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Florida CDL Handbook: Coach/Transit Bus

With the Florida CDL Driver Handbook, you can study up on the issues that specifically relate to earning your CDL endorsement.

Florida CDL Handbook: Coach/Transit Bus

Table of Contents

11. Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection

11.5.1 - Passenger Items

Passenger Entry/Lift

  • 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.

Emergency Exits

  • 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.

Passenger Seating

  • 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

Level/Air Leaks

  • See that the vehicle is sitting level (front and rear), and if air-equipped, check for audible air leaks from the suspension system.

Fuel Tank(s)

  • 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.