Passenger CDL Practice Test

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Question 1

During a pre-trip inspection of your bus, you should

A
Insure that your front tires have been recapped or regrooved
B
All of the above
C
Insure that the emergency roof hatches are fully closed
D
Close any open access panels (baggage, engine etc.)
Question 1 Explanation: 
Close any open access panels (baggage, engine etc.). Your front tires must NOT be recapped or regrooved. Emergency roof hatches may be locked in a partly open position for fresh air, although you should not leave them there are a regular practice
Question 2

Which of the following hazardous materials is FORBIDDEN to be transported
on a bus?

A
Small-arms ammunition (labeled ORM-D)
B
Tear gas
C
Emergency hospital supplies
D
All of the above
Question 2 Explanation: 
Tear gas. Buses must never carry division 2.3 poison gas, liquid class 6 poison, tear gas, or irritating material. Buses may carry small-arms ammunition (labeled ORM-D), emergency hospital supplies, and drugs.
Question 3

Which of the following hazardous materials is ALLOWED to be transported on
a bus?

A
Car batteries
B
All of the above
C
Liquid pesticides
D
Small-arms ammunition
Question 3 Explanation: 
Small-arms ammunition. Buses may carry small-arms ammunition (labeled ORMD), emergency hospital supplies, and drugs. Buses should never carry liquid class 6 poisons (such as pesticides). Also, buses should not allow riders to carry on common hazards such as car batteries or gasoline.
Question 4

The two-inch line on the floor behind the driver's seat is known as

A
Baggage line
B
Stand zone
C
Driver area line
D
Standee line
Question 4 Explanation: 
Standee line. Riders are not allowed to stand forward of the rear of the driver's seat. Buses that allow standing must have a "standee line" (two-inch line on the floor behind the driver's seat) to show passengers where they cannot stand.
Question 5

If you have a drunk or disruptive passenger, you should

A
Drop the person off at the next scheduled stop or a nearby safe well-lit area
B
Immediately stop the bus and discharge them
C
Make them sit in the front of the bus, behind the driver
D
None of the above
Question 5 Explanation: 
Drop the person off at the next scheduled stop or a nearby safe well-lit area. If you have a disruptive passenger, you must ensure their safety as well as the safety of others. You should not discharge the passenger immediately if the area is not a scheduled stop or a safe area.
Question 6

When dealing with a railroad crossing, you should

A
Open your forward door to look and listen for approaching train
B
Downshift while crossing the tracks
C
Stop 100 feet before the crossing
D
None of the above
Question 6 Explanation: 
Open your forward door to look and listen for approaching train. You should also stop between 15 and 50 feet before the railroad crossing and never change gears while crossing the tracks
Question 7

When approaching a drawbridge with no traffic light or attendant, you should

A
Exit your vehicle to insure that the drawbridge is closed
B
Stop at least 50 feet before the draw of the bridge
C
All of the above
D
Slow down and make sure it's safe
Question 7 Explanation: 
Stop at least 50 feet before the draw of the bridge. You are not required to exit your vehicle, but if there is no attendant, you should completely stop your vehicle (not just slow down) and insure that the drawbridge is closed
Question 8

Which of the following statements is FALSE regarding brake and accelerator
interlock systems?

A
The interlock applies the brakes when the rear door is open
B
The interlock releases when you close the rear door
C
You can use the interlock in place of the parking brake
D
The interlock holds the throttle in idle position when the rear door is open
Question 8 Explanation: 
You can use the interlock in place of the parking brake. The interlock is not a substitute for the parking brake - it is intended as an additional safety feature on some urban mass transit coaches
Question 9

Which of the following practices is recommended when you have passengers on
your bus?

A
Having conversations with your passengers to make the ride more enjoyable
B
Refueling in a closed building with passengers on board during cold or inclement weather
C
Requesting the passengers to leave the bus during refueling
D
Towing or pushing the bus with passengers on board
Question 9 Explanation: 
Requesting the passengers to leave the bus during refueling. You should avoid fueling your bus with passengers on board unless absolutely necessary
Question 10

If you are driving a bus around a banked curve, you should

A
Drive at the posted speed
B
Slow down if your bus leans toward the outside of the curve
C
Drive at the same speed as other traffic
D
Maintain your speed throughout the curve
Question 10 Explanation: 
Slow down if your bus leans toward the outside of the curve. You should reduce speed for curves even if other drivers don't. The posted speed is safe for cars, but may be too high for buses
Question 11

You must complete an after-trip vehicle inspection only if you failed to complete
a pre-trip inspection.

A
True
B
False
Question 11 Explanation: 
False. You have to complete an after trip inspection after every trip!
Question 12

Driving with the buses emergency roof hatches partly open does not effect the
clearance height of the bus.

A
True
B
False
Question 12 Explanation: 
False The clearance for all buses is measured with the emergency hatches fully closed
Question 13

When arriving at the destination or intermediate stops, which of the following
would you not announce?

