WASHINGTON (April 11, 2017) — Deficiencies in the oversight of school bus driver qualifications prompted a call by the National Transportation Safety Board for immediate improvements in the form of three safety recommendations issued Tuesday.
The final positions of the transit bus and school bus. The school bus first struck a passenger vehicle before crossing the center lane and colliding with the transit bus. (Photo courtesy of: Maryland Transportation Authority Police)
The NTSB issued an urgent safety recommendation to Baltimore City Public Schools requesting that the Maryland State Department of Education have an independent and neutral third party conduct a performance audit of the Baltimore City Public Schools’ transportation department. The urgent recommendation was accompanied by a second safety recommendation seeking corrective action to improve internal controls to ensure that all school bus drivers meet qualification standards and do not pose any safety risks.
The third recommendation, issued to the Maryland State Department of Education, seeks modification of the Code of Maryland Regulations to require that notice be made to the department of all drivers found not qualified during pre-employment screening and to clarify certain terms used in the code.
The recommendations are part of the NTSB’s ongoing investigation into the Nov. 1, 2016, collision between a school bus and a transit bus in Baltimore. The full safety recommendation report, including information on the accident sequence, is available online at https://go.usa.gov/xX78r.