Bus drivers in Peru must go to driving school before getting a license

(LIP-ir) — In an effort to decrease the number of highway accidents that take place in Peru involving buses that take passengers from one part of the country to another, the Andean country’s ministry of transportation has established that bus drivers must go to driving school.

It was reported that last year alone, 800 people were killed and 4,500 were injured in bus accidents in the country.

According to the Ministry of Transportation, 80 percent of the accidents were caused by irresponsible bus drivers.

New regulations establish that all drivers wishing to obtain an A-II or A-III commercial drivers license must first attend driving school.

The new schools, which are to be opened shortly, are an important step in passenger safety, said Veronica Zavala, Peru’s Minister of Transportation.

Those wishing to have an A-II license, a commercial license that allows them to drive in urban areas, must complete a 220-hour course over a 3-month period.

Drivers that want an A-III license, a commercial license that allows them to take passengers to other regions in Peru, must take a 470-hour course over a 6-month period.

Courses will last a minimum of 2 hours a day and a maximum of 8 hours per day. Once the course is complete, applicants must score at least 80% on a final exam.