This endorsement is required for driving a school bus. To receive this endorsement, applicants must pass a test. The test consists of 20 multiple choice questions. To pass, the applicant must answer at least 16 questions correctly. Each question has three or four possible answer choices. Test questions come from the Maryland Commercial Driver License Manual. Questions come from chapters covering School Buses, Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection Test, Basic Vehicle Control Skills Test and On-Road Driving. The School Bus endorsement can be used with the Class A, B or C CDL.
1. If you must drive during periods of high winds, you should:
A school bus's long sides are vulnerable to being pushed by winds. If you must drive in windy conditions, you should maintain a strong grip on the steering wheel, try to anticipate wind gusts, and slow down. If necessary, contact your dispatcher for instructions on how to proceed.
2. When students are boarding a school bus, the driver should do all of the following, except:
Students should always board a school bus in a single-file line.
3. The loading of a school bus:
More students are killed each year during loading or unloading of school buses than while riding on school buses. Therefore, it is critical that school bus drivers follow appropriate safety procedures during loading and unloading.
4. If a tornado is approaching and the bus is evacuated, where should students go?
If students are evacuated due to a school bus being in the direct path of a sighted tornado, the driver should lead them to shelter in a nearby building. If no such shelter is available, the driver should escort them to a nearby ditch or culvert. They should avoid areas that may be subject to flash flooding and should be far enough from the bus that it would not fall on them if it tipped over.
5. When students are being picked up by a school bus:
A school bus driver should load and unload students only at designated stops that have been approved by appropriate school district officials.
6. A blind spot extends at least ____ behind a school bus.
A school bus has blind spots immediately below the side flat mirrors, immediately in front of the side flat mirrors, and directly behind the rear bumper. Rear blind spots typically extend 50 to 150 feet behind a bus but can sometimes extend up to 400 feet, depending on the length of the vehicle.
7. When making a stop to pick up students, a driver should ensure all surrounding traffic has stopped before:
When stopping to pick up students, a school bus driver should ensure that all surrounding traffic has stopped before opening the door and signaling for the students to approach the bus.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Obtain a Maryland CDL: You must have a valid Maryland commercial driver’s license (CDL) to apply for a CDL Bus endorsement.
2. Meet the qualifications: You must meet the qualifications for a CDL Bus endorsement. This includes being at least 18 years old and having a clean driving record. You may also need to pass a physical exam and meet other requirements specific to the type of bus you will be driving.
3. Study the Maryland Commercial Driver’s License Manual: The manual contains information about the skills and knowledge required to pass the CDL tests, including the Bus endorsement.
4. Take the Bus endorsement knowledge test: The knowledge test covers topics such as vehicle inspection, basic control skills, and safe driving practices. You will need to pass the test with a score of at least 80%.
5. Pass the skills test: The skills test includes a pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving. You will need to provide your own bus for the exam.
6. Pay the required fees: There are fees associated with obtaining a CDL Bus endorsement in Maryland, including application fees and testing fees.
7. Receive your CDL with Bus endorsement: Once you have passed all required tests and paid the necessary fees, you will receive your new CDL with Bus endorsement.
Note that there may be additional requirements or steps depending on your specific situation or the type of bus you will be driving. It is always recommended to consult with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) for further information and guidance.
1. Age requirement: You must be at least 18 years old to drive a bus within the state of Maryland and 21 years old to drive a bus outside of the state.
2. Valid driver's license: You must have a valid Maryland driver's license free of any suspensions, cancellations, or revocations.
3. Medical certification: You must provide a valid medical certificate that proves you meet the medical requirements set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
4. Knowledge and skills test: You are required to pass a knowledge test and a skills test. These tests cover topics such as vehicle inspection, basic control skills, and safe driving practices.
5. Background check: You must undergo a background check that includes a criminal history check and driving record review.
6. Proof of residency and citizenship: You must provide proof of residency in Maryland and proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residency.
7. Payment of fees: You are required to pay all necessary fees associated with obtaining your CDL Bus license in Maryland.
Note that these requirements may vary depending on your specific situation or the type of bus you will be driving. It is always recommended to consult with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) for further information and guidance.
For example, if you plan to drive a school bus, you may be required to complete a school bus driver training program approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. This program includes classroom instruction, behind-the-wheel training, and a skills test.
If you plan to drive a commercial bus, your employer may require you to complete additional training or have prior experience driving a similar type of vehicle.
It is also important to note that all CDL drivers are required to complete regular continuing education and safety training to maintain their license.
Before applying for a CDL Bus endorsement in Maryland, it is recommended that you research the specific requirements for the type of bus you will be driving and any additional training your employer may require.
The three classes of CDL Bus licenses are:
1. Class B: Allows you to operate a single vehicle with a GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) of 26,001 or more pounds or a combination of vehicles with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, towing a trailer or other vehicle weighing less than 10,000 pounds.
2. Class C: Allows you to operate a single vehicle with a GVWR less than 26,001 pounds that is designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) or hazardous materials.
