Six hundred and thirty student transporters in the spring responded to survey questions asked to gauge such issues as how districts or bus companies provide skills training, both in the classroom and behind the bus, and how many hours of training are required.
More than 11,000 readers were polled, and 38 percent said they employ one to 25 drivers. Another 20 percent said they employ 26 to 50 drivers. The remaining respondents had anywhere from 51 to more than 150 drivers.
Of the responses, more than half said there was only one driver trainer available for groups of up to 25 or more employees. Additionally, the survey found that the average cost of training one driver is $2,000. Results were also published in the September edition of School Transportation News magazine.
Below are graphs depicting responses for the questions asked.
Some information contained in this article was reprinted from the September 2011 edition of School Transportation News. All rights reserved.