WWL-TV has been performing an on-going investigation into the problems with school bus safety in New Orleans. Part of their findings showed that even after three months into the school year, one out of every five school bus drivers did not have the proper permits. Yet the city and the schools are still dragging their feet. WWL-TV reports.
95 drivers failed to get a permit before the deadline in November, but now the city has reported that only 19 of those have gotten a permit since then and five were rejected for drug or criminal screens.
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The permits were required after an investigation by WWL-TV found extensive problems with the school bus system. The city required drivers to get a CDL, pass background checks, and get 44 hours of state-approved bus driver training in the wake of that report. However, the school bus operators delayed their testing and the city is afraid to pull buses off the roads for fear of children not getting to school.
Problems got worse when a major accident on the I-10 High Rise bridge sent 15 students to the hospital. The superintendent has sent a warning to 13 charter school organizations to get their buses to pass inspection.
For more details on the investigation, check out the full report at the link above.