Reports to: Contract Manager, or Lead Driver or Site Supervisor
School bus drivers provide a safe, reliable, clean and courteous school bus transportation to the public. School bus drivers must conduct pre-post trip bus safety inspections, adjust safety devices, operate radios, and operate a 27,000 gross vehicle weight rated school bus.
- Ability to read and comprehend the English language, to identify road signs, read necessary forms, bus route materials, bus inspection forms, and company policies and procedures manual.
- Possess basic math skills to keep records of mileage, transfer odometer reading, and calculate fuel usage. Must be able to count children on buses (1 through 77).
- Ability to write legibly in the English Language to maintain necessary records and forms as outlined by the company policy.
- Ability to safely execute repetitious climbing in and out of a bus including the ability to evacuate the bus from the rear emergency door.
- Ability to operate a wheelchair lift, properly strap and lock wheelchair in place which requires, bending, pulling, stretching, and mechanical skills to operate safety equipment.
- Able to safely operate a 16 to 77 passenger school bus and company sedan vehicles.
- Able to lift and move a student.
- Able to coordinate two or more physical operations simultaneously such as maneuvering a bus while operating controls, brake engagement, and operate a bus with automatic transmission.
- Communicate with children in the English language to maintain control and give precise instructions.
- Communicate with school principals and parents in the English language to discuss problems which arise on the bus.
- Able to use a two-way radio to transmit and receive messages from the central dispatcher.
- Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously such as drive while concentrating on safety of children, read road signs, and be aware of traffic conditions and stay on schedule.
- Must be able to jump out of a bus (3-foot drop) and climb from emergency door.
- Have the ability to walk forward and backward in the bus without assistance.
- You will be tested on emergency evacuation procedures.
- Must be able to tolerate hot and cold weather.
- Ability to work in an environment with limited to moderate level of supervision and an atmosphere of informal autonomy: This requires an adaptability to variable pressures and paces in any given workday.
- Able to perform multiple task simultaneously while concentrating on safety of children, as well as their physical, mental, or emotional needs.
- Be able to tolerate diesel fuel fumes, odors, and moderate dust conditions
Activity: Pre-and Post-trip inspection of the bus, loading and unloading of students.
Longest Single Duration: 10 Minutes.
Terrain: Gravel/blacktop/Concrete and/or bus aisle 22 steps to the back of the bus. Bus aisle is 12 wide.
Total Time: 3-7 hours.
Activity: While driving bus.
Longest Single Duration: 2 hours.
Type of Seat: 17 x 17 bus seat that offers vibrations. Seat set back 40 from the accelerator and break. Seat will adjust 12 before steering Colum.
Activity: Must lift wheelchair dependent children during emergency situations (50 lbs.).
Activity: Grasping wheelchair handles
Frequency: 6 to 8 times per day (more frequent on handicap buses)
Handle Height: 30 to 42 inches
Handle Distance: Body width plus area for walking
Securement of parking brake, wheelchair, lap belt etc.
Bending or stooping:
Activity: For pre-post trip inspection purposes. Employee must negotiate body level changes i.e. bending and stooping, to inspect bus, securement of wheelchair, lap belt and other safety restraints.
Activity: Climbing in and out of the bus.
Frequency: 6 to 8 times per day. More frequent if on handicap bus.
Note: Three 12 steps each approximately.
Activity: To turn on ignition 18" from steering wheel.
Operate left side control panel, emergency exits and service door. Operate lights - 18" forward reach. Operate radio - overhead reach to 45" from top of seat.
Activity: Must distinguish colors of electric traffic signals to determine red, yellow, and green.
Visual sight must be maintained with currently State and Federal requirements.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
Workday hours are 4 - 8 hours per day.
Required Education and Experience
- Must possess and be able to maintain from their state of residence at least a valid B Commercial Driver's License and must be able to obtain and possess their P&S endorsements.
- Must be 21 years of age or older at the time of hire.
- Must pass the physical examination for drivers as prescribed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations which is required to carried while operating any commercial vehicle dispatched by DS Bus Lines Inc. If an applicant has a current USDOT medical card as outlined by FMCSR the applicant is required to provide DS Bus Lines the full long-form documentation.
- Must pass a drug screen/ alcohol screen and submit to random, periodic, post-accident, and reasonable cause drug testing as required or requested. The pre-employment drug screen test will be conducted by a pre-authorized USDOT Federal lab contracted by DS Bus Lines, Inc. to meet all USDOT drug testing requirements.
- Must complete 36 to 40 hours of training including classroom and defensive driving tests.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or have proper Immigration and Naturalization Services work permits.
- Must meet minimum Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Federal, state and insurance carrier criteria up to and including:
- Any DWI, DUI, revocation and/ or suspension on your MVR within the last ten (10) years
- Any or a combination of three offenses listed, within the last two years, will prevent the hiring of a driver. Examples: 3 moving violations; 2 moving violations and 1 preventable accident; 1 moving violation and 2 preventable accidents
- Must be willing to submit, or have a felony criminal record check.
ALL Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver/Operators for DS BUS LINES, INC. while employed:
- Follow (obey) all DS Bus Employee Policies as outlined at time of hire and shown in the employee handbook. Follow (obey) additional rules, regulations, and company policies as presented to you in verbal meetings with company management officials, in updated written company policy handouts, posted documents on employee bulletin boards, and verbal information presented at Company Safety meetings (your presence recorded in attendance documents) given to you in addition to the employee handbook. Failure to meet any of the Employee Position requirements as shown above while employed by this Carrier will be cause for disciplinary action up to dismissal from the Company.
- Follow (obey) all State and US Federal laws and regulations while employed.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.