Ag Transportation Safety

Pupil Transportation

Pupil Transportation is a division of the Nebraska Safety Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus. The Pupil Transportation program was created in May of 2000 through a contract with the Nebraska Department of Education to provide services regarding Nebraska Department of Education's administrative rule code.

Rule 91    Driver Qualifications and Operational Procedures for Pupil Transportation Vehicles
(Effective Date 09/26/2012; Implementation Date 11/26/2012)
 
Summary of Changes to Rule 91 (PDF file)  
Rule 92   Regulations Governing the Minimum Equipment Standards and Safety Inspection Criteria for Pupil Transportation Vehicles
(Effective Date 09/26/2012; Implementation Date 11/26/2012) 
Summary of Changes to Rule 92 (PDF file)  


Weather Notice:

In the event of weather related cancellations - an email will be sent to the email address provided on the registration form and we will attempt to place phone calls to both the employer and student phone numbers. If you are concerned about weather conditions in your area - please contact the Nebraska Safety Center at 1 (800) 854-7867 ext 6 or (308) 865-8562 or (308) 865-1287 or email bus@unk.edu for more information. 

COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

Effective January 1, 2012, all individuals holding a Nebraska Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) are required to certify to the DMV what type of operation they engage in no later than January 30, 2014. More information is available on the DMV web-site or you may call (402) 471-3861.

Level Certification Expiration Dates:

With the changes in Rule 91, implemented June 7, 2008 – drivers whose Level certification expires on or after June 7, 2008 will have their expiration date automatically extended one year. Drivers whose certifications expired on or before June 6, 2008 will be grandfathered under the old policy, which allowed drivers to complete a Level 2 course within one year of the expiration of their current Level Certification. Click here for information on how to obtain the drivers Level Training and DOT physical dates on the driving record.

Training Dates for Level I:

October
November
December
January
February

To register for a scheduled Level I course: Course Registration Form

Notice:  

  • In the event of weather related cancellations - an email will be sent to the email address provided on the registration form and we will attempt to place phone calls to both the employer and student phone numbers. If you are concerned about weather conditions in your area - please contact the Nebraska Safety Center at 1 (800) 854-7867 ext 6 or (308) 865-8562 or (308) 865-1287 or email bus@unk.edu for more information.  
  •  When registering for a Level I Pupil Transportation instructional course please check the on-line schedule to verify that the course is still available. 
  •  Level 1 courses are not available via distance learning.  

Level 1 Instructional Courses

All registrations for Level 1 courses must be received 5 school days prior to the beginning course date. Registrations received less than 5 school days prior to the beginning course date cannot be guaranteed a seat in the requested course.

Materials students must bring to a Level 1 course:

  • Current Nebraska Drivers License (out of state license will be accepted for identification purpose.  They cannot be used to process course certification)
  • Download and Print a copy of the Pupil Transportation Guide (revised 12/6/2012)

INSTRUCTORS WILL NOT PROVIDE COPIES OF THE ABOVE MATERIALS. 

Level 1 students must comply with the following requirements:
Complete the Pre-Service Evaluation and Behind the wheel (updated June 16, 2011) training.

If the vehicle requires the driver to hold a CDL, the applicant must hold a Learner’s Permit for Commercial Vehicles (LPC) prior to the “behind the wheel” evaluation. In order to obtain the LPC the applicant must pass a general knowledge written examination based on the information contained in the CDL Manual.

To register for a scheduled Level 1 course: Course Registration Form

 

Training Dates for Level II:

October
November
December
January
February

To register for a scheduled Level II course: Course Registration Form

Notice:   

  • In the event of weather related cancellations - an email will be sent to the email address provided on the registration form and we will attempt to place phone calls to both the employer and student phone numbers. If you are concerned about weather conditions in your area - please contact the Nebraska Safety Center at 1 (800) 854-7867 ext 6 or (308) 865-8562 or (308) 865-1287 or email bus@unk.edu for more information.
     
  • When registering for a Level 2 Pupil Transportation instructional course please check the on-line schedule to verify that the course is still available.

Level 2 Instructional Courses -

Pre-registration for Level 2 courses is required. Students who are not pre-registered will only be allowed to complete the course if the can provide proof a valid Level certification. Presentation of a valid Bus Permit is not acceptable proof.

Level 2 courses can be offered via Distance Learning in select locations. If locations are not indicated or you would like to request an alternate location - please contact Rachel Leigh at (308) 865-1287 or 1 (800) 854-7867 or email bus@unk.edu at least 14 school days before the course date. We will attempt to schedule your request. Students are responsible for:

  • Making arrangements with the receiving location for access to their distance learning services.
  • Arranging for a proctor to supervise the course.

Registrations must be received 5 school days prior to the beginning course date. Registrations received less than 5 school days prior to the beginning course date cannot be guaranteed a seat in the requested course.

Materials students must bring to Level 2 course:

INSTRUCTORS WILL NOT PROVIDE COPIES OF THE ABOVE MATERIALS  

To register for a scheduled Level 2 course: Course Registration Form 

NDE Pupil Transportation Rule 91 and Rule 92 (effective March 9, 2008) states that beginning June 7, 2011, vans originally manufactured as 15-passenger vans and modified so the seating was 10 passengers or less (not including the driver) can no longer be used to transport students.  This ban does not include 12-passenger vans which have been modified by the dealer or manufacturer.