School Bus Program

​School Pupil and Farm Labor Transportation Safety Program 
(aka, School Bus Program)


The School Bus Program is designed to ensure maximum safety when school pupils or farm workers are transported on California streets and highways. This is done through adherence to and enforcement of the current laws and regulations governing all aspects of the School Bus Program. Persons seeking to obtain a California Special Driver Certificate to operate any of the vehicles (listed below) within the School Bus Program, must meet program qualifications and undergo an intense testing process. To learn more, see the link below titled "How do I apply for a California Special Driver Certificate?"


Alert! New Legislation SB 1072 – Child Safety Alert System (on school buses).
Any inquiries relating to newly enacted legislation – Senate Bill 1072, regarding child safety alert systems (design, installation, vendors, purchase, etc.) should be directed to the CHP’s Commercial Vehicle Section at (916) 843-3400.  ​



School Pupil Transportation Advisory Committee (SPTAC) ​

​SPTAC Meeting Dates

 

SPTAC Meetings are held twice per year, one in the Spring and one in the Fall. 

The next meeting will be held on April 3, 2017, in Anaheim, in conjunction with the California Association of School Transportation Officials 49th Annual State Conference.

Please submit agenda items for SPTAC meetings, at least, 30 days prior to the meeting date.  Agenda items may be submitted for changes to Title 13, California Code of Regulations only, not for changes to the California Vehicle Code.  You may submit agenda items to jdouglas-bowie@chp.ca.gov or any of the SPTAC representatives listed in the Members/Representatives Contact Roster link below.

 

 

Vacancies / Announcements

Urban School Bus Contractors Representative - This position is still vacant and will be readvertised in the near future.

 

School Bus Driver of the Year Award – Information Bulletin dated November 2, 2016

The CHP is looking for nominees for the 2016 School Bus Driver of the Year Award. School districts, private schools, contractors, and other organizations that promote school pupil transportation safety are encouraged and invited to nominate candidates for this prestigious award. See the Information Bulletin link above for details regarding the nomination process.

​School Bus Driver of the Year Winners:

2014 Winners

Northern Region: Jennifer Shields, El Dorado Union School District, Placerville, CA
Southern Region: Gregory Perez, Monterey County Office of Education, Salinas, CA

2013 Winners

Northern Region: Pamela Black, Clovis Unified School District, Clovis, CA
Southern Region: Ricardo Ramos, Student  Transportation of America, Riverside, CA

2012 Winners

Northern Region: Damon Anglin, Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Bakersfield, CA
Southern Region: Roberta Miller, Tehachapi Unified School District, Tehachapi, CA

2011 Winners

Northern Region: Betty Artis, Coalinga-Huron Unified School District, Coalinga, CA
Southern Region: Steve Thayer, Atascadero Unified School District, Atascadero, CA

2010 Winners

Northern Region: Roseann Rios, Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Bakersfield, CA
Southern Region: Elaine C. Duenas, Paso Robles Unified School District, Paso Robles, CA

2009 Winners

Northern Region: Essa Hall, Greenfield Union School District, Bakersfield, CA
Southern Region: Doug Smith, Snow  Line Joint Unified School District, Phelan, CA

2008 Winners

Northern Region: Michelle Poletti, Stockton Unified School District, Stockton, CA
Southern Region: Richard Woods, Big Sur, Pacific Unified School District, Big Sur, CA

2007 Winners

Northern Region: Marian Sandoval, Yuba City Unified School District, Yuba City, CA
Southern Region: Rosemary Shaw, Fountain Valley School District, Fountain Valley, CA

2006 Winners

Northern Region: Glenn A. Courtney, Lakeport Unified School District, Lakeport, CA
Southern Region: Roslyn DaSilva, Monterey County Office of Education, Salinas, CA

2005 Winners

Northern Region: Gary Crnich, Freshwater School District, Eureka, CA
Southern Region: Janice E. Lynch, San Miguel Joint Unified School District, San Miguel, CA
and Shandon Joint Unified School District, Shandon, CA

​Resources and Other Information

 

How do I apply for a California Special Driver Certificate?

 

An individual desiring to obtain a California Special Driver Certificate to operate one of the vehicles listed below should contact the local California Highway Patrol (CHP) office nearest them to speak with the school bus officer or coordinator. 


There are six categories of certificates for which a person may apply:

 

    • School bus driver

    • Youth bus driver

    • School pupil activity bus driver

    • General public paratransit vehicle

    • Farm labor vehicle

    • Vehicle for Developmentally Disabled Persons 

Forms

CHP 295, Special Certificate Application


Instructions:

Portions of the CHP 295 may be completed prior to an interview with a CHP school bus officer or coordinator, or the form may be completed with the school bus officer or coordinator during the interview process.

Page 1:

​The applicant may complete the personal and driver license portions only. The rest of the sections are for CHP use only.

Page 2: 

​Must be reviewed with the CHP school bus officer or coordinator prior to the applicant signing the document, and must be signed in the presence of the CHP school bus officer or coordinator.

