Chp Practice Test For School Bus Drivers!

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Chp Practice Test For School Bus Drivers! - Quiz

This quiz is developed to help school bus drivers study and prepare for the California Special Drivers Certificate (School Bus Certificate) exam given by the local California Highway Patrol Officer. The material covered in this practice test is derived from the following study guides: West County Transportation Agency School Bus Drivers Classroom Manual, Passenger Transportation Safety Handbook 82.7, California Commercial Driver Handbook, and California Driver Handbook.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The maximum speed limit for a school bus transporting Pupils is:

    • A.

      65 MPH

    • B.

      60 MPH

    • C.

      55 MPH

    • D.

      50 MPH

    Correct Answer
    C. 55 MPH
    Explanation
    The maximum speed limit for a school bus transporting pupils is 55 MPH. This speed limit is set to ensure the safety of the children on board and to prevent accidents. School buses are larger and heavier than most vehicles on the road, so it is important to drive at a moderate speed to maintain control and react to any potential hazards. By adhering to the 55 MPH speed limit, drivers can help protect the lives of the children and ensure a safe journey to and from school.

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  • 2. 

    A Type 2 school bus is designed to carry:

    • A.

      Only 16 passengers including the driver

    • B.

      More than 16 passengers and the driver

    • C.

      Not more than 16 passengers and the driver

    • D.

      Not more than 16 passengers including individuals confined to wheelchairs

    Correct Answer
    C. Not more than 16 passengers and the driver
    Explanation
    A Type 2 school bus is designed to carry not more than 16 passengers and the driver. This means that the maximum capacity of the bus is 16 passengers, including the driver. It is important to adhere to this limit for safety reasons and to ensure that there is enough space and seating for everyone on board.

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  • 3. 

    Air Leakage with the engine stopped and the air pressure at governor cut out shall not exceed the following rates: With brakes released (static test)___PSI per minute. With brakes applied (applied test)___PSI per minute.

    • A.

      1 / 2 PSI

    • B.

      2 / 2 PSI

    • C.

      2 / 3 PSI

    • D.

      3 / 4 PSI

    Correct Answer
    C. 2 / 3 PSI
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 2 / 3 PSI. This means that during the static test, when the brakes are released, the air leakage rate should not exceed 2 PSI per minute. And during the applied test, when the brakes are applied, the air leakage rate should not exceed 3 PSI per minute. This is important to ensure that there is no excessive air leakage which could affect the performance and safety of the braking system.

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  • 4. 

    On the first occurrence that a school bus driver fails to maintain their required training, proof of receiving the training must be submitted to the local CHP office within:

    • A.

      10 days

    • B.

      20 days

    • C.

      30 days

    • D.

      45 days

    Correct Answer
    C. 30 days
    Explanation
    If a school bus driver fails to maintain their required training for the first time, they must submit proof of receiving the training within 30 days to the local CHP office. This means that they have a maximum of 30 days to provide the necessary documentation to show that they have completed the required training. Failing to do so within this timeframe may result in consequences or penalties for the driver.

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  • 5. 

    A driver shall not drive when his/her ability to operate a vehicle safely is adversely affected by:

    • A.

      Fatigue

    • B.

      Illness

    • C.

      Any other cause

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "All of the above" because a driver should not drive when their ability to operate a vehicle safely is adversely affected by fatigue, illness, or any other cause. Fatigue can impair a driver's reaction time and decision-making skills, increasing the risk of accidents. Illness can also affect a driver's physical and mental capabilities, making it unsafe to drive. Additionally, any other cause that adversely affects a driver's ability to operate a vehicle safely, such as medication side effects or intoxication, should also be avoided.

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  • 6. 

    The DMV may refuse to issue or renew, or may suspend or revoke the school bus certificate for the following reasons:

    • A.

      The term of the medical has expired

    • B.

      Habitually uses drugs or alcohol

    • C.

      Been involved in 3 accidents in the last 12 months

    • D.

