Driver's License Endorsements

(a) Requirements to Obtain a School Bus Endorsement.

Before a person may be licensed to assume the duty of transporting school pupils in either a Type I or Type II school bus, he or she shall comply with applicable provisions of 23 V.S.A. §1282, and shall:

(1) Successfully pass the following tests:

a. Vision test.

b. A written test based on the school bus manual and Section 10 of the Vermont Commercial Driver License Manual. The test consisting of thirty-one (31) questions, which are a combination of multiple choice, nine (9) fill in the blank, and two (2) essay questions. The passing score is 80% or better.

c. Road Test. The road test must be taken in either a Type I or Type II school bus. To pass the applicant must have less than 21 demerits. An accident, dangerous action, or serious violation would be cause for immediate rejection.

(2) No person applying for a school bus endorsement will be permitted such endorsement unless he or she is physically qualified.

A person is physically qualified to drive a school bus only if he or she:

A. Has no loss of a foot, a leg, a hand or an arm, or has been granted a waiver by the department following a determination that the loss/impairment will not interfere with his or her ability to control and safely drive a school bus. Such waiver will be subject to review upon renewal of the endorsement as described in section (b).

B. Has no impairment of the use of a foot, a leg, a hand, fingers, or an arm, and no other structural defect or limitation, which is likely to interfere with his or her ability to control and safely drive a school bus, or has been granted a waiver by the department following a determination that the impairment will not interfere with his or her ability to control and safely drive a school bus. Such waiver will be subject to review upon renewal of the endorsement as described in section (b).

C. Has no current clinical diagnosis of unstabilized diabetes mellitus. An applicant's physician must certify that the applicant has not had a hypoglycemic reaction for at least two years. Any diabetic who obtains a school bus driver endorsement must submit a statement from his or her physician every six months that the applicant has not had a hypoglycemic reaction during that period.

D. Has no current clinical diagnosis of myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, coronary insufficiency, thrombosis, or any other cardiovascular disease of a variety known to be accompanied by syncope, dyspnea, collapse, or congestive cardiac failure.

E. Has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of a respiratory dysfunction likely to interfere with his or her ability to control and drive a school bus safely.

F. Has no current clinical diagnosis of high blood pressure likely to interfere with his or her ability to operate a school bus safely. The federal regulations for blood pressure readings and medical recertification are as follows:

(a) An individual diagnosed with Stage 1 Hypertension (blood pressure reading is 140/90 – 159/99) may be certified for one year. At recertification, an individual with a blood pressure reading equal to or less than 140/90 may be certified for one year; however, if his or her blood pressure is greater than 140/90 but less than 160/100, a one-time certificate for 3 months can be issued.

(b) An individual diagnosed with Stage 2 Hypertension (blood pressure reading is 160/100 – 179/109) should be treated and a one-time certificate for 3-month certification can be issued. Once the driver has reduced his or her blood pressure to equal to or less than 140/90, he or she may be recertified annually thereafter.

(c) An individual diagnosed with Stage 3 Hypertension (blood pressure reading equal to or greater than 180/110) should not be certified until his or her blood pressure is reduced to 140/90 or less, and may be recertified every 6 months.

G. Has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition which is likely to cause loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to control a school bus, except where the established medical history shows no seizures or use of medication within the last five years preceding application.

H. Has no mental, nervous, organic or functional disease or psychiatric disorder likely to interfere with his or her ability to drive a school bus safely.

I. Meets the same vision standards as required for obtaining a Vermont Learner's Permit, Junior Driver's License and Driver's License.

J. Is not totally deaf but can perceive and understand, with or without a hearing aid, a conversation conducted in a normal tone of voice at a distance not to exceed five feet. However, a person unable to qualify as above can be granted an endorsement subject to the following restrictions:

(a) Left and right hand outside rear view mirrors which give an unobstructed view to the rear on any school bus he or she may operate.

