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Gov. Murphy signs Corrado bill that would address school bus shortage

NEW JERSEY – Legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado that would extend the service life of school buses to address the shortage of school transportation vehicles was signed into law Wednesday by Governor Murphy.

“Ongoing supply chain issues have made manufacturing and obtaining new school busses a challenge here in New Jersey. Today, I’m glad the Governor took action and signed my bi-partisan legislation that would help alleviate our state’s school bus shortage,” said Corrado (R-40). “Extending the service life of certain school buses that meet established safety standards ensures that our students will continue to receive efficient transportation to and from school. This bill would amend existing regulations for certain school buses to increase their service life from fifteen to twenty years.”

Currently, school buses with a maximum weight of 25,000 pounds that were manufactured on or after January 1, 2007, or before 2007 that have crankcase technology installed have a service life of fifteen years. Under New Jersey law, these vehicles are required to be retired after exhausting their service life regardless of their condition or mileage.

Type S buses, which are designed to carry fewer passengers have a service life of twelve years and must also be retired regardless of their condition or mileage.

Senator Corrado’s bill, S-3734/A-5329, extends the useful service life of certain school buses from fifteen years to twenty years. This bill would apply to school buses manufactured on or before January 1, 2007, or buses manufactured before 2007 that have crankcase technology installed to reduce emissions.

The amended bill would also permit Type S school buses to receive a one-time extension from the Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission for up to one year upon request of the owner.

“Optimizing our utilization of school buses ensures that we continue to meet the needs of New Jersey families while adhering to strict public safety standards,” Corrado said. “This bill allows us to strike a balance between safety and practicality so we can work more efficiently with limited resources during this unprecedented time.”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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