      Unsafe operation of a school bus

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. The term of the medical has expired
    Explanation
    The DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) has the authority to refuse to issue or renew, or to suspend or revoke a school bus certificate for various reasons, including but not limited to an expired medical term, habitual drug or alcohol use, involvement in multiple accidents within a specified period, and unsafe operation of a school bus.

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  • 7. 

    At a minimum, school buses shall carry one or two fire extinguishers having an aggregate rating of not less than:

    • A.

      4 BC

    • B.

      6 BC

    • C.

      8 BC

    • D.

      !0 BC

    Correct Answer
    C. 8 BC
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 8 BC. This means that school buses should have fire extinguishers with a combined rating of at least 8 BC. This rating indicates the extinguisher's ability to put out a fire involving flammable liquids such as gasoline or oil. The higher the BC rating, the larger the fire the extinguisher can handle. Therefore, it is important for school buses to have fire extinguishers with an adequate rating to ensure the safety of the passengers in case of a fire emergency.

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  • 8. 

    In a school bus the driver shall not allow the transportation of:

    • A.

      Alcoholic beverages

    • B.

      Food

    • C.

      Soft Drinks

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Alcoholic beverages
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Alcoholic beverages" because it is against the law and school policies to transport any form of alcohol on a school bus. The safety and well-being of the students is the top priority, and allowing alcoholic beverages on the bus could lead to potential harm or dangerous situations. Therefore, the driver must strictly prohibit the transportation of alcoholic beverages on the school bus.

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  • 9. 

    Weapons and other hazardous materials may not be carried on a school bus except:

    • A.

      Loaded and or concealed firearms carried by peace or special police officer or persons with a weapons permit.

    • B.

      Starter pistols not capable of expelling a projectile

    • C.

      Oxygen medically prescribed

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    This answer is correct because it states that all of the options mentioned in the question are exceptions to the rule that weapons and hazardous materials are not allowed on a school bus. The exceptions include loaded and concealed firearms carried by peace or special police officers or persons with a weapons permit, starter pistols that cannot expel a projectile, and medically prescribed oxygen. Therefore, all of the above options are allowed on a school bus despite being weapons or hazardous materials.

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  • 10. 

    A driver of a school bus, youth bus, and SPAB shall refuse to transport dogs or other animals except for:

    • A.

      Guide Dogs

    • B.

      Service Dogs

    • C.

      Signal Dogs

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The driver of a school bus, youth bus, and SPAB should refuse to transport dogs or other animals, except for guide dogs, service dogs, and signal dogs. These types of dogs are specifically trained to assist individuals with disabilities and are allowed to accompany them on public transportation for their safety and independence. Therefore, the correct answer is "All of the above" because all three types of dogs mentioned (guide dogs, service dogs, and signal dogs) are exceptions to the rule.

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  • 11. 

    Smoking is permitted in a school bus when:

    • A.

      No pupil is aboard

    • B.

      No adults are present

    • C.

      When requested by a parent

    • D.

      Never

    Correct Answer
    D. Never
    Explanation
    Smoking on school buses is prohibited at all times to protect the health of passengers and comply with public health laws. This rule applies regardless of whether pupils, adults, or no one is on the bus, and it cannot be overridden by parental requests. Correct answer: Never (D).

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  • 12. 

    A school bus shall not be put in motion until:

    • A.

      All passengers are seated

    • B.

      Headlamps are lighted

    • C.

      The doors are closed

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    According to the given options, a school bus shall not be put in motion until all passengers are seated, headlamps are lighted, and the doors are closed. This means that all three conditions must be met before the bus can start moving. It is important to ensure the safety of the passengers by having them seated, to ensure visibility by having the headlamps lighted, and to secure the bus by having the doors closed. Therefore, all of the above options must be fulfilled before the school bus can be put in motion.

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  • 13. 

    When warning devices are placed on a two-lane highway because of a disabled vehicle, place reflectors:

    • A.

      10 feet, 100 feet and 200 feet to the rear

    • B.

      100 feet in front, 10 feet, and 500 feet to the rear

    • C.

      10 feet front or rear, 100 feet in front, and 200 feet to the rear

    • D.

