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DERA in the Headlights School districts and bus companies are scrambling this month


to submit proposals for the fiscal year 2016 Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program administered by the U.S. EPA. The program is funded through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), and the total estimated amount available for emission retrofits and certified engine configurations verified by the EPA or the California Air Resources Board are approximately $26 million. Other eligible projects include idle-reduction technologies, aerodynamic tech- nologies and low rolling resistance tires that are all EPA-verified, as well as early engine, vehicle, or equipment replacements with certified engine configurations.


The deadline to submit


RPFs is April 26, and more information can be found on www.grants.gov. Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate


is considering an extension of DERA to the tune of $500 million over the next five years as part of the Energy Policy Modernization Act.


Training Day The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration finally


posted its proposed rule to require entry-level training of the nation’s commercial bus and truck drivers. Drivers seeking a passenger or school bus endorsement for their commercial license would be included under the new rule, and the course would need to be certified by FMCSA, as well as listed on a proposed Training Provider Registry. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking responds to a con-


gressional mandate in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, or MAP-21. FMCSA said the proposed rule is based on consensus recommendations from the agency’s Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC), a negotiated rulemaking group that held a series of six meetings between February and May of last year. NASDPTS was one of the 25 committee members, NSTA being another, that reached consensus on the proposal with a 73-page framework that was forwarded to FMCSA, said Charlie Hood, NASDPTS’s executive director. Hood added that FMCSA “largely based” its NPRM on the


committee’s recommendations. The compliance date would be three years after the effective date of a final rule.


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22 School Transportation News • APRIL 2016


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