Drivers, whether paid or volunteer, must have a commercial driver's license (CDL) if they operate a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight greater than 26,000 pounds or a vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver.
Most church bus drivers will take a 50-question general knowledge test.
The skills test takes one to two hours and includes a pre-trip inspection and a road test in the type of vehicle you plan to drive. The driver is responsible to supply his or her own vehicle.
If you have experience driving a church bus or large passenger van, you may not have to take the skills test. To waive the requirement, you must have a good driving record and document that you have driven the vehicle for a period of at least two years.
Generally, you will pay $10 to $60 for a four-year CDL, depending on your state. Additional fees may be charged for the road skills test.
The penalties for driving a church bus, large passenger van, or other commercial vehicle without a CDL can be severe. Your ministry or your driver risk:
All states are connected to one computer system that monitors CDL driving records.
Well-trained drivers, teamed with a regular bus maintenance program, greatly reduce the likelihood of a church vehicle accident. Commercial driver's license standards will assist organizations in their efforts to screen and train those responsible for transporting children and adults.
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