Bus Drivers and their Motor Vehicle Record (Driving Record)
I was curious to know how other transportation departments choose to hire a bus driver in regards to their driving record? For example, if a perspective bus driver had a speeding ticket, 2 years ago, would you hire them? Does your department use a "driving record matrix" when hiring or does the person hiring the drivers go by "what they feel"?
Also in Texas, they have a surcharge for points above 6. I forgot how much it is, but it is charge I believe that reoccur every year. If the licensee does not pay that surcharge their license is suspended.
In Texas, if you possess a CDL, you cannot take defensive driving courses to remove those points off your record, even if you got that ticket in your personnal vehicle.
I firmly believe that the way a person drives in their personal vehicle, does not dictate how they would drive a bus.
If it was more that 1 issue like a ticket & acc or 2 tickets ......would not get an interview. After 40+ years in school buses.....feeling has a lot to do with it for sure. You get to a point good & bad is easy to spot.