What Happens to a Bus Driving Career If You Get a DUI?

If you have been charged with a DUI, your first question might be, “how will this arrest affect my life?” This is a natural reaction, as you are probably wondering if the DUI will affect your personal and professional life. The truth is that a DUI can affect your career in different ways depending on what your job is. If you have a job where you have to drive for a living, for example if you are a truck driver or a bus driver, getting a DUI can greatly impact your ability to work. If this is the case, learn more about DUI impact on bus drivers here.

Becoming a City Bus Driver

In order to become a city bus driver in the state of Connecticut, you must apply for a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). You must also get Class F, P, and S endorsements in order to hold this job.

Becoming a School Bus Driver

Getting a license to be a school bus driver in the state of Connecticut is a little more involved, since you will be in charge of keeping children safe. Much like becoming a city bus driver, you will have to get your CDL to be a school bus driver. In addition, you need class F, P, S, and V endorsements. In some cases, you will also need a Class A endorsement. Other requirements include:

  • Special training and certification for school bus operation.
  • Medical review.
  • Background check.
  • Drug tests.
  • Having and maintaining a clean driving record.

Bus Drivers and DUI

A DUI can affect your ability to work if you are a bus driver because it might result in the suspension of your license. If your license is suspended, you will not be able to operate any motor vehicle, including a bus. For school bus drivers, passing drug tests and maintaining a clean driving record are requirements for being able to work. Getting a DUI conviction will compromise your driving record and could cause you to fail drug tests. This means that while your license is suspended, you won’t be able to work. In addition, your employer could choose to let you go for compromising your driving record.

On Duty vs. Off Duty

Whether you get a DUI while you are working or while you are driving a personal vehicle, this charge can affect your career. If you are driving a personal motor vehicle, both your CDL and your regular driver’s license will be suspended. If you are arrested for a DUI while using your CDL, the consequences can be more severe. The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) for a CDL driver is lower than for a regular driver. This is because you are in charge of transporting precious cargo if you have a CDL. You can harm a lot of people if you get into an accident and cause more damage than a regular motor vehicle can. For this reason, the consequences are also more severe for getting a DUI with a CDL.

Getting a DUI if you are a bus driver in Connecticut can have serious consequences. Each situation is different, so to learn more about the specifics of your case, please contact my office.


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