Virginia bill would reduce training time for school bus drivers

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — A bill under consideration in the General Assembly would reduce the amount of time drivers need to train before operating a school bus in Virginia.

The Department of Education requires 24 hours of instruction in the classroom and 24 hours of behind-the-wheel testing for all new drivers.

A bill, proposed by Sen. Emmett Hanger (R) of Mount Solon, would adopt new standards:

— Drivers who already have a commercial driver's license (CDL) would be required to spend only 4 hours in the classroom and 3 behind-the-wheel
— Drivers who were previously trained and approved to operate a school bus would be required to spend 4 hours in the classroom and 3 behind-the-wheel
— Drivers without a CDL would be required to spend 6 hours in the classroom and 24 hours behind the wheel

School divisions are responsible for training new drivers. In Staunton, new drivers are required to spend 14 hours behind the wheel with a trainer without students and another 10 hours with students on board.

The bill passed unanimously, 39-0, in the Senate and is now being reviewed by the House Education Committee.

WHSV attempted to reach out to Sen. Hanger's office multiple times on Wednesday for his reasoning for proposing the new requirements but did not hear back.


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