CHARLOTTE, N.C. — We got a message from a viewer that said:
When I attended school, we used student bus drivers. Can they be utilized during the driver shortage?
Are there student bus drivers in North Carolina?
No, there are no student bus drivers in North Carolina.
WHAT WE FOUND:
In an email from CMS, they told WCNC that no district in the state has student bus drivers. The North Carolina Department of Transportation said student bus drivers used to be a thing but aren't anymore. This changed in the mid-1990s when the federal government required bus drivers to have a commercial driver's license.
In North Carolina, a person needs to be at least 18 years old and have six months of driving experience to get a CDL.
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction tells WCNC that a number of current superintendents recall there were student bus drivers back when they were in high school. However, many of these school buses started and ended routes at the driver's home.
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