This is skilled work in the operation of a paratransit vehicle for the transportation of persons with disabilities and/or the elderly throughout the city limits as assigned.
Work involves responsibility for driving a 15 passenger modified van, transporting passengers in a safe, courteous and professional manner and providing assistance to persons with mobility impairments to and from the vehicle. Work also involves responsibility for conducting daily vehicle inspections, performing basic record keeping duties, collecting fares from customers and providing information. Work is performed under general supervision once the daily routines and operating procedures are learned. Work is reviewed by a supervisor through conferences, reports and observation of work in progress.
Work requires sitting for long period of time in a confined vehicle and the ability to stoop, bend, push and pull in order to assist passengers with disabilities and those in wheelchairs to board and safely ride on paratransit vehicles. Work requires physical dexterity in the frequent use of hand-to-eye coordination and manipulative skills using fingers, limbs and body in the operation of on-board computers, accessibility equipment and vehicles. Work also requires walking, standing, climbing stairs and lifting light objects as required.
Work is performed outside in the operation of a lift equipped or 15 passenger modified van. Work exposes the employee to potential traffic hazards and to inclement weather when driving and while assisting passengers to and from assigned vehicle. Employee is occasionally subject to potential physical hazards from unruly passengers.
Essential and Marginal Functions of Work:
Operates a 15 passenger modified van transporting passengers in a safe, courteous and professional manner; adheres closely to time schedules; collects fares from customers and maintains ridership and pertinent records.
Provides assistance in accordance with training for disabled and/or elderly passengers to and/or from building or residence door to and/or from assigned vehicle; operates accessibility equipment (wheelchair lifts and securement devices) and secures mobility devices safely and appropriately and in accordance with departmental and regulatory procedures.
Relates kindly and professionally with passengers who have various physical and mental disabilities; manages time effectively in order to transport passengers to appointments as scheduled.
Operates on board computer and radio equipment for record keeping, location finding and communication with other drivers, supervisors and dispatchers as needed and according to departmental procedures.
Remains alert to traffic and driving conditions to ensure safety of the passengers and the vehicle; drives defensively and courteously.
Conducts pre-trip inspection of the vehicle at the beginning of the shift and post trip inspection of the vehicle at the close of the shift to ensure that the vehicle is operational and functioning properly; checks fluid levels and adds fuel, oil and water as needed.
Fills out logs and survey forms; prepares maintenance reports.
Keeps interior of bus clean and free of trash.
Replaces burned out light bulbs.
Performs minor maintenance duties.
Serves on committees to evaluate schedules, service and etc.
Drives for special events and community activities.
Performs related work as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of operating large passenger vehicles (raised roof, dual rear wheel, wide body) safely in heavy traffic and/or bad weather conditions.
Knowledge of safety principles and practices applicable to vehicle operations.
Knowledge of local and state traffic ordinances and laws and defensive driving techniques.
Some knowledge of basic maintenance and repair of large passenger vehicles.
Some knowledge of common troubleshooting techniques and proper care of assigned vehicle and on board equipment.
Ability to operate a large passenger vehicle in a safe and proper manner, to adhere closely to time and route schedules, to collect fares and maintain logs, and provide information to passengers.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to prepare reports and maintain records of operations.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, fellow employees, passengers and the general public.
Skill in the operation of large vehicles in heavy traffic, bad weather, in accordance with schedules provided, while transporting passengers in a safe and secure manner.
Minimum Education, Training and Experience:
Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and experience in driving large vehicles and transporting the public; or any combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates the above listed knowledge, skills and abilities.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Valid Class D Driver's License.
This position requires maintaining an excellent Motor Vehicle Record as set annually by the Liability Insurance Company.
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