CDL Practice Tests: Transporting Passengers Safely

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Question #224 (1 of 10)

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Occasionally, you may have a drunk or disruptive rider. Which of the following is true about 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 well-lighted area where there are other people. Many carriers have guidelines for handling disruptive riders.
  • Your treatment of anyone who is drunk or disruptive is an example to the other passengers. Restrain the passenger if you can. Ask for help from other passengers if you must. Once restrained, call the police.
  • If a rider is drunk or disruptive, they have given up their rights as a passenger. Remove them from the bus quickly before they do any harm to the other passengers.
  • You should ignore anyone who is drunk or disruptive. Giving them attention only makes things worse. Encourage the other passengers to do the same.
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 well-lighted area where there are other people. Many carriers have guidelines for handling disruptive riders.
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Which of the following are true about bus stops and intersections?

  • 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
  • All of these are correct
  • 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.

The Most Common Bus 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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Question #221 (3 of 10)

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Which of the following statements are true about carrying hazardous materials on a bus?

  • All of these are true
  • Do not transport any hazardous material unless you are sure the rules allow it.
  • Buses may carry small-arms ammunition labeled ORM-D, emergency hospital supplies and drugs
  • Do not allow riders to carry on common hazards, such as car batteries or gasoline
  • Do not allow riders to carry on common hazards, such as car batteries or gasoline.
  • Buses may carry small-arms ammunition labeled ORM-D, emergency hospital supplies, and drugs.
  • Do not transport any hazardous material unless you are sure the rules allow it.
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Question #228 (4 of 10)

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Which of the following is true about crossing the railroad tracks with a bus?

  • Stop your bus between 50 and 75 feet before railroad crossings, then again at about 10 feet before the crossing. Make sure you are upshifting as you cross the tracks to accelerate away from danger.
  • All of these are true
  • You do not have to stop at RR crossings but look both ways beforehand. You may change gears when crossing the tracks.
  • Stop your bus between 15 and 50 feet before railroad crossings. If your bus has a manual transmission, never change gears while crossing the tracks

Stop at all railroad crossings:

  • Listen and look in both directions for trains. You should open your forward door if it improves your ability to see or hear an approaching train.
  • 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.
  • You do not have to stop, but must slow down and carefully check for other vehicles:
    • At streetcar crossings.
    • Where a police officer or flagman is directing traffic.
    • If a traffic signal is green.
    • At crossings marked as “exempt” or “abandoned.”
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Question #222 (5 of 10)

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Which of the following statements are true about a standee line?

  • It is a 2-inch line on the floor or some other means of showing riders where they cannot stand. This is a requirement for all buses designed to allow standing. All standing riders must stay behind it.
  • It is a red line along the back of the bus designating where riders must stand. They are to remain within this area while the bus is in motion.
  • It is a line behind the third row of seats designating the furthest point to the rear of the bus that a passenger can stand. All passengers must be in front of the standee line and must be removed from the bus for failure to comply.
  • It is a line on the sidewalk at a bus stop which passengers must wait behind while the bus approaches. It is a requirement by state law. No bus can open the door for a passenger who was in front of this 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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Question #229 (6 of 10)

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If you work for an interstate bus carrier:

  • All of these are true
  • You must fill out a mid-trip inspection report every 100 miles or two hours, whichever comes first. You must turn these in to the shop supervisor at the end of each day.
  • You must inspect your bus at the end of each shift. You must complete a written inspection report for each bus driven. The report must specify each bus and list any defects that would affect safety or result in a breakdown. If there are no defects, the report should say so.
  • You must require passengers to show ID before crossing any state lines.
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 defects that would affect safety or result in a breakdown. If there are no defects, the report should say so.
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Question #223 (7 of 10)

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When should charter bus drivers allow drivers on the bus, and why?