3. Passenger endorsement: This endorsement is required in addition to your CDL license if you plan to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) in any vehicle. The passenger endorsement allows you to drive buses and other vehicles designed to transport passengers.
It is important to note that there may be additional endorsements or restrictions required for specific types of buses, such as school buses or vehicles carrying hazardous materials. It is recommended that you consult with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) for specific requirements and guidance on obtaining the appropriate CDL Bus license for your needs.
To take the driving test for a CDL Bus license, you must provide a vehicle that meets the requirements for the class of license you are applying for. This means that the vehicle must be a bus that is similar in size and weight to the type of bus you will be driving with your CDL license.
The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) typically provides a list of approved third-party testing sites where you can take the CDL Bus driving test. These testing sites may provide a bus for you to use during the test, or you may need to arrange to rent or borrow a bus that meets the requirements.
It is important to note that the bus you use for the driving test must meet all safety and licensing requirements, such as having valid registration and insurance, functioning brakes and lights, and proper seating and passenger safety features.
Some of the skills and maneuvers you may be tested on during the CDL Bus driving test include:
1. Pre-trip inspection: You will need to demonstrate your ability to inspect the bus for any defects or safety issues before driving it.
2. Basic vehicle control: You may be asked to perform maneuvers such as backing up, turning, and parking the bus in a designated area.
3. On-road driving: You will need to demonstrate your ability to safely operate the bus on public roads, including merging, changing lanes, making turns, and navigating intersections.
4. Passenger management: You may be tested on your ability to interact professionally with passengers, including communication skills, loading and unloading passengers, and responding to emergency situations.
It is important to note that the specific skills and maneuvers tested during the CDL Bus driving test may vary depending on the class of license you are applying for and other factors such as the type of bus you will be driving. It is recommended that you review the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) CDL Bus driver's manual and practice with a qualified instructor or mentor before taking the driving test.
To obtain a CDL Bus endorsement, you must meet the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) physical qualifications standards. This means that you must undergo a medical examination performed by a licensed medical examiner listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. The examination evaluates your overall health and ability to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle, including vision, hearing, blood pressure, and other factors.
In addition to the medical examination, you may also be required to meet certain physical requirements related to driving a bus. For example, if you have a medical condition that could affect your ability to safely operate a bus, such as epilepsy or sleep apnea, you may need to provide additional documentation or undergo further testing to demonstrate your fitness for duty.
It is important to note that these requirements may vary depending on the type of bus you will be driving and other factors. It is recommended that you consult with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) or a qualified medical examiner for more information on the specific requirements for obtaining a CDL Bus endorsement.
According to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), a CDL with a Passenger (P) endorsement is required to operate any vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver. This includes buses, vans, and other vehicles used for public or private transportation.
Operating a bus without the proper CDL Bus endorsement can result in fines, license suspension or revocation, and other penalties. Additionally, if you are involved in an accident while operating a bus without the proper endorsement, you may be held liable for any damages or injuries that occur.
It is important to note that obtaining a CDL Bus endorsement requires passing both a written knowledge test and a driving skills test, as well as meeting certain medical and physical requirements. It is recommended that you review the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) CDL Bus driver's manual and practice with a qualified instructor or mentor before taking the driving test and obtaining your CDL Bus endorsement.
To add the CDL Bus endorsement, you will need to pass a written knowledge test and a driving skills test specific to the type of bus you will be operating. You must also meet all of the additional medical and physical requirements for a CDL Bus endorsement.
To begin the process, you should visit a Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) full-service branch office and request a CDL application packet. You will need to fill out the application and bring it, along with any required documentation and fees, to your local MVA office.
Once your application is processed, you can schedule your written knowledge test and driving skills test. If you pass both tests and meet all of the other requirements, the CDL Bus endorsement will be added to your existing CDL license.
It is important to note that adding a CDL Bus endorsement may change the class of your CDL license or require additional endorsements or restrictions. Be sure to review all of the requirements and restrictions before adding the CDL Bus endorsement to your license.
Some of the restrictions and limitations for CDL Bus endorsement holders include:
1. Passenger Limitations: The number of passengers that can be transported depends on the type of bus being driven and the endorsement on the CDL license.
2. Endorsement Specific Limitations: The endorsement may be limited to certain types or classes of vehicles, such as school buses or charter buses.
3. Medical Requirements: CDL Bus endorsement holders must meet specific medical requirements, including passing a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination every two years.
4. Alcohol and Drug Testing: CDL Bus endorsement holders are subject to regular alcohol and drug testing.
5. Hours of Service Restrictions: CDL Bus endorsement holders must comply with federal Hours of Service regulations, which limit the number of hours a driver can operate a commercial vehicle each day and week.
6. Speed Limit Restrictions: CDL Bus endorsement holders must comply with posted speed limits and may be subject to lower speed limits than other drivers on certain roads.
It is important for all CDL Bus endorsement holders to understand and comply with these restrictions and limitations in order to maintain their license and operate safely on the roads.