LAWMAKERS DISCUSS CHALLENGES CAUSING BUS DRIVER SHORTAGE ACROSS MARYLAND

 

 

Article courtesy of Maryland Matters

 

Faced with a nationwide shortage of school bus drivers, some Maryland county executives and school district leaders are pumping more money to increase drivers’ wages, whose average starting salary is $19.45 an hour, according to the Maryland State Department of Education. 

That average starting salary is considerably less than any other commercial driver license holder — including those who operate dump trucks or deliver for Amazon or DoorDash — said Erin Appel, who represents Maryland School Bus Contractor Association. She testified about the shortage of school bus drivers before state lawmakers in a virtual briefing on Wednesday.

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Annual Type A Inspections

Published Jul 17, 2019

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) has been sending Email notifications for the annual Type A inspection. These emails are generated for owners as a reminder to have their buses inspected to meet the requirements in COMAR 11.19.04.03 A. we have communicated this to the school bus community at multiple conferences and meeting throughout the past school year since implementation in the fall of 2018.  
Our interpretation of this requirement is and has been you have the whole month to complete the Type A inspection. 

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Letter from MSBCA President Edwards regarding new NTSB recommendations

Published Jul 24, 2018

To all Members of the Maryland School Bus Contractors Association:

 

As you are no doubt aware, a tragic crash involving a contractor-owned school bus and a MTA bus occurred in Baltimore on November 1, 2017. The crash was initiated when the school bus driver, an epileptic, lost control of the school bus after suffering a seizure.

 

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