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Ask HR Services: School Bus Driver Physicals

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Our policy states school bus drivers need a physical every year, but the Department of Transportation (DOT) only requires a physical every two years for bus drivers. Which is correct?

The United States Department of Transportation requires all interstate commercial truck and bus drivers to pass a US DOT medical examination every 24 months. However, this does not specify school bus drivers. In order to stay in compliance with the state agency rules in Title 37 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) § 14.12, each school bus driver must undergo and successfully complete an annual physical examination in accordance with the requirements of 49 CFR, §§ 391.41 and 391.43, which list those physical and mental conditions for which the medical examiner is directed to disqualify an applicant.

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Ashley Broughton
Ashley Broughton
HR and Compensation Consultant

Ashley Broughton joined HR Services in 2023 as an HR and compensation consultant. She has dedicated the last 10 years to supporting Texas public education and its various business operations.

Broughton earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in business administration from Prairie View A&M University.

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