Proposed Law Would Require More Stringent Hiring Practices for Georgia School Bus Drivers
RICHMOND COUNTY, GA – As reported online by WALB News 10, a proposed law, passed by both the Georgia House and Senate, would require more stringent hiring practices for Georgia school bus drivers.
A proposed law, which the Governor of Georgia has not yet signed, would require Georgia school bus drivers to undergo a more rigorous hiring process, subjecting these drivers to vetting twice a year. Under the new law, the Department of Public Safety would keep a registry of all Georgia school bus drivers. Additionally, the new law would require school districts in Georgia to provide the names and drivers license numbers of all school bus drivers to the Department of Public Safety before allowing the drivers to operate school buses.
The Department of Public Safety’s task would then be to verify the status of each school bus driver’s license, notifying the school districts if any school bus driver’s license has been suspended, expired, revoked or canceled. Information on every school bus driver’s license must be updated twice per year to ensure all potential traffic or license violations are flagged.
Under Georgia’s current laws on the books, local school boards are required to run background checks and fingerprint all school bus drivers before hiring them. However, school boards presently have the power to create their ownhiring practices. With the proposed changes to the law, there will be a standardized process for all school boards across the state of Georgia. Background checks and fingerprinting are not always enough, as many traffic violations may go unnoticed or overlooked without frequently checking the status of a school bus driver’s license. The Governor of Georgia is likely to sign the bill into law as both chambers of Congress have overwhelmingly approved the new bill.
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