DUI Conviction Not Enough to Get Bus Driver Banned from Job

DUI Conviction Not Enough to Get Bus Driver Banned from Job
Associated Press/NBC New York
Colleen Long
Sept. 29, 2017

The Associated Press covered how it was possible for a driver who was fired from a previous job for a DUI 18 months before was the driver who caused the deadly bus accident in New York City on Sept. 18.


Peter Pantuso, president of the American Bus Association, said companies are required by law to do a 10-year employment history check on drivers to see their performance history and also pull their motor vehicle records. New drivers also are required to pass a test.

He said companies he's spoken with wouldn't want to hire a driver with a recent drunken-driving conviction.

"As a company you want to make sure you have the best and safest people behind the wheel," he said.

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About the American Bus Association

The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.


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