements since that time as well," Gausman said. More

National Clean Diesel Program accepting proposals for $20 million in funding assistance
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign opened a grant competition on April 20, to solicit proposals for the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program funded through the Diesel Emissions Reduction program. The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $20 million. The Request for Proposal is posted here and on www.grants.gov. The NCDC website contains more information regarding clean diesel technologies, past awarded projects and helpful tips.

The RFP will be open for approximately 45 days, closing on June 4. EPA plans to award funding through this competition in the fall.

This RFP has been updated from the most recent competition, so applicants are encouraged to carefully review the RFP to ensure a thorough understanding of eligible projects and technologies.

There will be three Q&A Webinars to be held on April 24, 25 and 26. Please visit the NCDC website for more information. All questions and/or inquiries regarding this RFP should be submitted in writing to CleanDiesel@epa.gov, or call 1-877-NCDC-FACTS.More

State DOTs use new technologies to reduce, reuse and recycle — saving taxpayers millions
AASHTO News
Earth Day goes hand in hand with raising environmental awareness — and this year the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is used the occasion to share the many ways their members are protecting the environment. "State transportation departments are finding ways to strike a balance between building the highways, bridges and mass transit systems America desperately needs, while being responsible environmental stewards," said John Horsley, AASHTO executive director. "Earth Day is an excellent time to draw attention to the many state DOT success stories that might otherwise go untold." States are utilizing a comprehensive approach to minimize their carbon footprint, save precious resources and protect and preserve sensitive ecosystems.More

Schools, parents try to keep pace with cyberbullying tactics
The Herald-Mail
Cyberbullying creates a vexing situation for parents and schools to police, because the harassment and intimidation is pervasive, easily kept out of a parent's view and inescapable to a generation tied to the Internet. Unlike traditional schoolyard teasing, cyberbullying can take place 24 hours a day, and often happens off school grounds, making it difficult for school officials to track.More

End Distracted Driving reaches out with safety message
U.S. Department of Transportation Fastlane
In February 2011, the father of a young woman who was killed by a distracted driver sent DOT a video tribute to his daughter. Joel Feldman's powerful video about his daughter Casey was the first outside submission to become part of Faces of Distracted Driving. Since then, Joel Feldman has not rested in his pursuit of that change. The organization he started, End Distracted Driving, has been a strong advocate in the fight to get drivers to keep their eyes on the road, their hands on the wheel and their full attention on driving safely.More

Obama administration endorses Student Non-Discrimination Act
The Huffington Post
Following a recent screening of the documentary "Bully" at the White House, the Obama administration officially endorsed the Student Non-Discrimination Act. The Student Non-Discrimination Act would provide students with explicit federal protections by establishing a comprehensive prohibition against discrimination and harassment in all public elementary and secondary schools across the country based on a student's actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Importantly, the legislation also protects students who associate with LGBT people, including students with LGBT parents and friends.More

Report: Drivers to save almost $70 billion by 2025 from fuel-efficient cars
Transportation Nation
The Natural Resource Defense Council says drivers will save some $70 billion by 2025 from fuel savings and other costs associated with cars that get 54.5 m.p.g. — the federal standard in that year. Individual drivers will save about $4,400 over the life of their cars — accounting for the increased costs of high-mileage cars.More

Security pros on a mission to teach cyber safety
THE Journal
Dan Waddell is just the kind of security expert you want on your side. He's been doing IT work for 18 years and began focusing on cyber security 10 years ago. So what's a guy like that doing in a classroom teaching kids as young as seven years old about cyber safety and security? "It's a civic responsibility for me," he said. "I have three kids. This cause hits home for me. I wanted to get involved." Waddell is one of 550 CISSPs who make up a corps of (ISC)2 volunteers who go into schools to educate students about how to do safe and secure computing. While topics evolve depending on what the current threat landscape looks like, the primary areas of focus right now are cyberbullying, mobile security, safe social networking, identity theft and overall safe computing practices, such as keeping anti-virus software up to date.More

NJ district to pay $4.2 million to settle lawsuit over bully's punch that paralyzed middle-schooler
The Washington Post
A New Jersey school district has agreed to pay $4.2 million to settle a lawsuit by a middle school student who was paralyzed when a known bully punched him in the abdomen. The settlement between the Ramsey school district and the family of Sawyer Rosenstein, who had complained to the district about being bullied, was worked out over the past two months but not made public until recently.More

Vendor Spotlight: When you're on the spot, come to the spotlight
NAPT
Business Partners are special members of NAPT. They provide expertise, products and services to the pupil transportation industry, helping to maintain and improve upon the safety and efficiency of operations and processes. Knowing who to call when you're on the spot is important.

To help you find solutions, we highlight three of our business partners in a scrolling logo format on the NAPT homepage every two weeks. All you need to do is click on the company logo to find out more.
B Featured on our website under "Business Partner in the Spotlight" through May 7 are the following businesses: Environmental Solutions Worldwide Group, Mobile Climate Control and Transfinder. Please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.

Please feel free to visit our web site anytime, www.napt.org, and check out the featured scrolling logo posted near the bottom left hand side of the home page. You never know, you may find just the solution you are looking for.

ESW Groupwww.cleanerfuture.com — provides, manufactures and markets a line of proprietary catalytic emission conversion, control and support products and technologies for the international transportation, construction and utility markets; Mobile Climate Controlwww.mcc-hvac.com — specializes in custom engineered HVAC systems that can be found worldwide in all types of commercial vehicles, from buses and coaches, to work and military vehicles; and Transfinderwww.transfinder.com — a national provider of student transportation management systems and services, offering routing and scheduling solutions for optimal transportation logistics.More