New Jersey School Bus Contractors Association is recently incorporated by members of the NJ School Bus Owners Association & Garden State School Bus Contractors Associations. The two Associations have united in order to present a powerful, unified voice. Our members are dedicated to the safety of our passengers, to help promote contracted school bus transportation, and to introduce legislation regarding the school bus industry.
Eric Raphael, President (Irvin Raphael Bus)
Dan Hillman, Secretary & South Director (Hillman Bus)
Chloe Williams, Treasurer (BR Williams Bus)
North Director – Brendan Flynn (STA)
Central Director – VACANT
– Al VanRiper (VanRiper Bus),
– Shannon Murray, President (Kensington Bus)
Lobbyist – William Pascrell, IIII
National Association Liaisons, Legislative, Legal Affairs, Maintenance / MVC, Marketing / Communications, Membership
Associate/Vendor Membership Benefits
- Direct access to network with our membership; NJSBCA members are owners and top decision makers of the leading school bus contractors across the State
- Your company logo listed on our public membership page – NEW & IMPROVED WEBSITE WILL ENHANCE NETWORKING
- Sponsorship opportunities
- Exposure at our annual expo
- Preferred advertising opportunities
- Direct access to industry information
- Exclusive opportunities to promote your product
- Special program opportunities
- Partnership in a safer industry; your participation strengthens the NJ school bus transportation industry
Join now and together, we will develop and refine the path to providing safe, reliable and cost effective student transportation services through responsible school bus contractors.
Annual Associate/Vendor Membership: $500
Download: Associate/Vendor Member Application
Please send your completed application and payment to NJSBCA, PO Box 304, Somerville, NJ 08876.
E-mail your logo information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your customers will appreciate your dedication to their success!
Contractor Members – JOIN NOW!
Together, we will develop and refine the path to providing safe, reliable and cost effective student transportation services through responsible school bus contractors.
Download: Contractor Member Application
Letter to Returning and New Members
Dear Returning and New NJSBCA Members:
Thank you for supporting another successful and productive year. Please recognize that many new and innovative ideas and improvements to the industry continue to occur are behind the scenes.
Currently, we have established a strong presence in Trenton by retaining the single most powerful Lobbyist in the state, Mr. William J. Pascrell, III, of Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc. This has been enhanced by our PAC committee members attending legislative functions and building long-term relationships with representatives from both parties and is supported by member donations to the PAC FUND. These relationships are built on the commitment to provide the students, parents and taxpayers with the safest, most reliable student transportation possible. These relationships have allowed us to pass legislation that is beneficial to us all and strengthen the quality of school bus owners, participate in the modification of proposed bills to strengthen them and when necessary, prevent legislation that would negatively impact the industry.
These long-term legislative relationships have paved the way toward the vision of a State with truly safe, economical transportation at the highest level of performance. As you may be aware, the “Request for Proposal (RFP)”, a bill which will provide the opportunity for districts to accept a bid from a contractor with a better safety and performance record rather than being forced to accept the lowest bidder has been being supported through our organization and Lobbyist. On November 16, 2015 Mr. Pascrell appeared before the Assembly Education Committee chaired by Assemblyman Pat Diegnan, Vice Chaired by Troy Singleton for a hearing on A-3921 sponsored by Diegnan, Singleton and Jimenez which would allow for an RFP process for pupil transportation. President Shannon Murray, Vice President Eric Raphael and Dan Hillman, Secretary & South Director all joined in Trenton to testify before the Committee. The outcome was IN OUR FAVOR!!! The importance of the message of changing the way school buses are contracted for in New Jersey was heard loud and clear. After 20 minutes of testimony and 10 minutes of Q & A, the bill was successfully voted out of committee by a vote of 9-0. The hearing provided a good opportunity to educate members of the Committee on the importance of not awarding school bus contracts based solely on the low bid. This has been a slow but on-going process. The word should be spread that this is not an issue that will be forgotten. We will continue to endeavor for the bill to be signed by the Governor. It should be noted that the bill has been reintroduced as of January 14, 2016.
The values of the relationships we have built in Trenton are not limited to the passing of Bills. Equally important is the help from the authorities which have oversight of the various governmental entities that control our destiny such as the Criminal History Review Unit, Office of Student Transportation, Motor Vehicles Commission and the School Bus Inspection Unit. These long-term relationships have enabled us to gain the most important ingredient in negotiations: RESPECT.
We continue to strengthen our relationship with the School Transportation Supervisors of New Jersey and have combined several informative and productive meetings with membership from both organizations. The natures of these meetings were the changes to the CDL and CPL requirements, the new digital permit as well as the school bus inspection process. As a member, you would be invited to attend these meetings and gain access to minutes/notes from such meetings on our website.
This year we launched a new and improved website. www.njschoolbus.com touts our members, vendor members, legislative updates, minutes from General Membership meetings and a place to advertise school bus and equipment just for starters. The development of the website is ongoing and we welcome suggestions for new ideas and improvements. This is a great place for vendors to add to their network of customers as well as for members to receive discounts.
CHECK OUT A SAMPLING OF SOME OF OUR NEWEST ASSOCIATE MEMBERS AND WHAT THEY HAVE TO OFFER:
- UNITY SCHOOL BUS PARTS: DISCOUNT PROGRAMS & FRIEGHT ALLOWANCES. FAST SERVICE & KNOWLEDGEABLE STAFF EMPHASIS ON SPECIAL EDUCATION EQUIPMENT AND TRANSPORTATION.
- RIGGINS OIL: CALL FOR DISCOUNT INFORMATION
- R C KELLY LAW ASSOCIATES, LLC: YOUR LEGAL NEEDS ADDRESSED
- PAYROLL FUNDING: INTRA-MONTH FINANCING FOR SCHOOL BUS CONTRACTORS FOR NJSBCA MEMBERS*
It is in your best interest to join for the simple reason that there is force in numbers! The School Bus Contractor Industry in New Jersey wants safety and uniformity across the board. We need everyone’s support to achieve that goal. We are seeking all members with new voices and opinions who want to be a part of a growing voice in our industry.
Your questions and concerns can always be addressed via our e-mail address which is monitored daily or by calling 732.766.6926.
Once again, thanks for supporting the many successes that we’ve accomplished during the past year.
*Payroll Funding pays your payroll for you and guarantees that you will collect enough to pay your payroll timely – then you repay PFC when you collect. The cost? 3/10 of 1% of the payroll per day. If your payroll is $10,000 you will pay $30 a day provided you are a member of the NJSBCA. You don’t want to be a bank-but we do. Why not accelerate your cash flow?
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