PennDot to give schools more detailed driving records

    Pennsylvania school districts will soon get access to more complete driving records before hiring new bus drivers.
    The new policy is in response to last month’s deadly accident involving a Montgomery County school bus driver, who had previously been involved in a fatal wreck.

    Pennsylvania school districts will soon get access to more complete driving records before hiring new bus drivers.

    The new policy is in response to last month’s deadly accident involving a Montgomery County school bus driver, who had previously been involved in a fatal wreck.

    The new policy will require PennDOT to make a person’s full driving history available for school districts and bus companies, before they are hired as bus drivers.

    Janet Dolan is the director of the Driver Licensing Bureau for PennDOT. She says employers will now be able to see how severe past accidents were.

    Dolan: We currently provide accident and crash data on all motor vehicle abstracts. What we will be doing is adding an addition field for information that will then tell whether it’s injury, personal property, property damage or fatal.
    The lack of this kind of previously recorded information led to the hiring of school bus driver Frederick Poust III, despite being involved in a reckless crash that killed a toddler in 1999.

    PennDOT plans to implement the policy by October.

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