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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.
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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.
3. What are some hazardous materials you can't transport by bus?
- FORBIDDEN HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
- • 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.
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.
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5. Does it matter where you make a disruptive passenger get off the bus?
Yes, it does matter. As explained below:
- PASSENGER SUPERVISION
- 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.
6. How far from a railroad crossing should you stop?
RAILROAD CROSSING STOPS
- 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."
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.
8. Describe from memory the "prohibited practices" listed above.
4.5 PROHIBITED PRACTICES
- 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.
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9. The rear door of a transit bus has to be open to put on the parking brake. True or False?
4.6 USE OF BRAKE-DOOR INTERLOCKS
- 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.