1. The driver of a school bus shall hold a driver's license issued by the department of transportation valid for the operation of the school bus and shall hold a school bus driver's permit issued by the department of education when transporting student or adult passengers to or from school activities. The department of education shall charge a fee for the issuance of a school bus driver's permit in the amount of five dollars, which shall be deposited in the general fund of the state. A person holding a temporary restricted license issued under chapter 321J shall be prohibited from operating a school bus. The department of education shall revoke or refuse to issue a permit to any person who, after notice and opportunity for hearing, is determined to have committed any of the acts proscribed under section 321.375, subsection 2. The department of education shall recommend, and the state board of education shall adopt under chapter 17A, rules and procedures for the revocation and issuance of permits to persons. Rules and procedures adopted shall include, but are not limited to, provisions for the revocation of, or refusal to issue, permits to persons who are determined to have committed any of the acts proscribed under section 321.375, subsection 2.
2. A person applying for employment or employed as a school bus driver shall successfully complete a department of education approved course of instruction for school bus drivers before or within the first six months of employment and at least every twenty-four months thereafter. If an employee fails to provide an employer with a certificate of completion of the required school bus driver's course, the driver's employer shall report the failure to the department of education and the employee's school bus driver's permit shall be revoked. The department of education shall send notice of the revocation of the employee's permit to both the employee and the employer. A person whose school bus driver's permit has been revoked under this section shall not be issued another school bus driver's permit until certification of the completion of an approved school bus driver's course is received by the department of education.
3. The department of education shall submit an annual budget request, separately from the department's annual operating budget request, in an amount not to exceed the amount collected by the department for the issuance of annual school bus driver permits. Funds requested shall be designated for purposes of establishing and conducting approved courses of instruction for school bus drivers and for school bus passenger safety programs. The department shall recommend rules for adoption by the state board of education relating to the assessment and collection of funds from the school bus driver fee and relating to distribution of funds for approved courses of instruction.
[C39, § 5032.05; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 321.376]
89 Acts, ch 222, § 1; 90 Acts, ch 1230, § 71; 91 Acts, ch 201, § 1; 92 Acts, ch 1163, § 76; 93 Acts, ch 127, § 9
Referred to in § 321.378, 321.380, 331.653
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