Charter

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This endorsement is required to operate a charter-type bus when transporting school children grades 12 and under on any type of school..

This endorsement is required to operate a charter-type bus when transporting school children grades 12 and under on any type of school trip. To receive this endorsement, applicants must pass a written test. The test consists of 20 multiple choice questions. To pass, the applicant must answer at least 16 questions correctly. Test questions come from the Illinois Commercial Driver’s License Study Guide. Questions come from chapters covering: Passengers and School buses. The Charter endorsement may be used with the Class A, B or C CDL.

Passing grade:

If a bus has a brake and accelerator interlock system, the system should:

Explanation
Urban transit buses may have a brake and accelerator interlock system, which applies the brakes and holds the throttle in an idle position while the rear door is open. This system should not be used as a substitute for the parking brake.

Gasoline:

Explanation
Bus drivers and passengers should not be permitted to bring common hazardous items, such as gasoline or car batteries, onto a bus.

If a bus stalls on a railroad track, the driver should:

Explanation
If a school bus becomes stalled or trapped on railroad tracks, the driver should immediately evacuate everyone from the bus. To best avoid flying debris from the bus being struck by a train, the students should be led far away from the bus at an angle that is in the direction of any oncoming train.

In the event of a bus evacuation, students should be led at least ____ away from the road.

Explanation
If it is necessary to evacuate a school bus, students should be led by the driver in the direction of oncoming traffic to a safe location that is at least 100 feet off the road. This will help to ensure that they are not hit by flying debris if another vehicle hits the bus.

If in the vicinity of a school where students are present and a helper is not available, a driver:

Explanation
A bus must not be backed at a school while students are in the vicinity unless a responsible person is present to guide the driver.

On a bus, the driver:

Explanation
The driver's seat of a bus should be equipped with a seat belt, which must always be used by the driver.

At a passive railroad crossing:

Explanation
Passive railroad crossings are not controlled by any traffic control devices. At such crossings, it is entirely a driver's responsibility to determine when it is safe to cross the tracks.
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