School Bus

Can drivers with the appropriate class CDL and "P" endorsement (but no "S" endorsement) drive a Type I School Bus to the exam location? Do school bus lights and signs need to be covered?

Yes. They don't need to be accompanied by a licensed CDL operator with an "S" endorsement. School bus signs and lights do not need to be covered.

Who needs to comply with CDL driver requirements and regulations?

School contractors need to be in compliance with all CDL driver qualification requirements and regulations (FMCSR 391). It should be noted while there is an exemption for "to and from school" operation, there is no such exemption for trips performed by contractors. School transportation performed by a state or political subdivision of a state (i.e., municipalities) are exempt from some CDL requirements.

What paperwork needs to be maintained by school transportation coordinators?

  • Copies of physicals (to include vision and hearing screening),
  • Initial 3-year driving record,
  • Documentation indicating all students are participating in emergency evacuations twice a year, and
  • Records of vehicle pre-trip inspections.

Contractors also need to be in compliance with all CDL driver qualification requirements and regulations (FMCSR 391).

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