Your Driving Record
We will train you how to drive a bus (and all our other service vehicles), but we still want to start with good drivers!
Our application review includes a look at an applicant’s driving record over the last ten years from all states in
which s/he has been licensed.
Here are seven things we consider when reviewing your Bus Driver application:
You must be at least 21 years of age before you start Bus Driver Training.
You must have a current Washington State Driver’s License when you start Training. If you are given a contingent offer from out of state, your Washington license must be obtained before you begin your first day.
You must be able to account for the last five years of driving experience legally operating a motor vehicle in the United States without restriction.
- Moving Violations
You cannot have more than two moving violations within the last five years.
You cannot have more than two accidents (“fault” or “not at fault”) within the last five years. This includes any work-related accidents on your abstract as well.
- Suspension or Revocation of License
An applicant should have no license suspension, revocation, cancellation, or disqualification based on a traffic or moving violation within the last 5 years.
- Reckless or Negligent Driving Convictions
If you have been convicted of any of the following items in the last 10 years, your application will not be considered:
- Reckless Driving
- Negligent Driving
- Hit and Run
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident
- Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
- Vehicular Assault or Homicide
- Felony Conviction
- Alcohol and Drug-Related Convictions
If you have any alcohol or drug-related convictions within the last 10 years (even if they are not in a motor vehicle), you will not be considered.
- Medical Requirements
After an offer of employment has been made, an applicant must pass a pre-employment Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam certified by a medical examiner in accordance with the Motor Carrier Safety Regulations parts 391.41-391.349. A DOT Physical exam includes but is not limited to:
- Blood pressure
- Urine sample
- Heart and lung check
- Vision exam (Reviewing distance, color and peripheral vision. Vision acuity required is 20/40 for each eye.)
- A full audiogram test (hearing test)
- Drug Testing Requirements
Before you can become a Bus Driver Trainee for Community Transit, you must:
- Take a drug test
- Receive a negative result
- Provide receipt of that result for our records.
- This is a requirement in accordance with regulations put forth by the Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration.
What If I Fail the Drug Test?
If you fail a pre-employment drug test, you will be disqualified for employment at Community Transit for 24 months.
If you receive a positive drug test result and want to be considered for a Bus Driver position after that 24 month period, you
Have a Substance Abuse Professional confirm evidence of the absence of drug dependency (The professional must be approved by Community Transit.)
Present negative, pre-employment drug test results.
Any assessments, tests, and subsequent treatment costs accrued after an applicant has been disqualified for employment are the sole responsibility of the applicant.Previous Experience
We welcome applicants who are coach operators from other agencies. However, please note that regardless of the length of service or experience, you must complete all pre-employment requirements, including our Bus
Driver training course.