2014 Tennessee Code
Title 49 - Education
Chapter 6 - Elementary and Secondary Education
Part 21 - Transportation
§ 49-6-2107 - Certification of drivers and equipment.
(a) No person shall be authorized to drive a school bus in this state unless the person possesses a certificate issued by the county board of education.
(b) The county board of education is authorized to adopt rules and regulations prescribing the qualifications of school bus drivers in the interest of the safety and health of school pupils.
(c) No person shall be issued a certificate until an investigation has been made to determine whether or not the person has been found guilty of any criminal offense and until the criminal records are made a part of the person's permanent file.
(d) In the event it should develop that school bus drivers and school bus equipment cannot be obtained in conformity with all the provisions of this part, the state board of education shall be authorized to issue temporary certificates to school bus drivers and to permit the use of equipment on a temporary basis that does not meet the requirements of this part, to the end that school transportation may be provided to all the children of this state at all times and through any emergency that might develop.
(e) (1) Notwithstanding any other law or rules and regulations adopted pursuant to subsection (b) to the contrary, no person shall be issued a certificate to drive a school bus in this state who, within five (5) years of the person's request for a certificate, has been convicted in this state, or in any other jurisdiction pursuant to a law prohibiting the same conduct, of a violation of any of the following:
(A) Driving under the influence of an intoxicant as prohibited by § 55-10-401;
(B) Vehicular assault as prohibited by § 39-13-106;
(C) Vehicular homicide as prohibited by § 39-13-213(a)(2);
(D) Aggravated vehicular homicide as prohibited by § 39-13-218;
(E) Manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of a controlled substance as prohibited by § 39-17-417; or
(F) Manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of a controlled substance analogue as prohibited by § 39-17-454.
(2) If the request for a certificate to drive a school bus in this state occurs five (5) years or more after the date of any such conviction, the board of education, in its discretion, may issue the person a certificate.
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