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Maryland county eyes ID cards for bus drivers

by Admin 13. August 2012 15:43

An official with a Maryland county's public schools said the system is considering implementing an identification system for bus drivers, which could be some sort of identification card, according to a published report.

Bus drivers in Carroll County at this time are not mandated to wear any identification cards or badges while performing their jobs, The Eldersburg Patch reports.

The system is contractor-based and at least 60 different bus contractors are in use, director Michael J. Hardesty with the Carroll County Public Schools Transportation Office told the news source.

Those drivers are employees of those particular contractors but the school system does train and certify them, according to Hardesty.

"The challenge for us is to create identification cards for the over 450 certified school bus drivers and bus assistants and then keep up with the many changes that occur throughout a normal school year, such as resignations, change of employment, new hires, etc.," Hardesty told the news source. "That being said, we do intend to work towards providing some type of I.D. for all drivers and assistants."

He said many systems that are publicly owned supply the drivers with an identification card of sorts.

Bus drivers and assistants in Howard County, located south of Carroll County, are given identification badges, according to director David Ramsay with the Howard County Public Schools Transportation Office.

"We issue yellow badges for each bus that states: Howard County Public School System School Bus Personnel," Ramsay told the news source, noting they are expected to bring their badges along when they enter school buildings so that staff is able to recognize that they are associated with the school system.

Carroll County will be busing students to elementary, middle and high schools, according to the county website, which announced the routes on Monday.

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