The state directors’ organization details requirements and outlines the history of standards created for driver training. NASDPTS also notes its involvement in initiatives that impact school bus drivers.
One bill would cut training hours needed for CDL holders and those approved to operate a school bus. Another would allow bus ads.
The auditor general discovers 10 drivers in the state who should have been banned from transporting students because of criminal convictions.
The widespread shortage has increased challenges for some beyond the usual period of adjustment during back-to-school season. This year, mainstream media seems to be paying more attention.
Under a bill signed by the governor, new school bus drivers in Tennessee will have to be at least 25 years old. The bill also mandates state standards for driver and manager training.
A bill that would raise the minimum age for new school bus drivers in the state passes unanimously in the House. Another bill that would require restraints on school buses passes a committee vote.
Johnthony Walker, the driver in the fatal November crash, is indicted on six counts of vehicular homicide. Other charges include reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and use of a portable electronic device by a school bus driver.
A new state law aims to accelerate the process of getting a commercial driver’s license by enabling private vendors to conduct the knowledge and skills tests.
One bill would require seat belts on school buses in Tennessee. Other proposals aim to raise the state’s minimum age for school bus drivers and increase oversight of pupil transportation.
The new FMCSA final rule applies to drivers seeking a CDL or endorsements, including a school bus endorsement.
A preliminary report finds that Glenn Chappell had hypertension, diabetes, and seizures, and in the past five years had been involved in at least 12 crashes or incidents while driving a school bus or personal vehicle.
Glenn Chappell was notified that he was “no longer authorized” to drive a school bus for failing to provide medical certification. The school system was not notified, he continued driving, and died in a crash that killed five others.
Amid a reported rise in prescription drug misuse and illicit drug abuse in the general workforce, school transportation providers stay vigilant with up-to-date training, education, and wellness efforts.