DENVER – The state’s largest school district is looking for more drivers as it shrinks its current fleet of buses.
Citing irregular passenger participation and lower fuel costs, Denver Public Schools announced Friday that it plans to phase out standard-size school buses on some routes in favor of smaller vehicles.
The smaller buses can each hold up to 14 passengers and will be added to the district’s fleet, which transports more than 20,000 passengers every school year.
DPS is now actively looking for people to drive the new buses, and since they are smaller than traditional buses, applicants will not have to have a commercial driver’s license.
Not requiring a CDL opens up the pool of potential applicants, but drivers will still have to pass a background check and a driver training class. Applicants will also have to maintain a valid Colorado Driver’s license and meet DPS insurability standards, the district said.