Law enforcement officers across New York state participated in a crackdown on motorists who illegally pass school buses when they’re picking up or dropping off students.
Several children were left standing at the curb Monday or had to endure two-hour bus rides because drivers were assigned to new routes that they weren’t familiar with.
Councilman David Greenfield is introducing legislation Wednesday, calling for school buses to be equipped with cameras that would photograph cars caught illegally maneuvering around the bus. The owner of the car would then be ticketed.
Michael Cordiello of Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union said the union had requested a “cooling off” period of up to three months if the city was willing suspend the opening of the special education bid and come to the table.
Dozens of buses rolled out Tuesday on Staten Island amid jeers, boos and shouts of “scab” from striking school bus drivers and matrons.
The walkout began on Jan. 16, triggered by the city’s plan to put bus contracts out to bid to lower costs.
Bloomberg is hoping the two sides can come to an agreement to end the strike which entered its seventh day on Friday.
The strike by city school bus drivers and matrons continues with no end in sight.
A Long Island school district has made the move to a cleaner and less costly way to transport its students.
More than 8,000 school bus drivers and matrons went on strike in New York City Wednesday, leaving nearly 152,000 public school students having to find other ways to get to class.
Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union is furious over the details of a new plan by the city to put contracts with private bus companies up for bid.
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Former Comptroller Bill Thompson blasted Mayor Bloomberg for removing employee protection provisions from the latest school bus contracts that are being sent out for bids.
The wheels on New York City school buses could stop going round and round first thing in the New Year.
Some parents on Long Island are encouraging lawmakers to pass a new law that would prevent school bus drivers from getting behind the wheel drunk.
Normally, some 400 drivers handle 18,000 students in Lakewood. But officials reached a compromise after drivers complained about having to work the holiday to fulfill a state mandate to provide busing — only 200 drivers will be brought in to work on Thursday.