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Transporting Passengers Questions

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All riders must stand behind:
  • The first row of seats
  • The tallest passenger
  • The standee line
  • The driver
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From The CDL Manual

Standee Line —

No rider may stand forward of the rear of the driver’s seat. Buses designed to allow standing must have a 2-inch line on the floor or some other means of showing riders where they cannot stand. This is called the standee line. All standing riders must stay behind it.

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When arriving at a destination, the bus driver should announce:
  • The weather
  • The next departure time
  • How long the trip took
  • That everyone should depart
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From The CDL Manual

When arriving at the destination or intermediate stops, announce:

  • The location,
  • Reason for stopping,
  • Next departure time, and
  • Bus number.
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Charter bus riders should not be allowed on the bus until:
  • The bus is running
  • They are all ready
  • Departure time
  • 9 a.m.
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From The CDL Manual

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To avoid problems later in the trip, the specific rules of the bus should be explained:
  • At the end of the trip
  • As quickly as possible
  • While you are driving
  • Before departure
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From The CDL Manual

Passenger Supervision —

Many charter and intercity carriers have passenger comfort and safety rules. Mention rules about smoking, drinking or use of cell phones and other electronic devices at the start of the trip. Explaining the rules at the start will help to avoid trouble later on.

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At stops, bus drivers should:
  • Start and stop as smoothly as possible
  • Wait for riders to sit down or brace themselves
  • Caution riders to watch their step when leaving the bus.
  • Drivers should do all of things at stops
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From The CDL Manual

At Stops —

Riders can stumble when getting on or off and when the bus starts or stops. Caution riders to watch their step when leaving the bus. Wait for them to sit down or brace themselves before starting. Starting and stopping should be as smooth as possible to avoid rider injury.

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In the case of a drunk or disruptive rider, the driver should try to:
  • Throw them off the bus immediately
  • Discharge the rider at the next scheduled stop or well-lighted area
  • Subdue them and tie them up
  • Call the police
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From The CDL Manual

Occasionally, you may have a drunk or disruptive rider. You must ensure this rider’s safety as well as that of others. Do not discharge such riders where it would be unsafe for them. It may be safer at the next scheduled stop or a welllighted area where there are other people. Many carriers have guidelines for handling disruptive riders.

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Bus accidents often happen:
  • At intersections
  • Because of bad bus drivers
  • At night
  • In the rain
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From The CDL Manual

Common Accidents —

Bus accidents often happen at intersections. Use caution, even if a signal or stop sign controls other traffic. School and mass transit buses sometimes scrape off mirrors or hit passing vehicles when pulling out from a bus stop. Remember the clearance your bus needs, and watch for poles and tree limbs at stops. Know the size of the gap your bus needs to accelerate and merge with traffic. Wait for the gap to open before leaving the stop. Never assume other drivers will brake to give you room when you signal or start to pull out.

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To avoid common accidents, drivers should:
  • Never assume that other drivers will brake for you
  • Remember the clearance your bus needs
  • Watch for tree limbs
  • These are all things that drivers should keep in mind
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From The CDL Manual

Common Accidents —

Bus accidents often happen at intersections. Use caution, even if a signal or stop sign controls other traffic. School and mass transit buses sometimes scrape off mirrors or hit passing vehicles when pulling out from a bus stop. Remember the clearance your bus needs, and watch for poles and tree limbs at stops. Know the size of the gap your bus needs to accelerate and merge with traffic. Wait for the gap to open before leaving the stop. Never assume other drivers will brake to give you room when you signal or start to pull out.

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A sign that you are driving too fast around a curve is:
  • Other drivers wave frantically at you
  • You are passing other vehicles
  • Your bus leans toward the outside
  • Other drivers flash their headlights
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From The CDL Manual

Speed on Curves —

Accidents on curves that kill people and destroy buses result from excessive speed, often when rain or snow has made the road slippery. Every banked curve has a safe “design speed.” In good weather, the posted speed is safe for cars, but it may be too high for many buses. With good traction, the bus may roll over; with poor traction, it might slide off the curve. Reduce speed for curves. If your bus leans toward the outside on a banked curve, you are driving too fast.

