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School bus driver shortage prompts NY state to take action

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(WBNG) -- Governor Kathy Hochul announced state actions to address a shortage of school bus drivers across New York State.

Governor Hochul directed agencies across the state to persuade CDL drivers to become school bus drivers. Hochul said CDL drivers will be surveyed and their information will then be shared with local school districts who are looking for additional school bus drivers.

The governor said the state will seek out unemployed drivers through the New York State Department of Labor and will work with partners in law enforcement, firefighters, military and other organizations that have trained drivers in order to find people who are interested in becoming a school bus driver.

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The Department of Motor Vehicles is speeding up the process for getting a CDL by getting rid of the 14-day waiting period between permit and road tests. The state will also assist county-level DMV's with increasing the capacity to administer written exams and road tests.

The state is partnering with SUNY schools, the Thruway Authority, New York Racing Association and the Office of General Services to increase CDL driving testing sites by using their larger lots.

Hochul said the is seeking alternative licensing entities and expanding partnerships with other state agencies to help train and recruit drivers among other long-term strategies.

The governor's office said it encourages school districts to come up with their own incentives to get people to become school bus drivers.

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