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Bureau of Driver Licensing; School Buses, 15 or Less Passengers, May Not Be Used for Commercial Driver's License Skills Testing

[48 Pa.B. 7356]
[Saturday, November 24, 2018]

 The Department of Transportation, Bureau of Driver Licensing, to meet Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requirements, is clarifying testing standards for school bus driver skills tests, as follows:

 Effective immediately, any driver who wishes to obtain a Class C Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with the passenger endorsement must successfully complete a commercial skills test in a passenger vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers including the driver.

 A person who passed a commercial skills test in a school bus designed to transport 11 to 15 passengers including the driver would previously be issued a Class C CDL with a passenger endorsement. While the Commonwealth's definition of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) includes 11 to 15 passenger school buses, Federal regulations would not define such a vehicle as a CMV. Thus, an 11 to 15 passenger school bus would not meet the Federal requirement of testing in a representative vehicle.

 Therefore, a school bus designed to transport 11 to 15 passengers including the driver cannot be used for a commercial skills test in this Commonwealth. A commercial skills test administered in an 11 to 15 passenger school bus will not be considered a valid test nor will the applicant be licensed as a Class C commercial driver.

LESLIE S. RICHARDS, 
Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 18-1838. Filed for public inspection November 21, 2018, 9:00 a.m.]



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