Response to the April 11 article, "Will there be enough school bus drivers?"
School bus drivers since 1991 have had to hold a CDL-Class B license in order to operate a school bus. This is not the same type of license required by truck drivers.
The law referred to in the article is still in the talking stages and, according to two sources, it could take at least one to two years before it becomes a law. This law is geared toward truck drivers and might inadvertently affect school bus drivers.
The shortage of drivers will come through attrition. Retirees will reduce the number of current available drivers and the inability to hire and retain qualified people who can complete and pass the testing needed to obtain all the necessary credentials to qualify for a CDL will be the other reason for a shortage.
- Carolyn Ready, secretary-treasurer, Lake Central Transportation Association, Dyer