Florida CDL Handbook: Coach/Transit Bus
11. Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection
- 11.1. All Vehicles
- 11.2. External Inspection (School Bus/Truck/Tractor)
- 11.3. School Bus Only
- 11.4. Trailer
- 11.5. Coach/Transit Bus
- 11.6. Taking the CDL Pre-trip Inspection Test
11.5.1 - Passenger Items
- Check that entry doors operate smoothly and close securely from the inside.
- Check that hand rails are secure and, if equipped, that the step light(s) are working.
- Check that the entry steps are clear, with the treads not loose or worn excessively.
- If equipped with a handicap lift, look for any leaking, damaged or missing part, and explain how it should be checked for correct operation.
- Lift should be fully retracted and latched securely.
- Make sure that all emergency exits are not damaged, operate smoothly, and close securely from the inside.
- Check that any emergency exit warning devices are working.
- Look for broken seat frames and check that seat frames are firmly attached to the floor.
- Check that seat cushions are attached securely to the seat frames.
11.5.2 - Entry/ Exit
- Check that entry/exit doors are not damaged and operate smoothly from the outside. Hinges should be secure with seals intact.
- Make sure that the passenger exit mirrors and all external mirrors and mirror brackets are not damaged and are mounted securely with no loose fittings.
11.5.3 - External Inspection of Coach/ Transit Bus
- See that the vehicle is sitting level (front and rear), and if air-equipped, check for audible air leaks from the suspension system.
- See that fuel tank(s) are secure with no leaks from tank(s) or lines.
- Check that baggage and all other exterior compartment doors are not damaged, operate properly, and latch securely.
- Wherever located, see that battery(s) are secure, connections are tight, and cell caps are present.
- Battery connections should not show signs of excessive corrosion.
- Check that battery box and cover or door is not damaged and is secure.
11.5.4 - Remainder of Coach/ Transit Bus
Remainder of Vehicle
- Please refer to Section 11.2 of this manual for detailed inspection procedures regarding the wheels.
Remember, the pre-trip vehicle inspection must be passed before you can proceed to the basic vehicle control skills test.
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