To receive this endorsement, applicants must pass a test consisting of 20 multiple choice questions. Each question has four answer choices. To pass, the applicant must answer at least 16 questions correctly. Test questions come from the North Dakota Commercial Driver Guide. Questions come from chapters covering: Driving Safely, Transporting Cargo, Air Brakes, Transporting Passengers Safely, Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection Test, Basic Vehicle Control Skills Test and On-Road Driving. The Passenger endorsement can be used with the Class A, B or C CDL.
1. What is a wig wag?
A wig wag is a type of low air pressure warning device in an air brake system. It drops a mechanical arm into the driver's view when the air pressure in the tanks falls below 60 psi.
2. Both systems in a dual air brake systems share:
Both systems in a dual air brake system share a single air compressor. If the air compressor is damaged, neither system will be able to operate properly.
3. Brake fade is a result of:
If brakes are used too much, they will overheat and become less effective. This is referred to as brake fade.
4. Spring brakes come on:
Spring brakes come on automatically when air pressure drops to an unsafe psi level. Instead of waiting for the spring brakes to automatically activate, you should safely exit the road as soon as you notice the low pressure warning signal and bring your vehicle to a stop while you are still able to control the brakes.
5. Fueling with passengers on board:
You should not refuel a bus while passengers are on board, unless it is absolutely necessary to do so. In particular, never refuel a bus carrying passengers while inside an enclosed building.
6. A driver should always:
While driving, you should continually scan the road to spot potential hazards in advance. Make emergency plans for how to deal with the hazards if they become dangerous.
7. Where can you find the tire load rating?
A tire load rating is the maximum safe weight that can be carried by a tire at a specified pressure. This number is stated on the side of each tire.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Obtain a valid North Dakota commercial driver’s license (CDL) by passing the required knowledge and skills tests.
2. Complete the CDL application form and indicate that you want to add a Passenger endorsement.
3. Pass the Passenger endorsement knowledge test, which covers topics such as loading and unloading passengers, safe driving practices, and emergency procedures.
4. Schedule and pass the Passenger endorsement skills test, which includes a pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving.
5. Pay the required fee for the endorsement.
Note that before taking the skills test, you must hold a valid Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) for at least 14 days, and you must also have completed any required training or certification programs.
It is also important to note that some employers may require additional training or certification beyond what is required by the state in order to operate certain types of passenger vehicles.
1. Age: You must be at least 18 years old to operate a commercial vehicle within North Dakota and at least 21 years old to operate a commercial vehicle outside of North Dakota or transport hazardous materials.
2. Valid Driver's License: You must have a valid driver’s license issued by North Dakota or another state.
3. Medical Certification: You must pass a medical examination and obtain a medical certificate that meets the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) standards.
4. Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP): You must hold a CLP for at least 14 days before taking the skills test, which includes passing the general knowledge test and any necessary endorsement tests.
5. Training and Certification: You may need to complete any required training or certification programs depending on the type of passenger vehicle you plan to operate.
6. Background Check: You will need to pass a background check, which includes a criminal history check and driving record review.
7. Skills Test: You must pass a skills test that includes a pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving specific to passenger vehicles.
Note that additional requirements may apply based on the type of passenger vehicle you plan to operate, such as school buses or vehicles carrying hazardous materials.
Additionally, some employers may require their drivers to have experience driving passenger vehicles before they can hire them. It is recommended that you check with potential employers and review their job requirements before pursuing a CDL Passenger endorsement.
It is important to note that the skills test for the Passenger endorsement includes a pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving specific to passenger vehicles. Therefore, it is important to have knowledge and experience in these areas before taking the test. You can prepare for the test by studying the North Dakota CDL Manual and practicing your driving skills in a passenger vehicle.
The Passenger Transport test covers topics such as:
- Loading and Unloading Passengers
- Transporting Passengers Safely
- Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection
- Emergency Procedures
- Proper Braking Techniques
You may also need to pass additional written tests if you plan to transport hazardous materials or operate a combination vehicle with multiple trailers.
It is important to note that the knowledge tests are often computer-based and have a time limit. You can prepare for the tests by studying the North Dakota CDL Manual and taking practice tests. You can find study materials and practice tests on the North Dakota Department of Transportation website or at your local driver's license office.