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A good general rule for drivers to follow on curves is:
  • Keep the same speed as the traffic flow
  • Reduce speed for curves
  • The posted speed limit is perfectly acceptable for buses
  • Try not to have too much traction
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From The CDL Manual

Speed on Curves —

Accidents on curves that kill people and destroy buses result from excessive speed, often when rain or snow has made the road slippery. Every banked curve has a safe “design speed.” In good weather, the posted speed is safe for cars, but it may be too high for many buses. With good traction, the bus may roll over; with poor traction, it might slide off the curve. Reduce speed for curves. If your bus leans toward the outside on a banked curve, you are driving too fast.

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Before advancing through a railroad crossing, bus drivers must do all of the following except:
  • Get out and look down the tracks in both directions
  • Look both ways after a train has passed
  • Lower the window, and/or open the door
  • Stop between 15 and 50 feet before the crossing
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From The CDL Manual

Railroad Crossings —

Bus drivers are required to stop between 15 and 50 feet before railroad crossings. Listen and look in both directions for trains. You must lower the window and/or open the forward door to improve your ability to see or hear an approaching train. Then close the door prior to moving. Before crossing after a train has passed, make sure there is not another train coming in the other direction on other tracks. If your bus has a manual transmission, never change gears while crossing the tracks.

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If a flagman or policeman is directing traffic, you should:
  • Find out what they are doing
  • Slow down and check for other vehicles
  • Turn the bus around
  • Stop and wait for them to leave
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From The CDL Manual

You do not have to stop, but you must slow down and carefully check for other vehicles:

  • At street car crossings.
  • At railroad tracks used only for industrial switching within a business district.
  • Where a policeman or flagman is directing traffic.
  • If a traffic signal shows green.
  • At crossings marked “exempt” or “abandoned.”
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At drawbridges that do not have a traffic control attendant or a signal, bus drivers:
  • Should stop at least 50 feet before the draw of the bridge
  • Are required to stop
  • All of these things apply to drawbridges
  • Should look to make sure that the bridge is completely closed
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From The CDL Manual

Drawbridges—

Bus drivers are required to stop at drawbridges that do not have a signal light or traffic control attendant. Stop at least 50 feet before the draw of the bridge. Look to make sure the draw is completely closed before crossing.

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You must complete a written after-trip inspection report if:
  • You carried more than 20 passengers
  • You drove mostly at night
  • You work drive for an interstate carrier
  • You can't find a mechanic
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From The CDL Manual

Inspect your bus at the end of each shift. If you work for an interstate carrier, you must complete a written inspection report for each bus driven. The report must specify each bus and list any defect that would affect safety or result in a breakdown. If there are no defects, the report should say so.

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After-trip inspections are necessary to:
  • Check for damage and defects
  • Reasons for after-trip inspections include all of these things
  • Give the mechanics time to make needed repairs
  • Ensure that the bus is safe for the next driver
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From The CDL Manual

After-Trip Vehicle Inspection

Inspect your bus at the end of each shift. If you work for an interstate carrier, you must complete a written inspection report for each bus driven. The report must specify each bus and list any defect that would affect safety or result in a breakdown. If there are no defects, the report should say so.

Riders sometimes damage safety-related parts such as hand-holds, seats, emergency exits and windows. If you report this damage at the end of a shift, mechanics can make repairs before the bus goes out again. Mass transit drivers should also make sure passenger signaling devices and brake-door interlocks work properly.

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You are allowed to refuel in a closed building with riders on board:
  • At night
  • When the temperature is below 65 degrees
  • In an emergency
  • You should never refuel in a closed building with riders
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From The CDL Manual

Prohibited Practices

  • Avoid fueling your bus with riders on board unless absolutely necessary. Never refuel in a closed building with riders on board.
  • Do not talk with riders or engage in any other distracting activity while driving.
  • Do not tow or push a disabled bus with riders aboard either vehicle, unless getting off the bus would be unsafe. Only tow or push the bus to the nearest safe spot to discharge passengers. Follow your employer’s guidelines on towing or pushing disabled buses.
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Talking with riders or engaging in any other distractions while driving a bus is:
  • Encouraged to keep riders happy
  • Not a concern either way
  • Allowed only in city driving
  • Prohibited
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From The CDL Manual

Prohibited Practices

  • Avoid fueling your bus with riders on board unless absolutely necessary. Never refuel in a closed building with riders on board.
  • Do not talk with riders or engage in any other distracting activity while driving.
  • Do not tow or push a disabled bus with riders aboard either vehicle, unless getting off the bus would be unsafe. Only tow or push the bus to the nearest safe spot to discharge passengers. Follow your employer’s guidelines on towing or pushing disabled buses.
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