(b) An inside rear view mirror which gives the seated driver clear vision of the interior of the bus.

(c) Must have at least one individual capable of hearing with or without a hearing device in the bus at all times when said bus is transporting school age pupils.

K. Does not use an amphetamine, narcotic, or any habit-forming drug, and

L. Has no current clinical diagnosis of alcoholism.

M. Is not using any medication, the side affects of which would affect the safe operation of a school bus.

The waivers permitted under letters A and B of this section will be determined during the road test. Acceptance or denial on the basis of high blood pressure will be determined by the School Bus Driver Medical Evaluation Form submitted by applicant's own doctor and progress reports at intervals of 6 months can be required. The possible exception under letter G, epilepsy, will be determined on the basis of a School Bus Driver Medical Evaluation Form submitted by the applicant's own doctor. Determination under letter M above will be based on a recommendation by the person's own doctor or a School Bus Driver Medical Evaluation Form. Said forms as referenced in this paragraph are required by statute at T. 23 V. S. A. § 1282.

(3) In the case of first time endorsement only, if the applicant's Driver's License expires within one year, the endorsement shall expire coincidentally with the license's second expiration.

(b) School Bus Examination to Retain Endorsement.

A person who holds a license with a school bus endorsement is required to take an examination every four years.

(1) The examination consists of:

a. Vision test.

b. A written test based on the school bus manual and Section 10 of the Vermont Commercial Driver License Manual. The test consisting of thirty-one (31) questions, which are a combination of multiple choice, nine (9) fill in the blank, and two (2) essay questions. The passing score is 80% or better.

c. Road test required if the applicant has any physical disabilities, or at the discretion of the Examiner. The road test must be taken in either a Type I or Type II school bus. To pass, the applicant must have less than twenty-one (21) demerits. An accident, dangerous action, or serious violation would be cause for immediate rejection.

(2) No person applying to retain his school bus endorsement under this section will be permitted to do so unless he or she is physically qualified pursuant to the standards set forth under section (a)(2) of this rule.

(3) If an applicant's license with a school bus endorsement has been expired for six (6) months or more, it is required that the complete examination, as described in section (a) be administered. It is strongly recommended that an annual physical report be required by and filed with the school district.

(4) When a school bus endorsement is being renewed, the endorsement shall expire coincidentally with the Driver's License. A school bus clinic shall be required for renewal of an endorsement. Applicants must obtain a four-year operator's license upon renewal.

(c) Motorcycles.

(1) Every Vermont licensed operator who operates a motorcycle on the highway must hold a valid license with the proper motorcycle endorsement or a motorcycle learner permit.

(2) All applicants for a motorcycle endorsement must have in their possession a valid Vermont Driver's License. However, the Commissioner may issue a restricted license to a physically handicapped person for the operation of a 3-Wheeled Motorcyle. The applicant must pass the eye examination if required before the written examination can be given. All applicants must satisfactorily pass the written portion of the examination before the skill test is given.

(3) If an applicant applying for a motorcycle endorsement is wearing corrective lenses and his or her license is not so restricted, the eye examination shall be given. The applicant will be tested first without corrective lenses and if he or she passes, no restriction will be required.

Definitions. The following definitions shall apply to this administrative rule.

"Dangerous action" shall include, but not be limited to: an accident prevented only by evasive action on the part of another driver or pedestrian; a situation where the examiner has to aid in controlling the vehicle either physically or verbally; or the applicant drives or backs one or more wheels over the curb or onto the sidewalk.

"Serious violation" shall include, but not be limited to: any act for which a driver could be cited, ticketed, or arrested, such as a stop sign violation, traffic ticket violation, or exceeding the speed limit.

HISTORY

Amended November 15, 1994, S.O.S. Rule Log #94-49; December 1, 1993, S.O.S. Rule Log #93-78; July 3, 2007, Secretary of State Rule Log #07-018.

CROSS REFERENCES

Code of Vermont Rules, rule 14 050 018

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