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Pennsylvania bus driver shortage sparks safety concerns

The ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic has affected every job, but it has also brought to light the growing need for bus drivers. Not just any bus drivers, but probably trained bus drivers.

Over the last few years, the number of bus drivers across Pennsylvania has been trending downward. The hours and pay do not match the extensive process it takes to become a bus driver.  According to the Pennsylvania School Bus Association, the process takes about 10-12 weeks to become a school bus driver.

The process starts with an extensive screening phase, which includes criminal background checks and a physical exam, among other things.  Once that is concluded, there are 14 hours of classroom learning, written exams, in-bus training, a CDL driving test and a post CDL drug screen.  All of this training can deter candidates from applying.

Unfortunately, the shortage of bus drivers can affect the safety and training of current and future bus drivers. In an attempt to fill their numbers, companies may cut corners in the training of new bus drivers.  Failure to properly train a bus driver can lead to serious injuries of the driver, the passengers, and others on the road.

At Dallas W. Hartman, P.C., we advocate for the victims and their families of those who have been hurt in a bus accident where the driver was not properly trained.  Our personal injury lawyers use their experience to recover the maximum benefit and compensation for you and your family if you are hurt as a result of another’s negligence.

Call our office at 800-777-4081 to know your rights and options and receive a free consultation regarding your case.

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