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. Test questions come from the Ohio Commercial Driver’s 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. At a passive railroad crossing, the decision to proceed:
Railroad crossings that do not have any kind of traffic control device are known as passive crossings. The decision to proceed across tracks at a passive crossing is entirely up to the driver.
2. When exiting a vehicle, it is important to maintain ____ with your vehicle at all times.
As you exit your vehicle during the basic vehicle control skills test, you must face the vehicle and maintain three points of contact at all times. If your testing vehicle is a bus, you must maintain contact with the handrail. Exiting the vehicle incorrectly may result in automatic failure of the basic control skills test.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. If you must drive in reverse at a student pick-up point, you should:
Backing in a school bus is strongly discouraged and should be done only if there is no other safe way to move the vehicle. If you must drive in reverse at a student pick-up point, you should wait until all students have first loaded the bus.
6. Before evacuating a bus in response to a hazard, a driver should:
If time permits, before deciding to evacuate a school bus, the driver should contact their dispatcher to explain the situation. The decision to evacuate must be a timely one.
7. During a basic vehicle controls skills test exercise, your vehicle's final position should be:
You should finish each exercise with your vehicle in the exact position described by the examiner. You can be penalized for failing to complete an exercise exactly in the manner described by the examiner, potentially resulting in failure of the basic control skills test.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Obtain a valid Ohio Commercial Driver's License (CDL) by passing the necessary knowledge and skills tests.
2. Determine if you need a Bus endorsement. If you plan to operate a bus with a seating capacity of 16 or more passengers, including the driver, you will need a Bus endorsement.
3. Study the Ohio CDL Manual. The manual provides information on the rules and regulations related to operating a bus.
4. Schedule an appointment to take the Bus endorsement test at your local Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) office.
5. Take and pass the written knowledge test for the Bus endorsement.
6. Take and pass the skills test, which includes a pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving test in a bus.
7. Pay the applicable fees for obtaining your CDL with Bus endorsement.
Once you have completed these steps, you will receive your CDL with Bus endorsement and be legally authorized to operate a bus in Ohio.
1. Age: You must be at least 18 years old to drive a commercial vehicle within the state of Ohio and at least 21 years old to drive a commercial vehicle across state lines.
2. Valid Driver's License: You must hold a valid Ohio driver's license.
3. Medical Certification: You must provide proof of a current medical certification, which can be obtained from a licensed medical examiner listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) National Registry.
4. Driving Record: You must have a clean driving record, with no serious traffic violations or major accidents.
5. Knowledge Test: You must pass the CDL knowledge test, which tests your knowledge of driving a commercial vehicle and the regulations related to it.
6. Skills Test: You must pass the CDL skills test, which includes a pre-trip inspection, basic control skills, and on-road driving test in a bus.
7. Background Check: You will be required to undergo a background check to ensure that you have no disqualifying criminal convictions.
Once you meet these requirements and successfully pass all necessary tests, you will be issued a CDL Bus license in Ohio.
Additionally, if you plan to operate a bus with a seating capacity of 16 or more passengers, including the driver, you will need to complete specialized training in order to obtain a Passenger (P) endorsement. This training involves learning about the safety regulations and procedures specific to operating a bus with passengers on board.
The amount of training required will vary depending on the type of bus you plan to drive and the type of cargo or passengers you plan to transport. It is recommended that you enroll in a certified CDL training program that covers all aspects of operating a commercial vehicle, including safety regulations, vehicle operation, and cargo handling.
Overall, it is important to ensure that you have received adequate training and have the necessary experience before applying for a CDL Bus endorsement in Ohio.
The following are the different types of CDL Bus licenses:
1. Class B CDL: This license allows you to operate a single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more, or any such vehicle towing a trailer with a GVWR of less than 10,000 pounds. This class of license is appropriate for buses with a seating capacity of up to 15 passengers.
2. Class C CDL: This license allows you to operate a single vehicle with a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds, or any such vehicle towing a trailer with a GVWR of less than 10,000 pounds. This class is appropriate for buses with a seating capacity of up to 15 passengers.
3. Class B with Passenger (P) Endorsement: This license allows you to operate a single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more, or any such vehicle towing a trailer with a GVWR of less than 10,000 pounds, and to carry more than 16 passengers (including the driver).
4. Class C with Passenger (P) Endorsement: This license allows you to operate a single vehicle with a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds and to carry more than 16 passengers (including the driver).
In order to obtain any of these CDL Bus licenses in Ohio, you must meet the specific requirements for each class and pass the necessary tests.
If you are testing for a Class B or Class C CDL with a passenger (P) endorsement, you will need to provide a vehicle that meets the following requirements:
1. The vehicle must have a seating capacity of at least 16 passengers (including the driver) if you are testing for a Class B or Class C with Passenger endorsement.
