Large Variation Found in Georgia Bus Driver Training

By: AP
By: AP

Atlanta, Georgia (AP) --

An examination of school bus driver training requirements in Georgia shows considerable variation.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found a training requirement of
anywhere from 24 to 120 hours, depending on the school district.

The state Board of Education requires that school districts give
bus drivers at least 12 hours of classroom training, six hours of
driving an empty bus and six hours of driving students while under
the supervision of a trainer.

The question was raised following Monday's deadly school bus
crash in Carroll County (10/4), in which a trainee was behind the wheel.

The district said the driver was driving with a temporary school
bus driver's license and was under the supervision of a trainer.

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