11/8/12 Urgent-Cuomo drops standards for school buses and drivers, blaming Sandy

Saturday, November 24, 2012 2:57:00 PM
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NYS Governor just decided to suspend regulations for bus driver qualifications. 
See below.
Obviously it is nerve wracking for parents to have bus driven by someone who yes, knows how to drive a big vehicle, but no, never trained or worked with children, period. 

Did you know that in 1979 strike kids were put on Corrections Dept buses?  The vehicle requirements are also compromised here.
 

President of ATU 1181-1061 told us today:

There is no shortage of drivers; the DOE won't allow them to follow the work. Experienced drivers and matrons are available! The companies need buses. 

Do you agree that this is hasty and potentially dangerous? 

We think it is important to respond to this even while we are all having to deal with other aspects of the storm effects.
Sometimes what starts out as temporary/emergency measure lasts longer, as in the destruction of public schools in New Orleans after Katrina.
More info to follow.   Contact: pistnyc@gmail.com           Phone: 347 504 3310           Facebook page: PIST NYC

Temporary Suspension and Modification of Statutory Provisions Relating to the Transportation of School Children in the City of New York

WHEREAS, on October 26, 2012, I issued Executive Order Number 47, declaring a disaster emergency in all 62 counties in the State of New York; and

 

WHEREAS, Hurricane Sandy has forced the relocation of 18,000 students in kindergarten through grade 8 from their regular school locations to other school buildings, while also damaging a significant number of school buses needed to transport these students; and

 

WHEREAS, the New York City Department of Education must arrange alternative transportation to ensure that these students are able to continue attending school;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ANDREW M. CUOMO, Governor of the State of New York, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Section 29-a of Article 2-B of the Executive Law to temporarily suspend or modify specific provisions of any statute, local law, ordinance, orders, rules or regulations, or parts thereof, of any agency during a State disaster emergency, if compliance with such provisions would prevent, hinder or delay action necessary to cope with the disaster, hereby temporarily suspend and modify, as the case may be, for the period from the date of this Executive Order until further notice, the following:

 

Section 3623 of the Education Law, and regulations promulgated thereunder, to the extent that such school bus requirements shall not apply to motor vehicles operated on an emergency basis for the transportation of New York City pupils, children of pupils, teachers and other persons acting in a supervisory capacity to or from school or school activities;

 

Section 3624 of the Education Law and Section 501 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, and regulations promulgated thereunder, to the extent that motor vehicles operated on an emergency basis for the transportation of New York City pupils, children of pupils, teachers and other persons acting in a supervisory capacity to or from school or school activities may be operated by drivers who do not meet these school bus driver qualifications but are otherwise qualified to operate such motor vehicles;

 

Section 140 of the Transportation Law and Sections 375 and 383 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, and regulations promulgated thereunder, to the extent that provisions applicable only to school buses shall not apply to motor vehicles operated on an emergency basis for the transportation of New York City pupils, children of pupils, teachers and other persons acting in a supervisory capacity to or from school or school activities.

 

G I V E N under my hand and the Privy Seal of the State in the City of Albany this seventh day of November in the year two thousand twelve.

 

BY THE GOVERNOR

 

Secretary to the Governor

Source URL: http://www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorder/65

 

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