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Searching for school bus drivers during shortage

The state recently sent letters to more than 375,000 Pennsylvanians with commercial driver's licenses asking if they'd be interested.

PENNSYLVANIA, USA — The school bus industry has been hit hard by COVID-19.

Pennsylvania's Education Secretary joined PennDOT leaders outside Harrisburg to encourage more people to become interested in driving school buses.

The state recently sent letters to more than 375,000 Pennsylvanians with commercial driver's licenses asking if they'd be interested in some additional income.

Some 1,300 of them have responded.

"We currently have a little over 42,000 school bus drivers, which is the lowest number of licensed CDL school bus drivers the commonwealth has had in the past five years. That is over 4% decrease since 2017 when there was over 44,000," said Kurt Myers, PennDOT Deputy Secretary.

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