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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-09-05 04:36 PM
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Question about bus drivers license. CDL's and the S & P endorsements?
Edited on Fri Sep-09-05 04:42 PM by Lone_Star_Dem
What I want to know is if legally a CDL holder with a P endorsement could drive a school bus?

They used RTA buses to evacuate people to the Superdome. I assume that means the designated drivers held CDL's with a P (The P stands for passenger bus) endorsement.

In order to legally drive a school bus you have to hold a CDL with an S (S = school bus) endorsement.

To my knowledge they're not interchangeable. Does anyone know if this is correct?

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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-09-05 05:04 PM
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1. Interesting; here's a link to the Louisiana DMV site concerning CDL
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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-09-05 05:36 PM
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2. Depends on the passengers...
Edited on Fri Sep-09-05 05:37 PM by hootinholler
I'm not sure if you need the P if the bus is not for hire. If you were to buy a bus and just want to drive it around, then no CDL or endorsement would be required.

You do not need the S if you are not driving the school bus for a school related activity. If not used for school, then it's not a school bus, but just a bus, but the school markings and lights need to be covered also.

You also need the proper weight class of license, most buses are class B.

-Hoot
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