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Required Bus Driver Training in Iowa

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Bus driver training is not the same as regular driver training. The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) requires potential bus drivers to pass a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) knowledge exam before they can even get a CDL learner’s permit. You can get a copy of the Model Commercial Driver License Manual from the Iowa DOT website, and pay particular attention to relevant portions of the guide. For example, if you expect to be driving a school bus, you need to know the rules and regulations pertaining to school busses.

The CDL learner’s permit is required for a driver to undergo a hands-on skills exam in preparation for getting your CDL. You may need to undergo training with accredited schools, but it is not actually a requirement. However, if you have no training with the commercial vehicle you intend to drive, you may not pass the skills exam. Once you pass the skills exam, you have to undergo a medical exam (which includes visual acuity) to determine your physical fitness to drive a commercial vehicle. You have to undergo this exam every time you renew your CDL.

Bus driver training is a specialized course and bus companies usually require some certification from a training school accredited with the local bus service association together with the CDL before hiring a driver. If you want to start a career as a commercial or school bus driver, it would be best to invest in the proper training.

There are many rules and regulations pertaining to commercial motor vehicles, but bus driver training is especially crucial because the lives of passengers are at stake. Passenger bus companies have the responsibility of ensuring the bus drivers they hire are competent. When bus accidents happen because the driver did not have the proper training to transport 16 or more passengers, the liability for any injuries or deaths are shared by the driver and the bus company. If you or someone close to you was adversely affected by the lack of training of a bus driver, consult with a bus accident lawyer regarding a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the driver and the bus company.

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