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

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  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.

    (Page 4-3)
  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."

    (Page 4-5)
  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.

    (Page 4-5)
  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)
2009-12-20 01:59:37
Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles; DMV; Commercial Drivers License; CDL; Transporting Passengers Endorsement Test; Endorsement; Passengers; Textbook

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.
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