  • Charter bus drivers should not allow riders on the bus until 90 minutes before departure time. This will help prevent overcrowding of the bus terminals.
  • Charter bus drivers should not allow riders on the bus until departure time. This will help prevent theft or vandalism of the bus.
  • Charter bus drivers should not allow riders on the bus until after departure time. This will help prevent theft or vandalism of the bus.
  • Charter bus drivers should not allow riders on the bus until 60 minutes before departure time. This will help prevent last-minute arrivals from making the bus late.
Charter bus drivers should not allow riders on the bus until departure time. This will help prevent theft or vandalism of the bus.
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Question #226 (8 of 10)

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Which of the following is true about buses going around curves?

  • All of these are true
  • Accidents on curves mostly result from low tire pressures. In good weather, the posted speed is safe for cars but never for buses. With good traction, the bus may perform well; with poor traction, it might roll over.
  • Accidents on curves rarely happen. In good weather, the posted speed is safe for all vehicles. With good traction, the bus will get around the curve safely at the posted speed limit.
  • Accidents on curves result from excessive 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.
Accidents on curves result from excessive speed. The posted speed is safe for cars in good weather, 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.
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Question #230 (9 of 10)

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Which of the following are prohibited practices for a bus driver?

  • All of these are prohibited practices
  • 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 the vehicle, unless getting off 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.
  • Avoid fueling your bus with riders on board unless absolutely necessary. Never refuel in a closed building with riders on board.
  • 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 the vehicle, unless getting off 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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Question #219 (10 of 10)

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Bus drivers must have a commercial driver's license if they drive a vehicle designed to seat more than how many people, including the driver?

  • 10
  • 20
  • 8
  • 16
Bus drivers must have a commercial driver's license if they drive a vehicle designed to seat more than 16 or more persons, including the driver.
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About The Transporting Passengers CDL Written Exam

Bus drivers must have a commercial driver license if they drive a vehicle designed to seat more than 16 or more persons, including the driver.

Bus drivers must have a passenger endorsement on their commercial driver license. To get the endorsement you must pass a knowledge test on Sections 2 and 4 of this manual. (If your bus has air brakes, you must also pass a knowledge test on Section 5.) You must also pass the skills tests required for the class of vehicle you drive.

Vehicle Inspection

Before driving your bus, you must be sure it is safe. You must review the inspection report made by the previous driver. Only if defects reported earlier have been certified as repaired or not needed to be repaired, should you sign the previous driver's report. This is your certification that the defects reported earlier have been fixed.

Vehicle Systems

Make sure these things are in good working order before driving:

  • Service brakes, including air hose couplings (if your bus has a trailer or semitrailer).
  • Parking brake.
  • Steering mechanism.
  • Lights and reflectors.
  • Tires (front wheels must not have recapped or re- grooved tires).
  • Horn.
  • Windshield wiper or wipers.
  • Rear-vision mirror or mirrors.
  • Coupling devices (if present).
  • Wheels and rims.
  • Emergency equipment.
  • Make sure your bus has the fire extinguisher and emergency reflectors (3 reflective triangles or at least 6 fusees or 3 liquid burning flares) required by law. The bus must also have spare electrical fuses, unless equipped with circuit breakers.

Loading and Trip Start

Do not allow riders to leave carry-on baggage in a doorway or aisle. There should be nothing in the aisle that might trip other riders. Secure baggage and freight in ways that avoid damage and:

  • Allow the driver to move freely and easily.
  • Allow riders to exit by any window or door in an emergency.
  • Protect riders from injury if carry-ons fall or shift.

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.

At Your Destination

When arriving at the destination or intermediate stops, announce:

  • The location.
  • Reason for stopping.
  • Next departure time.
  • Bus number.

Remind riders to take carry-ons with them if they get off the bus. If the aisle is on a lower level than the seats, remind riders of the step-down. It is best to tell them before coming to a complete stop.

Charter bus drivers should not allow riders on the bus until departure time. This will help prevent theft or vandalism of the bus.

Questions you should know:

  • Bus drivers must have a commercial driver's license if they drive a vehicle designed to seat more than how many people, including the driver?
  • What are three things bus drivers must check during a vehicle inspection?
  • What is a standee line?
  • When should charter bus drivers allow drivers on the bus, and why?

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