posted on Jun, 18 2013 @ 08:50 PM
reply to post by j.r.c.b.
The problem with companies like this is that even though busing is typically paid for by local government (or even federal grants for special needs),
busing contracts tend to be a low-bid process. So what you end up with is a race to the bottom of the barrel as these companies do everything to cut
operating costs. Not just problem drivers, but vehicles being poorly maintained, mechanics not even ASE certified, other supporting equipment and
materials skipped out on or skimped upon. If the place isn't union, don't be surprised if it's minimum wage (or very close to it) too. Considering
the pay and hours, it's only enough to float on if dependent on family or section 8, or perhaps just enough to help pad a retirement.
How do I know that? I happen to be a driver in student transportation. I drive vans, but the company also operates a few buses too. (Wont name the
particular business I'm at though because I'm still working there. Not to mention there's about 100 people are dependent on them despite being
somewhat shady in the way they do some things.) Unless you're out in the middle of nowhere, you're probably seeing the best quality drivers the
company will have in a while because the economy is in the crapper right now. I know if things picked up where I'm at and could do what I went to
college for, I'd be out of where I'm working in a heartbeat.
I don't blame you for wanting to drive your kids. But don't completely blame the drivers, they're at the bottom of the food chain in terms of
conflicting priorities and lack of oversight that causes things like this.