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School Bus Drivers and Driving Offenses

Posted by attorney Linda Callahan

Serious consequences resulting from criminal convictions. A school bus driver’s authorization will be suspended or revoked for conviction of any crime involving:

· driving with a license suspended or revoked

· hit and run driving

· driving while intoxicated

· being in physical control of a motor vehicle while intoxicated

· reckless driving

· negligent driving of a serious nature

· vehicular assault

· vehicular homicide

Also, a conviction of any of the above listed offenses disqualifies a person from obtaining a school bus driver authorization for a period of five years following the conviction.

A deferred prosecution may not save the school bus driver authorization. If the authorized school bus driver enters a deferred prosecution program, and the conduct (or alleged conduct) is related to the occupation of a school bus driver, the authorization may be suspended, revoked or denied. The length of the suspension, revocation or denial may be as long as it takes to complete the treatment program—which is two years for an alcohol or drug treatment deferred prosecution program.

Reporting obligations. Within 20 calendar days of the filing of certain criminal charges (including those mentioned above), the authorized school bus driver must notify his or her employer in writing. Annually, the authorized school bus driver must submit to the school district, a disclosure of all convictions which may be grounds for denial, suspension, or revocation of the school bus driver authorization. Authorized school bus drivers must also notify their employers of any disqualifying traffic convictions, or license suspension, disqualification, or revocation orders issued by the department of licensing.

Commercial driver’s license. Most school bus drivers are also holders of commercial driver’s licenses, and so they are also governed by laws pertaining to those licenses. For more information on the affect of a DUI or physical control arrest, see the legal guide, “Commercial Drivers and the Adverse Consequences of a DUI or Physical Control Arrest or Conviction."

This legal guide is not intended to teach anyone the law, nor is it a substitute for the advice of a lawyer in possession of full disclosure of the facts relevant to an individual’s particular situation. This legal guide does not create an attorney-client relationship between the writer and any reader.

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