A
Reason for stopping
B
Bus number
C
Next departure time
D
Miles to next destination
E
The location
Question 14

Posted speed limits were designed with buses in mind

A
False
B
True
Question 14 Explanation: 
False. Posted speed limits were not designed for trucks or buses.
Question 15

How far from a railroad crossing should you stop a passenger bus?

A
Stop your bus between 10 and 35 feet before railroad crossings
B
None of the above
C
Stop your bus between 20 and 50 feet before railroad crossings
D
Stop your bus between 5 and 25 feet before railroad crossings
E
Stop your bus between 15 and 50 feet before railroad crossings
Question 15 Explanation: 
Stop your bus 15 to 50 feet before railroad crossings. Open up the door and listen for any rail traffic.
Question 16

Under what circumstances must the emergency exit sign on an emergency door
be clearly visible?

A
When driving in hazardous conditions
B
When the bus is more than 75% full
C
All of them
D
When driving at night
Question 17

Once you are sure that all defects have been certified as repaired or not needing
repair, you should...?

A
Sign the next day's report
B
Sign an affidavit confirming this
C
Sign the previous driver's report
D
Sign a liability waiver for the operator
Question 18

The first thing you must do before driving your bus is to make sure that it is...?

A
The right color
B
All of these
C
Safe
D
Clean
Question 18 Explanation: 
Safe. Above all else the driver must ensure the vehicle is safe for the passengers and the public.
Question 19

You must have a 'P' endorsement on your license if you plan to drive a vehicle
carrying how many adult passengers, excluding the driver?

A
20+
B
15+
C
25+
D
10+
Question 20

Explosives may not be carried on a bus...?

A
In the cargo compartment
B
In the rear trunk
C
In the same space occupied by people
D
At all
Question 20 Explanation: 
You cannot transport explosives on a bus in the same area occupied by people.
Question 21

You do not need an endorsement on your license if you are planning, for
noncommercial purposes, only to carry...?

A
Any of these
B
Personal friends
C
Members of your family
D
Neighbors
Question 21 Explanation: 
If you only plan on carrying members of your own family, then you don't need a passenger endorsement.
Question 22

Baggage must be placed so that...?

A
. No one is going to be injured by falling baggage
B
The driver can move freely throughout the bus
C
All of these things apply
D
All riders can exit quickly in an emergency
Question 22 Explanation: 
Baggage may not hamper any human movement on the bus
Question 23

You must have an 'S' endorsement on your license if you plan to transport
students in a school bus that has a gross vehicle weight rating of more than...?

A
22,001 pounds
B
30,001 pounds
C
34,001 pounds
D
26,001 pounds
Question 23 Explanation: 
If you are transporting students and your vehicle gross weight is more than 26,001 lbs. Then you must have an 'S' endorsement
Question 24

You can identify hazardous materials by warning labels which will be what
shape?

A
Rectangular
B
Circular
C
Diamond
D
Square
Question 24 Explanation: 
Hazardous materials are labeled with diamond shaped warning labels.
Question 25

You must not allow riders on a bus to have carry-on baggage...?

A
Under their seats
B
In the aisles
C
On their laps
D
In overhead racks
Question 25 Explanation: 
Nothing can be placed in the aisles as that would hamper movement.
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About the Passenger CDL Test

The Passenger CDL test:

  • 20 questions.
  • You need 16 correct answers (80%).
  • You may be timed. Time limit varies by state. 

Many would consider the transportation of human passengers as the most demanding of driving jobs; not only are you still responsible for the safe operation of a commercial vehicle, but now you are responsible for the safe transportation of people as well as the other motorist on the road. If you plan on driving a vehicle that will transport sixteen people or more—including yourself—you must pass the Passenger Test.

The most common job that applicants for a Passenger endorsement seek is one with a bus company or a school bus driving job. You need to know if the type of bus you will be driving has air brakes, and if so, you will need to also pass the Air Brakes test.

If you are planning on working in one of the cities with combination vehicle buses, you will need to pass the Combination Vehicle test as well.

Class A Drivers caters to truck drivers, but we still recommend that you get the Passenger endorsement for your license. You never know where your driving career will take you, and you only benefit from being able to drive people as well as freight.

On the Passenger test, you will need to know many new areas of safety, and you will have questions covering the following topics:

  • Vehicle inspection
  • Vehicle systems
  • Access doors and panels
  • Bus interior
  • Roof hatches
  • Seatbelts
  • Loading and trip start
  • Hazardous materials on the bus
  • On the road
  • Railroad-highway crossings
  • After-trip vehicle inspection
  • Prohibited practices
  • Use of brake-door interlocks

Safety is always the number one priority, and as a CDL Passenger driver, you have even more responsibility. Be knowledgeable about and prepared to answer questions on a wide range of topics. What are some hazardous materials you can transport by bus? What is a standee line? When must you stop before crossing a drawbridge?

 

About The Author
Contributor: Luke Nold (Experienced truck driver for 5+ years and published writer for Fleet Magazine).

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