The primary goal of the Transportation Department at Coast Unified School District is to provide the safest, most efficient and professional transportation service for our students and staff, and our drivers strive to meet this goal.

Before a person can apply for a Special Driver Certificate (school bus license) to drive a school bus, he or she is fingerprinted and must submit to a thorough background investigation conducted by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The applicant may begin training before the background check is complete, however, he/she may not take any test administered by the CHP until after the interview and background check is complete and the applicant is cleared.

California’s school bus drivers receive more training than the majority of other bus drivers in the nation. Applicants for a Special Driver Certificate must successfully complete a minimum of 20 hours of classroom instruction (covering Federal Regulations, California Vehicle Codes, California Code of Regulations and California Education Codes). They must also successfully complete a minimum of 20 hours of behind-the-wheel training to become completely competent and proficient in driving a school bus, as well as daily pre-trip inspection procedures of the bus. Applicants may not transport students until all training is complete and the applicant has successfully completed written and behind-the-wheel tests administered by the California Highway Patrol. Each year certified school bus drivers must receive at least ten hours of any type of training that is directly related to pupil transportation safety, and in the renewal year (every five years) the driver must successfully complete at least ten hours of classroom instruction (in addition to any other training received during the year). Every five years, the driver must successfully complete written and behind-the-wheel tests administered by the CHP.

Coast Unified School District currently operates two school buses and four vans on daily routes. Our buses travel over 38,000 miles annually and transport an average of 226 students daily. Our vans provide curb-to-curb transportation service for special needs students and travel over 134,000 miles annually transporting an average of 11 students daily. In addition to the regular morning and afternoon routes, the district provides transportation services for various extra-curricular activity and sports trips.

The District currently employs six certified school bus drivers with a total of over 90 combined years of school bus driving experience and one fully certified school bus driver instructor with 20 years of experience as an instructor and 35 years of experience as a school bus driver.

I encourage you to browse the remainder of the Transportation page. There is some useful information pertaining to the bus rules, explanation of the school bus red-flashing light laws and student escorting laws, as well as a comparison chart covering the training requirements for school bus drivers in all 50 states in the U.S. You will also find the Transportation Safety Plan as well as bus stop information.

Should you have any questions regarding transportation, please contact me by telephone at (805) 924-2818 or by email at

Ruben Campos

Director of Maintenance, Operations & Transportation


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