      10 feet front or rear, 100 feet in front, and 100 feet to the rear

    Correct Answer
    D. 10 feet front or rear, 100 feet in front, and 100 feet to the rear
    Explanation
    Reflectors should be placed 10 feet in front or rear of the disabled vehicle to warn approaching traffic. Additionally, reflectors should be placed 100 feet in front of the disabled vehicle to provide advance warning, and 100 feet to the rear to warn traffic from behind. This placement of reflectors helps to ensure the safety of both approaching and following vehicles on the two-lane highway.

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  • 14. 

    School Bus evacuations shall be conducted:

    • A.

      Every six (6) months

    • B.

      Every year

    • C.

      Every two (2) years

    • D.

      Never

    Correct Answer
    B. Every year
    Explanation
    School bus evacuations should be conducted every year to ensure that students and staff are prepared and familiar with the evacuation procedures in case of an emergency. Conducting regular drills helps to reinforce safety protocols and allows for any necessary updates or adjustments to be made. By practicing evacuations annually, schools can ensure that everyone involved is well-prepared and can respond effectively in the event of an actual emergency situation.

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  • 15. 

    The driver of a school bus shall operate the flashing red signal (cross-over) Lamps:

    • A.

      At times when children (12th grade or below) are loading or unloading and crossing the highway upon which the school bus is stopped

    • B.

      When escorting pupils who attend an” elementary” school

    • C.

      At all times when loading or unloading students unless the stop is exempt from the use of red-lights

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. At all times when loading or unloading students unless the stop is exempt from the use of red-lights
    Explanation
    The correct answer states that the driver of a school bus shall operate the flashing red signal lamps at all times when loading or unloading students unless the stop is exempt from the use of red-lights. This means that the driver is required to activate the flashing red signal lamps whenever students are getting on or off the bus, unless there is a specific exemption for that particular stop. This is an important safety measure to alert other drivers on the road that children are present and to ensure their safety while crossing the highway.

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  • 16. 

    All school bus stops made for receiving and discharging pupils shall be designated by the:

    • A.

      California Highway Patrol

    • B.

      California Department of Education

    • C.

      School District Superintendent

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. School District Superintendent
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "School District Superintendent." The school district superintendent is responsible for designating all school bus stops for receiving and discharging pupils. This ensures that the bus stops are strategically located and safe for students to board and disembark from the school bus. The California Highway Patrol and California Department of Education may have roles in overseeing and enforcing regulations related to school bus transportation, but the actual designation of bus stops is the responsibility of the school district superintendent.

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  • 17. 

    A collision between a vehicle and any pupil or the bus driver while the pupil or driver is crossing the highway when the school bus flashing, red signal (cross-over) lamps are required to be operated is classified as a:

    • A.

      Non school bus accident

    • B.

      School bus accident

    • C.

      School bus accident only if the driver was involved

    • D.

      School bus accident only if the student was in involved

    Correct Answer
    B. School bus accident
    Explanation
    A collision between a vehicle and any pupil or the bus driver while the pupil or driver is crossing the highway when the school bus flashing, red signal (cross-over) lamps are required to be operated is classified as a school bus accident. This is because the accident involves a school bus and occurs when the bus's red signal lamps are activated, indicating that the bus is in the process of picking up or dropping off students. The involvement of the driver or student is not specified in the question, so it is not a determining factor in classifying the accident as a school bus accident.

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  • 18. 

    At the completion of the driver’s work or tour of duty, each driver shall:

    • A.

      Submit a daily written report indicating the condition of the vehicle.

    • B.

      Submit a written report if any repairs are deemed necessary.

    • C.

      Both A and B.

    • D.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    C. Both A and B.
    Explanation
    At the completion of the driver's work or tour of duty, the driver is required to submit a daily written report indicating the condition of the vehicle. This report is important as it provides a record of the vehicle's condition at the end of the driver's shift. Additionally, the driver is also required to submit a written report if any repairs are deemed necessary. This report ensures that any necessary repairs are communicated to the appropriate personnel, allowing for timely maintenance and ensuring the vehicle's safety and functionality. Therefore, the correct answer is both A and B.

