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06/08/2011 08:57 AM ID: 89639 Permalink   

Senate Approves Background Check for Bus Drivers


The Senate passed a bill which requires background checks for the criminal records of bus drivers on Thursday, shortly after another tour bus accident claimed the lives of four passengers.

"Bus drivers literally hold their passengers´ lives and safety in their hands. Those passengers should be able to trust that the driver is qualified to handle that responsibility," Senate bill sponsor Charles Fuschillo said.

New bus drivers will now have to hand in their criminal records including fingerprints before starting their job. All other drivers will be checked when renewing their commercial licences.

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this is the ny senate, not federal.
  by: Ben_Reilly     06/08/2011 09:39 AM     

This has taken +50 years (not really sure how long bus driving has been around) to implement? Hell I work at a factory in IT and I would not have been able to get the job if I had any sort of violent act linked to my name. And that senate is just now voting for this?

Sigh.. I hope other states have this already in place. if my state doesn´t... *googles*
  by: nimira     06/08/2011 12:28 PM     
  Wait a sec...  
They are doing background checks for bus drivers now?!! What´s next--carding suspected minors for tobacco and alcohol?

This country is going to Hell in a hand basket! /sarcasm
  by: Garbasche   06/09/2011 02:17 AM     
  what is needed  
is back ground checks on politations!
  by: shannon853   06/09/2011 04:21 AM     
So what exactly does a criminal background have to do with getting into an accident?

@shannon853: And drug tests.
  by: elderban99     06/09/2011 11:23 PM     
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