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Section 4-A: Charter Bus Endorsement

A CDL holder wanting a Charter Bus Endorsement - an endorsement for the sole purpose of transporting students in grades 12 and below under a single contract at a fixed rate for the exclusive use of the vehicle when used for a school sponsored activity - must first pass the knowledge exam based on Sections 2 and 4 of this manual (if your bus has air brakes, you also must pass the air brake exam based on Section 5). You must pass the skills and driving exams in a representative vehicle of the license class for which you are applying.

Requirements

A driver must:

  • Be age 21 or older.
  • Possess a valid and properly classified driverʼs license issued by the Secretary of State.
  • Submit to and successfully pass a specific criminal background check through an approved vendor.
  • Complete a medical examination, including chemical testing for drugs. A current medical card is acceptable.
  • Successfully pass a written charter bus endorsement exam administered by the Secretary of State.
  • Successfully pass a driving exam, if applicable, in a representative vehicle of the class of the driverʼs license for passenger and charter bus endorsements.
  • Affirm under penalties of perjury that you have not made a false statement or knowingly concealed a material fact in any application for a charter bus endorsement.

Safety Information

  • When entering or exiting an expressway, do so as quickly and as safely as possible.
  • Unless absolutely necessary, never bring your vehicle to a complete stop immediately before entering any high speed expressway. Enter and merge as safely as possible with the flow of traffic.
  • The emergency door must be unlocked (if lock-equipped) but securely latched when the school bus is in operation.
  • The driver must not back a bus at the school while students are in the vicinity unless a responsible person is present to guide the bus driver.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Review Questions - Click On The Picture To Begin...

Which of the following requirements to obtain a charter bus endorsement is incorrect?
  • Be at at least 18 or older
  • Successfully pass a driving exam
  • Complete a medical examination, including chemical testing for drugs
  • All of these are true

Quote From The CDL Manual:

Requirements A driver must:



       
  • Be age 21 or older.

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  • Possess a valid and properly classified driver's license issued by the Secretary if State.

  •    
  • Submit to and successfully pass an Illinois specific criminal background check through an approved vendor.

  •    
  • Complete a medical examination, including chemical testing for drugs. A current DOT medical card is acceptable.

  •    
  • Successfully pass a written charter bus endorsement exam administered by the Secretary of State.

  •    
  • Successfully pass a driving exam, if applicable, in a representative vehicle of the class of the driver's license for passenger and charter bus endorsements.

  •    
  • Affirm under penalties of perjury that you have not made a false statement or knowingly concealed a material fact in any application for a charter bus endorsement.

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What is a charter bus endorsement?
  • An endorsement for the sole purpose of tours or having the same departure and arrival locations
  • An endorsement for those who only plan to transport passengers within' a 50 mile radius
  • An endorsement for the purpose of transporting adults, or children supervised by adults, for non-school purposes.
  • An endorsement for the sole purpose of transporting students in grades 12 and below under a single contract at a fixed rate for the exclusive use of the vehicle when used for a school-sponsored activity

Quote From The CDL Manual:

A CDL holder wanting a Charter Bus Endorsement - an endorsement for the sole purpose of transporting students in grades 12 and below under a single contract at a fixed rate for the exclusive use of the vehicle when used for a school sponsored activity - must first pass the knowledge exam. (If your bus has air brakes, you also must pass the air brake exam.)

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