Utah school districts face shortage of bus drivers ahead of New Years

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SALT LAKE CITY – A shortage of bus drivers is hitting Utah hard just in time for the new school year.

A transport trades publication recently estimated that nearly 80% of the country’s districts are in desperate need of drivers, and 81% said the pandemic has exacerbated the situation.

So, if you’re looking for a full-time, part-time, or replacement job, here’s a look at what it takes to be a school bus driver in Utah.

Utah Bus Driver Requirements

  • A commercial driver’s license or CDL. You don’t have to have one to apply, but know that it’s part of the process.
  • At least 21 years old
  • A valid driving license
  • No more than two tickets or accidents on file in the last 24 months
  • Zero DUI convictions in the past 10 years

“It adds a little more anxiety and stress to our office staff and mechanics as it leaves our normal jobs unfinished – so you’re doing double work, a lot of overtime,” said Jeremy Wardle, manager. transport to the Canyons. School district.

Wardle said it’s the mechanics and office staff who are trained as emergency bus drivers who take over.

They are short of nearly 30 drivers when in a typical year they would only need half a dozen, and there are many open positions along the Wasatch Front and all the way down to the county. from Washington.

Salaries range from $ 18 an hour to over $ 22 an hour in the Granite and Murray school districts.

Some of the recent positions have been filled, but districts are still hiring replacements, so even check recently closed applications to throw your hat in the ring.

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