Sandy Valley Transportation Services, Inc. (SVTS)


Job Description


Transit Driver



An Individual Must Meet The Following Basic Qualifications To Be Eligible To Apply For The Position Of A SVTS Transit Driver


An individual must:


1.      Be at least twenty-one-(21) years of age and have at least five-(5) years of driving experience


2.      Have a current Kentucky driver license


3.      Be knowledgeable of the Kentucky Driver Manual


4.      Not have more than two-(2) “at-fault” moving violations, or accidents within the last three-(3) years


5.      Have no prior conviction for a drug, or alcohol related offense in the last five-(5) years


6.      Have no conviction of any sexual crime, or crime of violence


7.   Have no conviction of any other felony within the last five-(5) years (a conviction does not  

       necessarily disqualify the applicant)


8.      Have no instance of a suspended, or revoked driver license, commercial or other, within the last five-(5) years, or a currently suspended, or revoked license  


9.      Have reliable and dependable personal transportation to and from work, excluding the SVTS-assigned vehicle


10.  Have a working telephone and active phone number 







If an offer of employment is made, an applicant must successfully complete each of the following qualifications and shall be responsible to pay SVTS for the identified items*


1.                  U.S. Department of Transportation Physical Examination & TB Skin Test ($125.00) *

2.                  Conviction Record ($25.00) *

3.                  Driving History ($3.00)

4.                  Pre-Employment Drug Test (SVTS)


Transit Driver Basic Training


A.         The Following Training Must Be Completed Before Driving And Each Year



1.                  Drug & Alcohol Testing Program Awareness

2.                  Defensive Driving

3.                  Passenger Assistance, Safety & Sensitivity

4.                  Wheelchair Lift & Securement Systems


B.          The Training Below Must Be Completed No Later Than Ninety-(90) Days After  A

           Transit Driver’s 1st Day Of Driving - The Certification Must Be Maintained At All

           Times Thereafter:


1.                  1st Aid Certification

2.         Basic CPR Certification 

3.         Bloodborne Pathogens


Essential Functions Of A Transit Driver


Definition: Essential functions are job duties that are critical, or fundamental to the performance of the job.  The term does not include functions that are performed on an occasional basis, performed by some but not all persons in the position, or that are of only marginal importance.


A Transit Driver shall:


1.                Read and comply with all SVTS’ policies and procedures, including but not  

            limited to SVTS’ Personnel Policies & Procedures and Transit Driver Handbook  


2.                  Be safe, competent and in their driving habits and be a defensive driver, always putting safety first


3.                  Be courteous, patient and helpful to all passengers and represent SVTS in a professional manner at all times. Provide and/or offer passenger assistance, as needed


4.                  Maintain regular attendance and be punctual


5.                  Complete and submit all required paperwork (trip sheets, logs, time sheets, etc.) in a correct and timely manner in accordance with SVTS’ policies

6.                  Be neat and clean in appearance, fully dressed and wear the SVTS-assigned attire and name tag at all times    


7.                  Be responsible for the cleanliness of the inside and outside of each SVTS assigned vehicle


8.                  Ensure all required safety and emergency equipment is on board each vehicle and is in proper, functioning condition


9.                  Attend and participate in all training sessions.


10.       Report vehicle safety and/or maintenance/service needs immediately.


11.       Monitor and report the efficiency and safety of all trips, or routes.


12.        Complete an incident and/or accident report immediately upon each occurrence.


13.        Any other required functions as assigned by SVTS



Transit Driver Standards of Conduct


A Transit Driver shall:


1.      Not use alcohol, narcotics, illegal drugs, drugs, or medications (whether prescription, or “over-the-counter”), that impair the ability to perform his/her safety-sensitive duties. A driver shall not abuse alcohol, or drugs at any time.  Drivers and all safety-sensitive employees shall abide and participate in SVTS’ Drug and Alcohol Testing Program.  Requirements include pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion, and post-accident drug and alcohol testing.


2.      Not use tobacco products, eat, or consume any beverage while in the vehicle, or while involved with recipient assistance entering, or exiting the vehicle, or while in the presence of any service recipient.


3.      Not wear any type of headphones at any time while performing services.


4.      Whenever safely possible, exit the vehicle to open and close vehicle doors for passengers boarding, or exiting the vehicle and provide passenger assistance as necessary to, or from the main door of the place of destination.


5.      If necessary, properly identify and announce his/her presence at the specified pick-up location.


6.      Assist the passengers in the process of being seated, including the fastening of the safety belt. Prior to allowing any vehicle to proceed, a driver shall ensure that all mobility devices and non-ambulatory passengers are properly secured and that all passengers are properly seated with their safety belts fastened.


7.      Provide personal assistance and oral directions for the passengers.  Assistance shall apply to the movement of wheelchairs and for persons with limited mobility as they enter or exit the vehicle. Such assistance shall also include the securement of mobility aids and folding wheelchairs by the driver.


8.      Not be responsible for passenger’s personal items. The passenger’s personal items shall be limited to only those which he/she can hold in their lap, or be safely secured in the vehicle.


10.  Always wear his/hers safety belt while driving.


11.  Ensure child safety restraints are used in all applicable situations.


Minimum Physical Requirements


Physical requirements include, but are not limited to:


Ø  Frequent sitting

Ø  Frequent walking

Ø  Frequent standing

Ø  Frequent getting on and off the vehicle

Ø  Lifting and carrying objects of moderate weight (40 lbs., or less)

Ø  Maneuvering wheelchairs ands wheelchair users while in their wheelchair

Ø  Lift up to and equal to forty-(40) pounds

Ø  Push and/or pull a weight equal to one’s own body weight

Ø  Stoop and get on one’s knees and bend at the waist and reach overhead

Ø  Work in all types of weather conditions


Environmental Requirements


Environmental requirements include exposure to the outside weather and inside a vehicle.


Sensory Requirements


Sensory requirements include color perception and discrimination; odor perception and discrimination; visual perception and discrimination; and, oral communications ability.


Beginning Wage Rate: 


$10.61 per hour

Fair Labor Standards Act Status:  Non-Exempt