BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — The bus driver shortage in Central Florida is only getting worse.
>>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<
Some in Brevard County are calling it a crisis, with nearly 100 vacancies. Bus drivers said the issue isn’t getting any better.
The issue has plagued the industry since the pandemic. Drivers are resigning or retiring, and school districts aren’t getting enough applicants to fill the openings, which are offering some of the lowest pay in Central Florida.
The shortage has gotten so bad that some drivers say they’ve even seen principals get on the buses to accompany drivers and keep an eye on students.
READ: Woman hit by forklift in Daytona Beach Shores
In Brevard County, there are currently 95 bus driver vacancies. With a starting hourly pay of $15, the school district is having trouble getting applicants, despite the benefits and incentives such as the district paying for CDL training..
The problem extends further than Brevard County, but salaries are higher.
READ: Winter Garden to buy 16 acres for land trade with OCPS
In Orange County, the district is looking to hire about 100 drivers as well, with hourly pay starting at $16.65 an hour.
In Osceola County, the district wants to hire 35 drivers starting at $16.50.
READ: Axiom Space announces Ax-2 Crew, second all-private mission to space station
Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.
©2023 Cox Media Group