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  • 19. 

    The driver of a school bus shall not drive more than ___ hours within a work period or drive after ___ consecutive hours have elapsed since first reporting for duty:

    • A.

      8 / 12

    • B.

      10 / 16

    • C.

      12 / 15

    • D.

      12 / 16

    Correct Answer
    B. 10 / 16
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 10 / 16. According to regulations, the driver of a school bus should not drive more than 10 hours within a work period or drive after 16 consecutive hours have elapsed since first reporting for duty. This is to ensure that the driver gets sufficient rest and does not become fatigued, which could compromise the safety of the passengers on the bus.

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  • 20. 

    Unless the driver of a school bus or SPAB is the mechanic charged with the care and  maintenance of the bus, the driver shall not make any repairs of the bus or its equipment except  

    • A.

      Minor repairs

    • B.

      Emergency repairs on the road

    • C.

      Necessary emergency repairs on the road

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Necessary emergency repairs on the road
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "necessary emergency repairs on the road". This is because the statement specifies that the driver of a school bus or SPAB (School Pupil Activity Bus) is only allowed to make repairs if they are necessary emergency repairs on the road. This means that the driver can only fix issues that are essential for the safety and operation of the bus in emergency situations while on the road.

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  • 21. 

    Which state agency is responsible for adopting reasonable rules and regulations designed to promote the safe operation of school buses.

    • A.

      Department of Motor Vehicles

    • B.

      Department of Education

    • C.

      Department of Transportation

    • D.

      California Highway Patrol

    Correct Answer
    D. California Highway Patrol
    Explanation
    The California Highway Patrol is responsible for adopting reasonable rules and regulations designed to promote the safe operation of school buses. As a state agency focused on traffic safety and law enforcement, the California Highway Patrol has the expertise and authority to establish guidelines and standards that ensure the safe transportation of students on school buses. Their role includes setting standards for driver qualifications, vehicle maintenance, and overall safety protocols to protect the well-being of students while they are being transported to and from school.

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  • 22. 

    When shall a school bus driver use an approved hand-held stop sign while escorting students across a road?

    • A.

      While escorting elementary age pupils

    • B.

      When high school age pupils are crossing the roadway

    • C.

      At all times when pupils pre-Kindergarten, kindergarten, or any grades 1 to 8 are crossing the roadway.

    • D.

      At all times, when escorting pupils across a roadway

    Correct Answer
    C. At all times when pupils pre-Kindergarten, kindergarten, or any grades 1 to 8 are crossing the roadway.
    Explanation
    At all times when pupils pre-Kindergarten, kindergarten, or any grades 1 to 8 are crossing the roadway - This option is comprehensive for younger age groups who are most at risk and would benefit significantly from the visible safety measures provided by the use of a hand-held stop sign.

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  • 23. 

    A school bus while being used for transportation of persons other than pupils to or from school or school-related activities must have:

    • A.

      School bus signs covered

    • B.

      Flashing red-lights covered

    • C.

      Amber warning lights covered

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    When a school bus is being used to transport persons other than pupils to or from school or school-related activities, it is required to have certain safety measures in place. This includes covering the school bus signs, flashing red-lights, and amber warning lights. By covering these signs and lights, it indicates that the bus is not currently being used for its designated purpose and helps prevent confusion or potential hazards on the road. Therefore, all of the above options must be followed in such situations.

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  • 24. 

    When a pupil is aboard the driver of a school bus shall not leave the driver’s compartment without first:

    • A.

      Stopping the engine and effectively setting the parking brakes.

    • B.

      Removing the ignition keys, which shall remain in the driver’s possession?

    • C.

      Placing the transmission in first, reverse, park, or neutral for automatic transmissions that do not have a park position.

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    When a pupil is aboard the driver of a school bus must take certain precautions before leaving the driver's compartment. These precautions include stopping the engine and setting the parking brakes, removing the ignition keys and keeping them with the driver, and placing the transmission in the appropriate position (first, reverse, park, or neutral) for automatic transmissions that do not have a park position. All of these actions are necessary to ensure the safety and security of the pupils on the bus.

