Claudia Newton

The New York Association for Pupil Transportation voiced support for several school transportation-focused proposals made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State speech.

The governor on Wednesday proposed increasing fines for motorists who illegally pass a stopped school bus with its flashing red lights and stop arm activated. “Our own surveys of school bus drivers suggest that the incidence of illegal passing has risen in recent years and increasing fines is one way to attain greater compliance,” NYAPT said in a statement.

The association said it supports Senate Bill 518, which would “authorize the installation and use of photo monitoring devices on school buses to detect and record vehicles illegally passing or overtaking a school bus.”

Gov. Cuomo recommended that the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund is an opportunity to invest in school buses. NYAPT agreed, stating that it is ready to “assist in the smooth execution of the VW investment plans and to allow flexibility for districts and operators to employ clean technologies that meet their needs.”

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