CT senators call for probe into licensing procedures for school bus drivers

Two state senators are calling for an independent investigation into the licensing procedures for school bus drivers.

Senators Don DeFronzo (D-6th District) and Thomas Gaffey (D-13th District) released two memos Tuesday from the Department of Motor Vehicles. The memos outline a policy of not granting temporary licenses to drivers before background checks are complete, and then rescinding that policy six months later. The senators say these memos were intentionally withheld from a supposed "comprehensive" report given to the governor and the Legislature last month.

The call for an investigation stems from the fallout of an accident last fall in West Hartford where a pedestrian was hit and killed by a school bus. Police later said the driver had cocaine in his system and had a criminal past that should have disqualified him from getting a license.

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