Information from DPS - May 2019

May 2019

With more and more school districts purchasing smaller buses, I wanted to send the following information to address the requirements:

  • The only bus to be used to transport students home-to-school/school-to-home is the yellow school bus.
  • The white activity bus (or any other color that is not yellow) is NOT allowed to be used for home to school/school to home even if the bus is equipped with loading lights and a stop arm.

CDL for all type buses regardless of the color - School Bus, Multi-Function School Activity Bus (MFSAB), School Activity Bus

               24 passengers including the driver or more – Class B CDL with proper endorsements.

                              P endorsement is required for all buses.

                              S endorsement is required for operating a school bus. To obtain the S endorsement, driver                                 must test in the yellow school bus.

                              S endorsement is not required for an MFSAB or activity bus.

 

               16 – 23 passengers including the driver – Class C CDL with proper endorsements.

                              P endorsement is required for all buses.

                              S endorsement is required for operating a school bus. To obtain the S endorsement, driver                                must test in the yellow school bus.

                              S endorsement is not required for an MFSAB or activity bus.

 

               15 passengers including the driver or less – no CDL or endorsements required (endorsements only                    go on a CDL)

 

20-Hour and 8-Hour Certification and Recertification Courses

               Applicable to all school bus drivers driving a school bus, MFSAB, and school activity bus,                                   even if a CDL is not required.

               A student taking the course who does not have a CDL cannot drive the bus on a public roadway.

 

Medical Card (annual physical)

               Applicable to all school bus drivers driving a school bus, MFSAB, and school activity bus ,                                   even if a CDL is not required.

 

Bus Driver Penalty Points Tables

               Applicable to all drivers transporting students, regardless of the vehicle.

               This also includes a coach/teacher/driver who might be transporting students in the school district                    suburban, for example, or any other passenger vehicle.

 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thanks,

 

Christie Hebert

Texas Department of Public Safety

Texas Highway Patrol Division

School Bus Transportation Program

(512) 424-7396

 

DPS