Bus Safety

The South Carolina Department of Education, Office of Transportation, is responsible for training, testing, and licensing all public school bus drivers. Several years ago, most of the state’s school bus drivers were 16, 17, and 18 year-old students. The school bus drivers’ training curriculum, training methodology, training aids and materials were designed to accommodate the learning styles of this age group. After April 1, 1988, the state was mandated to discontinue using teenagers as school bus drivers. Since that time, the entire school bus driving force has been converted to an all-adult driving force; however, the school bus driver’s training course and training methodology have not changed to accommodate the adult learner. Furthermore, the current curriculum does not address issues related to Commercial Driver License (CDL) requirements. The Office of Transportation needs a revised and expanded curriculum that addresses new statutes and issues surrounding today’s bus drivers.

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