Governor Murphy today signed into law S-1773, requiring all school bus operators to display across the rear of the school bus a phone number, website address, or other identifying information that allows the public to report a bus driver’s misconduct while operating the school bus. A school bus operator that displays the identifying information would be required to use lettering of a color that contrasts with the color of the bus.
Current regulations of the Department of Transportation (N.J.A.C.13:20-49C.18 (d)) provide that there can be no lettering on the front or rear of a school bus other than the words “SCHOOL BUS.” This bill allows school bus operators to display identifying information that would permit the public to report a bus driver’s misconduct.
This new law is applicable to the next school year beginning on July 1st.
The bill was sponsored by Senators Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. (D – Middlesex), Vin Gopal (D – Monmouth), and Assembly Members Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D – Hudson), and Clinton Calabrese (D – Bergen and Passaic).