THE YELLOW SCHOOL BUS
The Yellow School Bus is the safest, most economical and friendly method of transporting California's school children. According to the National Safety Council in 1996,Yellow School Buses were:
The U.S. Department of Transportation requires many additional safety features be built into school buses not found on any other public or private vehicle. School buses are inspected each day before going into service by the driver and once every 13 months by the California Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Division. These important inspections ensure the buses are safe and properly maintained. Also, mechanics are required to perform exhaustive safety inspections every 45 days or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first.
School bus drivers are required to receive a special license in order to drive a school bus. Once a license is obtained, drivers must accumulate a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education or in-service hours each year. Additionally, they must either pass a first aid test administered by the California Highway Patrol or maintain a valid first aid card. School bus drivers are also required to take a physical exam every two years until 65 years of age, at which time they must receive a physical every year. Prior to completing their Special Driving Certificate, drivers must pass an exhaustive background check by the California Highway Patrol. This includes verification by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).