The Fund’s contact at the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has seen an uptick in questions about driving record points for school bus drivers. The DPS shared this brief clarification to help schools comply with their responsibilities under the law.
The DRP was abolished
The Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) authorized the DPS to assess surcharges to an individual based on certain traffic offenses that occurred on or after September 1, 2003. The DRP point system was abolished on September 1, 2019, and all outstanding surcharges a driver had at that time were waived. Any license that was suspended for non-payment of surcharges became immediately eligible for reinstatement.
Save the date: On November 18, 2021, the Fund will collaborate with Jill Metcalf, who serves as director of the transportation and global logistics technology center at Lone Star Corporate College, to deliver a webinar on transportation compliance for schools. Save the date and watch for more information coming soon.
The school bus driver point system remains in effect
Schools are still required to comply with the state’s school bus driver penalty point system, which is separate from the DRP. Under Texas Transportation Code 521.022(d), a person may not operate a school bus for the transportation of students unless the person’s driving record is acceptable according to minimum standards adopted by the DPS.
The minimum standards are explained in Texas Administrative Code 14.14, which is the point system that applies to a school bus driver operating any motor vehicle while in use as a school bus for the transportation of students.
Need more information?
Fund members who have questions about point systems or other driver regulations can contact their TASB risk solutions consultant for guidance.