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4.2 – 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.

4.2.1 – Hazardous Materials

Watch for cargo or baggage containing hazardous materials. Most hazardous materials cannot be carried on a bus.

The Federal Hazardous Materials Table shows which materials are hazardous. They pose a risk to health, safety and property during transportation. The rules require shippers to mark containers of hazardous material with the material's name, identification number and hazard label. There are nine different 4-inch, diamond-shaped hazard labels. Watch for the diamond-shaped labels. Do not transport any hazardous material unless you are sure the rules allow it.

4.2.2 – Forbidden Hazardous Materials

Buses may carry small-arms ammunition labeled ORM-D, emergency hospital supplies and drugs. You can carry small amounts of some other hazardous materials if the shipper cannot send them any other way. Buses must never carry:

  • Division 2.3 poison gas, liquid Class 6 poison, tear gas, irritating material.
  • More than 100 pounds of solid Class 6 poisons.
  • Explosives in the space occupied by people, except small-arms ammunition.
  • Labeled radioactive materials in the space occupied by people.
  • More than 500 pounds total of allowed hazardous materials and no more than 100 pounds of any one class.

Riders sometimes board a bus with an unlabeled hazardous material. Do not allow riders to carry on common hazards, such as car batteries or gasoline. See Sections 2 and 9 for additional information on hazardous materials.

4.2.3 – 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.

4.2.4 – 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.

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

  • 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.
  • All of these are true
  • 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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When should charter bus drivers allow riders on the bus, and why?

  • 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 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 after departure time. This will help prevent theft or vandalism of the bus.
  • 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 departure time. This will help prevent theft or vandalism of the bus.
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Which of the following statements are true about a standee line?

  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
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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