Wisconsin DMV Implements New Waiver to Address Statewide Bus Driver Shortages | News


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is taking action to address a statewide shortage of bus drivers.

The DMV is implementing a waiver that eliminates a portion of the drive test that identifies “under the hood” engine components.

“This could be an area of ​​the test that people might stumble upon and they should reschedule that part of the test,” said Wisconsin DMV administrator Kristina Boardman. “So allowing this waiver removes that concern and just another hurdle in the process.”

Officials said all other parts of the written and road tests will remain the same. They said removing the “under the hood” component could encourage new bus drivers to get behind the wheel.

“Many students depend on the transportation provided by this school to get to and from school safely,” Boardman said. “So if there’s anything we can do to answer any questions about this licensing process so people can move forward, then that’s what DMV is here for.”

The waiver is in effect until March 31, 2022.

The DMV also sent a letter to former bus drivers this week encouraging them to reinstate and help school districts that are currently strained by the shortage.


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