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  • 25. 

    It is unlawful for anyone to require a driver to drive a school bus that is not in safe operating condition except for:

    • A.

      California Motor Carrier Specialist

    • B.

      School Bus Mechanic

    • C.

      California Highway Patrol

    • D.

      None of the Above

    Correct Answer
    D. None of the Above
    Explanation
    This question asks who is exempt from the law that prohibits requiring a driver to operate an unsafe school bus. The correct answer is "None of the Above" because there is no exception to this law. It is unlawful for anyone, including California Motor Carrier Specialists, School Bus Mechanics, and the California Highway Patrol, to require a driver to operate a school bus that is not in safe operating condition.

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  • 26. 

    The driver of a school bus, SPAB bus, or youth bus shall not eject any school pupil unless the pupil is given into the custody of:

    • A.

      Transportation Supervisor

    • B.

      School Official

    • C.

      Peace Officer

    • D.

      Parent, or any person designated by the parent or school

    Correct Answer
    D. Parent, or any person designated by the parent or school
    Explanation
    The driver of a school bus, SPAB bus, or youth bus is responsible for the safety and well-being of the students on board. They are not allowed to eject any school pupil unless they are given into the custody of a responsible adult. This can be the Transportation Supervisor, a School Official, a Peace Officer, or a Parent, or any person designated by the parent or school. This ensures that the student is released to someone who is authorized and capable of taking care of them after they leave the bus.

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  • 27. 

    No motor carrier shall permit or require a driver, regardless of the number of motor carriers using the driver services, to drive nor shall any driver drive for any period after being on duty for:

    • A.

      40 hours in any 6 consecutive days

    • B.

      60 hours in any 8 consecutive days

    • C.

      70 hours in any 7 consecutive days

    • D.

      80 hours in any 8 consecutive days

    Correct Answer
    D. 80 hours in any 8 consecutive days
    Explanation
    This answer is correct because it states that a driver cannot drive for more than 80 hours in any 8 consecutive days. This regulation is in place to ensure driver safety and prevent fatigue-related accidents. It sets a limit on the number of hours a driver can be on duty and drive to prevent exhaustion and maintain alertness on the road. By enforcing this rule, motor carriers can prioritize the well-being of their drivers and promote safer transportation practices.

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  • 28. 

    When can strobe lights legally be used?

    • A.

      When the visibility is less than 500 feet

    • B.

      When the visibility is less than 400 feet

    • C.

      When the visibility is less than 300 feet

    • D.

      When the visibility is less than 250 feet

    Correct Answer
    A. When the visibility is less than 500 feet
    Explanation
    Strobe lights can legally be used when the visibility is less than 500 feet. This is because strobe lights are used to increase visibility and alert other drivers of a potential hazard. When visibility is reduced to less than 500 feet, such as in heavy rain, fog, or snow, using strobe lights can help improve safety on the road by making the vehicle more visible to others.

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  • 29. 

    During hours of darkness the driver shall ensure that the interior of the bus is sufficiently lighted:

    • A.

      When the driver observes any hanky panky

    • B.

      When passengers enter and exit the bus

    • C.

      At all times with passengers aboard

    • D.

      To accommodate the passengers as long as the light does not interfere with the driver’s vision

    Correct Answer
    B. When passengers enter and exit the bus
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "When passengers enter and exit the bus." This means that the driver should ensure that the interior of the bus is sufficiently lighted when passengers are getting on or off the bus. This is important for the safety and convenience of the passengers, as it helps them see where they are going and avoid any potential hazards.

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  • 30. 

    If you are convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol you shall lose your school bus certificate for a period of not less than:

    • A.

      1 year

    • B.

      2 years

    • C.

      3 years

    • D.

      7 years

    Correct Answer
    C. 3 years
    Explanation
    If a person is convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they will lose their school bus certificate for a period of not less than 3 years. This means that they will be unable to operate a school bus for at least 3 years as a consequence of their conviction.

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