DMV PA - CDL Transporting Passengers Endorsement Text Book Questions (And Answers)

  1. 1. Name some things to check in the interior of a bus during a pre-trip inspection.

    • People sometimes damage unattended buses. Always check the interior of the bus before driving to
    • ensure rider safety. Aisles and stairwells should always be clear. The following parts of your bus
    • must be in safe working condition:

    • Each handhold and railing.

    • Floor covering.

    • Signaling devices, including the restroom emergency buzzer, if the bus has a restroom.

    • Emergency exit handles.

    • The seats must be safe for riders. All seats must be securely fastened to the bus.
    • Never drive with an open emergency exit door or window. The "Emergency Exit" sign on an
    • emergency door must be clearly visible. If there is a red emergency door light, it must work. Turn it
    • on at night or any other time you use your outside lights.
    • (Page 4-2)
  2. 2. What are some hazardous materials you can transport by bus?
    • 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.

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  3. 3. What are some hazardous materials you can't transport by bus?
    • • Class 2 poison, 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. They may not know it is
    • unsafe. Do not allow riders to carry on common hazards such as car batteries or gasoline.

    (Page 4-3)
  4. 4. What is a standee line?

    • No rider may stand forward of the rear of the driver's seat. Buses designed to allow standing must
    • have a two (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.
    • (Page 4-3)
  5. 5. Does it matter where you make a disruptive passenger get off the bus?
    Yes, it does matter. As explained below:

    • Many charter and intercity carriers have passenger comfort and safety rules. Mention rules about
    • smoking, drinking or use of radio and tape players at the start of the trip. Explaining the rules at the
    • start will help to avoid trouble later on.

    • While driving, scan the interior of your bus as well as the road ahead, to the sides and to the rear.
    • You may have to remind riders about rules or to keep arms and heads inside the bus.

    • 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.

    • Occasionally, you may have a drunk or disruptive rider. You must ensure this rider's safety as well
    • as that of others. Don't 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.

    (Page 4-4)
  6. 6. How far from a railroad crossing should you stop?

    • Stop at RR crossings. Stop your bus between 15 and 50 feet before 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 isn't 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 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 as "exempt" or "abandoned."

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  7. 7. When must you stop before crossing a drawbridge?

    • Stop at drawbridges. 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. You do not need to stop, but must slow down and make sure it's
    • safe, when:

    • There is a traffic light showing green.

    • The bridge has an attendant or traffic officer that controls traffic whenever the bridge opens.

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  8. 8. Describe from memory the "prohibited practices" listed above.

    • Avoid fueling your bus with riders on board unless absolutely necessary. Never refuel in a closed
    • building with riders on board.

    Don't 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.
    • (Page 4-5)
  9. 9. The rear door of a transit bus has to be open to put on the parking brake. True or False?
    False. Explanation:


    • Urban mass transit coaches may have a brake and accelerator interlock system. The interlock
    • applies the brakes and holds the throttle in idle position when the rear door is open. The interlock
    • releases when you close the rear door. Do not use this safety feature in place of the parking brake.

    (Page 4-6)
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DMV PA - CDL Transporting Passengers Endorsement Text Book Questions (And Answers)
Test Questions (and answers,) for the Transporting Passengers Endorsement portion of the Commercial Drivers License Exam of Pennsylvania, but taken directly from the Commercial Drivers Manual.