2. The vehicle must be in safe and proper operating condition, with all necessary safety features and equipment.
3. The vehicle must be properly registered and insured.
4. The vehicle must have a valid inspection sticker or certificate of inspection.
In addition to meeting these requirements, you must also have the necessary documentation and endorsements to operate the vehicle legally on public roads.
It is important to note that if you do not have access to a suitable vehicle for the driving test, some training schools and testing centers may have vehicles available for rent or use during testing.
1. Pre-trip inspection: You will be required to perform a thorough inspection of your vehicle before you begin driving, checking for any defects or issues that could impact safety or performance.
2. Basic vehicle control: You will need to demonstrate your ability to control the vehicle in a variety of situations, such as backing up, turning, and maneuvering through tight spaces.
3. On-road driving: You will be required to drive the vehicle on public roads, demonstrating your ability to operate it safely and effectively in traffic.
4. Lane changes and merging: You will need to demonstrate your ability to safely change lanes and merge with other traffic.
5. Intersection navigation: You will need to demonstrate your ability to navigate intersections safely and effectively.
6. Speed and space management: You will need to demonstrate your ability to manage speed and space effectively, maintaining proper following distance and adjusting speed appropriately for road conditions.
7. Emergency maneuvers: You may be required to perform emergency maneuvers such as sudden stops or swerves in order to demonstrate your ability to respond appropriately in emergency situations.
It is important to note that the specific skills and maneuvers required for the CDL Bus driving test may vary depending on the class of CDL license you are testing for, as well as other factors such as the size and weight of the vehicle. It is recommended that you thoroughly review the Ohio CDL handbook and seek training from a qualified instructor in order to prepare for the test.
1. Medical certification: You must provide a valid medical certificate that confirms you are physically qualified to operate a commercial vehicle. The medical certificate must be issued by a licensed medical examiner listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
2. Vision requirements: You must have at least 20/40 vision in each eye (with or without corrective lenses), and your field of vision must be at least 70 degrees in the horizontal meridian in each eye.
3. Hearing requirements: You must be able to hear a forced whisper at a distance of at least five feet, with or without a hearing aid.
4. Diabetes: If you have insulin-treated diabetes, you may be required to obtain a diabetes exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in order to operate a commercial vehicle.
5. Physical disabilities: If you have certain physical disabilities that may impact your ability to operate a commercial vehicle, you may be required to obtain an exemption from the FMCSA.
It's important to note that these requirements may vary depending on the specific class of CDL license and endorsement you are seeking. It is recommended that you review the Ohio CDL handbook and consult with a qualified medical examiner for more information on the specific requirements for your situation.
To obtain a CDL Bus endorsement, you must pass a written knowledge test and a skills test that includes a pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving. You must also meet additional medical and physical requirements, as well as age and residency requirements.
It is important to note that operating a commercial vehicle without the proper license or endorsements can result in serious legal consequences, including fines, license suspension or revocation, and even criminal charges in some cases. Additionally, operating a commercial vehicle without the proper training and endorsements can put the safety of yourself and others at risk.
1. Study the Ohio CDL handbook: You will need to study the sections of the Ohio CDL handbook that pertain to passenger vehicles and safety.
2. Take and pass the CDL Bus endorsement knowledge test: You will need to take and pass the CDL Bus endorsement knowledge test at a Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) testing center.
3. Schedule and pass a skills test: Once you have passed the knowledge test, you will need to schedule and pass a skills test that includes a pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving.
4. Pay any applicable fees: There may be fees associated with adding the CDL Bus endorsement to your license, including testing fees and endorsement fees.
Once you have completed these steps, the CDL Bus endorsement will be added to your existing CDL license. You will not need to apply for a new license.
It is important to note that adding an endorsement may also require you to update your medical certification and provide any other necessary documentation or information.
1. Passengers: Drivers with a CDL Bus endorsement are authorized to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver. However, there are additional restrictions for drivers who transport school children or other vulnerable populations.
2. Endorsements: Depending on the type of passenger vehicle you operate, you may need additional endorsements on your CDL Bus endorsement, such as a Passenger (P) endorsement or a School Bus (S) endorsement.
3. Hours of Service: Drivers with a CDL Bus endorsement are subject to federal hours of service regulations, which limit the amount of time they can drive and require them to take regular rest breaks.
4. Medical Certification: Drivers with a CDL Bus endorsement must maintain a valid medical certification that meets the federal medical standards.
5. Alcohol and Drug Use: Drivers with a CDL Bus endorsement are subject to strict alcohol and drug use regulations, including random testing and consequences for positive test results.
6. Criminal History: Drivers with certain types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for a CDL Bus endorsement in Ohio.
It is important to be aware of these restrictions and limitations, as violating them can result in serious legal consequences, including fines, license suspension or revocation, and even criminal charges in some cases.