PennDOT Issues Guidance on Physicals for School Bus Drivers

Last Updated: Jan 6, 2020

School_BusThe Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has issued clarifying guidance regarding the regulatory requirements for a person to be physically qualified to drive a school bus in Pennsylvania.

PennDOT published this guidance in the Jan. 4, 2020 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin and a letter addressed to health care providers.

Under PennDOT regulations, school bus drivers must pass a physical examination, administered by a physician or another health care provider as specified in the regulations, in order to be assessed as physically qualified to drive a school bus in Pennsylvania. The guidance issued by PennDOT seeks to clarify what ''the ability to perform normal tasks associated with driving a school bus'' means under the applicable regulations.

Read PennDOT’s letter to health care providers.

PennDOT advises that questions concerning this guidance or the physical standards for school bus drivers in general can be directed to the Department's School Bus Unit at (717) 787-6453. 

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