School Bus Fleet

October 2014

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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20 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 4 A s part of the prerequisite to employment, districts and companies may require driv- ers to pass an agility test, also known as a dexterity test. But where and how that requirement becomes part of the hiring process varies across the U.S. Here, we take a look at the dif- ferent ways agility tests are used. We also check in with states currently us- ing a mandated, formalized test and report on additional developments in agility test considerations. A step beyond physicals As part of the hiring process, driver applicants submit to a physical exam. person performing the physical, and the applicant/driver may or may not be asked to formally demonstrate specifc job-related abilities. On the other hand, when specifc job-related physical requirements are literally put to the test, you have a for- mal, separate agility/dexterity test. In addition to the medical physical, this is an authorized test that's commonly administered by a district profession- al in a real-world setting (including on board a bus). It measures if the new ap- plicant or current driver can safely op- erate certain controls on the bus with- in certain time limits, and it measures if the person has the capacity to The exam can include a medical pro- fessional's assessment of the appli- cant's cardiovascular, diabetic, hearing and vision health. It may also screen for past and present physical and mental conditions (seizures, injuries, etc.) and for current or past drug use. The exam and the associated form, which varies by state, may also re- quire the medical professional to at- test to the person's ability to perform specifc tasks that are part of the driv- er's job. In other words, they may be asked to consider whether the appli- cant/driver could safely and success- fully perform job-related tasks. How- ever, results can vary by location or Where and how agility testing requirements become part of the hiring process varies across the U.S. Here, we take a look at different ways agility tests are used, check in with states using a man- dated, formalized test, and report on additional developments in agility test considerations. BY LISA J. HUDSON DRIVER AGILITY TESTING: Variations and Applications Nationwide Moving from the driver's seat to the rear exit is one job-related task that may be timed in an agility test. Drivers and a bus monitor are shown here performing a New York state physical performance test. Photo by Scott Thorner

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