Page 3:

​The applicant may complete the Convictions and Residency History portions. This information must be explained and reviewed by the school bus officer or coordinator.

Page 4: 

​The applicant may complete the Work History portion. This page must be signed and dated in the presence of the CHP school bus officer or coordinator.

 

Updates:

First Aid Examination:  As part of the certification process, school bus and youth bus driver applicants must pass a first aid examination. Applicants may be administered a first aid examination and certified by the American Red Cross or any of the approved providers for school bus drivers listed on the Emergency Medical Services Authority’s (EMSA) website, or by the CHP. You may access EMSA’s web site at www.emsa.ca.gov/child_care. Then scroll down and click on School Bus Driver First Aid Training Programs.


The CHP revised its first aid examination in July 2015. The criteria for this examination are based on all chapters of the 2014 American Red Cross, First Aid/CPR/AED Participants Manual (Item #656756). The manual may be purchased at any American Red Cross online bookstore for a nominal fee, or other bookstores in your area.

 

 

School Bus Collision Stats - Fiscal Year 2012/2013https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_2012.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Fiscal Year 2012/2013School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - Fiscal Year 2011/2012 https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_2011.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Fiscal Year 2011/2012 School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - Fiscal Year 2010/2011 https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_2010.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Fiscal Year 2010/2011 School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - Fiscal Year 2009/2010 https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_2009.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Fiscal Year 2009/2010 School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - Fiscal Year 2008/2009 https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_2008.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Fiscal Year 2008/2009 School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - Fiscal Year 2007/2008 https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_2007.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Fiscal Year 2007/2008 School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - Fiscal Year 1987/1988https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_1987.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Fiscal Year 1987/1988School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - Fiscal Year 1986/1987 https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_1986.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Fiscal Year 1986/1987 School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - Fiscal Year 1985/1986 https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_1985.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Fiscal Year 1985/1986 School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 2006 https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_2006.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 2006 School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 2005 https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_2005.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 2005 School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 2004 https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_2004.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 2004 School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 2003 https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_2003.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 2003 School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 2002 https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_2002.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 2002 School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 2001 https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_2001.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 2001 School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 2000 https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_2000.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 2000 School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 1999 https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_1999.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 1999 School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 1998 https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_1998.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 1998 School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 1997 https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_1997.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 1997 School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 1995 https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_1995.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 1995 School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 1994 https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_1994.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 1994 School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 1993 https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_1993.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - Calendar Year 1993 School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - 1996 - (not available) https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_1996.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - 1996 - (not available) School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - 1992 - (not available) https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_1992.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - 1992 - (not available) School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - 1991 - (not available) https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_1991.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - 1991 - (not available) School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - 1990 - (not available) https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_1990.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - 1990 - (not available) School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - 1989 - (not available) https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_1989.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - 1989 - (not available) School Bus Stats
School Bus Collision Stats - 1988 - (not available) https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SB_stats_1988.pdfSchool Bus Collision Stats - 1988 - (not available) School Bus Stats
CHP 296A - How to Obtain or Renew a School Bus Contractor's License https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/chp296a.pdfCHP 296A - How to Obtain or Renew a School Bus Contractor's License School Bus Forms
CHP 296 - Application for School Bus Contractor's Licensehttps://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/chp296.pdfCHP 296 - Application for School Bus Contractor's LicenseSchool Bus Forms
CHP 295J - Applicant/Carrier Document Checklisthttps://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/Chp295J.pdfCHP 295J - Applicant/Carrier Document ChecklistSchool Bus Forms
CHP 295 - Special Certificate Applicationhttps://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/Chp295.pdfCHP 295 - Special Certificate ApplicationSchool Bus Forms
SPTAC Minutes Mar 2015https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SPTAC Minutes Mar 2015.pdfSPTAC Minutes Mar 2015SPTAC Minutes and Agendas
SPTAC Minutes 10.09.2015https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SPTAC Minutes Oct 2015.pdfSPTAC Minutes 10.09.2015SPTAC Minutes and Agendas
SPTAC Meeting Minutes Oct 2016https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SPTAC_Mtg_Minutes_Oct_14_2016.docxSPTAC Meeting Minutes Oct 2016SPTAC Minutes and Agendas
SPTAC Agenda Oct. 2015https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SPTAC Agenda Oct 2015.pdfSPTAC Agenda Oct. 2015SPTAC Minutes and Agendas
SPTAC Agenda Oct 2016https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/Agenda-Oct_14_2016.docxSPTAC Agenda Oct 2016SPTAC Minutes and Agendas
SPTAC Agenda Mar 2016https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/SPTAC Agenda Mar 2016.pdfSPTAC Agenda Mar 2016SPTAC Minutes and Agendas
Members Roster 2016 Public https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/Members_Roster_2016_Public.pdfMembers Roster 2016 Public SPTAC Minutes and Agendas
School Bus Driver of the Year Award 2016https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/061_2016_09013_School_Bus_Driver_of_the_Year_Award.pdfSchool Bus Driver of the Year Award 2016

 

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