1. Vehicle Inspection: You will be asked to perform a pre-trip inspection of the vehicle to check for any safety hazards or mechanical issues.
2. Basic Vehicle Control: You will be asked to demonstrate your ability to control the vehicle in various situations, such as backing up, turning, and parking.
3. On-Road Driving: You will be required to safely operate the vehicle in traffic and demonstrate your ability to navigate turns, intersections, and other common driving scenarios.
4. Loading and Unloading Passengers: You may also be required to demonstrate your ability to safely load and unload passengers and secure them in their seats using proper safety restraints.
It is important that you are familiar with the specific requirements for the CDL Passenger endorsement in North Dakota and practice these maneuvers before taking the test. You can find more information about the skills test in the North Dakota CDL Manual or by contacting your local driver's license office.
It is important to note that there are certain exceptions to this rule. For example, if you are driving a vehicle designed to transport fewer than 16 passengers, such as a van or small bus, you may not need a CDL with a Passenger endorsement. However, you may still need to meet other licensing and regulatory requirements.
It is also important to remember that driving without the proper endorsements or licenses can result in fines, license suspension, or even criminal charges in some cases. If you are unsure about whether you need a CDL with a Passenger endorsement for your specific situation, it is best to contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation or your local driver's license office for more information.
To apply for the Passenger endorsement, you can visit your local North Dakota driver's license office and complete the necessary paperwork. You will need to provide proof of identity, residency, and citizenship or legal presence, as well as your current CDL license.
Once you have passed the knowledge and skills tests and paid the required fee, the Passenger endorsement will be added to your existing CDL license. You will then be authorized to operate commercial motor vehicles designed to transport more than 15 passengers.
It is important to note that you may need additional endorsements or certifications depending on the type of passenger vehicle you are driving. For example, if you are driving a school bus, you may need a School Bus endorsement in addition to the Passenger endorsement.
One common restriction for drivers with a CDL Passenger endorsement is a limit on the number of passengers they can transport. For example, if you have a CDL with a Passenger endorsement, you may be restricted to transporting no more than 16 passengers, including the driver. This is because vehicles designed to transport more than 16 passengers are subject to additional federal regulations and requirements.
Another restriction that may apply to drivers with a CDL Passenger endorsement is the requirement for additional certifications or endorsements depending on the type of passenger vehicle they operate. For example, if you operate a school bus, you may need a School Bus endorsement in addition to your Passenger endorsement.
In addition, drivers with a CDL Passenger endorsement are subject to the same federal and state regulations as other commercial drivers. This includes requirements for hours of service, vehicle inspections, and drug and alcohol testing.
It is important to be aware of these restrictions and regulations if you hold a CDL with a Passenger endorsement in North Dakota. Violating these requirements can result in fines, suspension or revocation of your CDL license, or other penalties.
To be eligible for a CDL Passenger endorsement, you must be at least 21 years old. If you are between the ages of 18 and 21, you may be eligible for a CDL Passenger endorsement if you meet certain conditions. For example, you must have held a valid driver's license for at least one year, and you cannot transport passengers across state lines.
In addition to the age requirements, there may be other restrictions or qualifications for obtaining a CDL Passenger endorsement. For example, you may need to have a certain level of driving experience or meet medical requirements.
It is important to check with your local North Dakota driver's license office to determine the specific requirements for obtaining a CDL Passenger endorsement based on your individual situation.
1. Buses - Any vehicle designed to transport more than 16 passengers, including the driver. This includes school buses, transit buses, and motor coaches.
2. Vans - Any vehicle designed to transport 16 passengers or less, including the driver. This includes shuttle vans, airport vans, and other passenger vans.
3. Limousines - Any vehicle designed to transport passengers for hire, such as luxury limousines or party buses.
It is important to note that the specific types of vehicles you are authorized to operate may depend on the endorsements and certifications you hold in addition to your CDL Passenger endorsement. For example, if you hold a School Bus endorsement, you may be authorized to operate a school bus but not other types of passenger vehicles.
It is also important to be aware of any additional requirements or restrictions that may apply to operating these types of vehicles. For example, some passenger vehicles may require additional training or certifications beyond the CDL Passenger endorsement.