DOT Passenger Bus Regulations

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  • Every motor common carrier of passengers is subject to 49 U.S.C. subtitle IV.

  • DOT basic requirements that all passenger motor carriers must meet before they can be authorized to commence operations

  • Passenger carrier vehicles like limos, charter buses, or school buses, follow different FMCSA regulations

  • A vehicle shall not be put in motion until all passengers are seated, and all passengers must remain seated via regulations.

DOT Passenger Bus Regulations

DOT Passenger Bus Regulations

Do you need help understanding DOT passenger bus regulations? If so, please read the information below. This page features crucial criteria about DOT and FMCSA policies. This way, you and your carrier can know what to expect when operating a bus. If you have questions, do not hesitate to give our organization a phone call. Our DOT regulation team is standing by to assist you.


Understanding DOT & FMCSA Regulations: Passenger/Carrier

Understanding DOT & FMCSA Regulations: Passenger/Carrier

The DOT and FMCSA want you and your carrier to understand basic regulations. This way, your business can transport passengers while following the law. So, does your company transport any passenger using a bus, limousine or van? If so, it is crucial for you to browse the FMCSA online resource page. “FMCSA” refers to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The DOT is a central component of the FMCSA and other transportation divisions.


A key purpose of the FMCSA resource page is to provide advice to organizations. Many of them offer interstate passenger transportation services. In fact, the FMCSA website features different resources to assist organizations. This way, businesses can learn the basics of federal passenger carrier regulations. Then, your company must decide which regulations apply to them. Again, our own organization can walk you through these regulations. As a result, you can learn how to keep your bus services in DOT and FMCSA compliance.


FMCSA Recommended Steps To Understand DOT Bus Regulations

FMCSA Recommended Steps To Understand DOT Bus Regulations

Step one of learning about DOT and FMCSA regulations is to access the resource page. (Mentioned in the paragraph above.) This page features a bus regulation fact sheet. Use the fact sheet to know which federal passenger carrier regulations apply to you. Then, step two is to access specific fact sheets from the FMCSA website. For example, there is a Hotel-Related Transportation fact sheet. But there are others such as: Multi-Modal Passenger Transportation. Or, Employer-Related Transportation. The key is to read the fact sheet that connects to your bus-passenger business.


The FMCSA also has a step three for bus-related businesses transporting passengers. It recommends companies to review the FMCSA’s published Interpretive Rule. This rule addressed requirements and regulations for passenger transportation. You can find the Interpretive Rule on the official website of the FMCSA. If you have questions about this rule for passenger transportation, contact us. Our bus regulation experts are standing by to assist.

DOT Passenger Regulations

DOT Passenger Regulations

All DOT authorities provide passenger regulations through the FMCSA. These regulations apply to passenger carriers under the "for-hire carrier” criteria. Say that a passenger carrier gains compensation when transporting passengers. This means that the passenger carrier operates as a for-hire passenger carrier. Very few exemptions exist when it comes to for-hire passenger carriers.


Every for-hire passenger carrier within the interstate commerce sector must do the following. First, the carrier has to secure official FMCSA operating authority registration. This applies no matter how light or small each vehicle or bus is. Then, the passenger carrier must file minimum levels of insurance for each bus or vehicle. $1.5 million is the lowest policy for vehicles with 15 or fewer passengers. This includes the bus or vehicle driver. $5 million is the lowest policy for vehicles with 16 or more passengers. This also includes the bus or vehicle driver.


Next, your bus carrier will need to choose a specific process agent. So, what is a process agent? It is a person that receives court papers and legal documents. He or she does so on behalf of the bus or motor carrier. Remember, the above actions apply to all interstate passenger carriers or bus businesses. Here is how the FMCSA defines a passenger carrier. It is any vehicle or bus that transports individuals from a location to a separate location. The FMCSA and DOT divide bus and passenger carriers into two distinct categories. First, there are passenger carriers that transport no more than fifteen passengers. Then, there are passenger carriers transporting at least sixteen passengers.

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DOT Passenger Bus Regulations

Once again, we encourage you to contact the team with questions. Within minutes, we can assess your unique motor common carrier needs. Then, our experts can inform you of unique DOT and SEC regulations. These regulations will apply to your own interstate or intrastate bus company. As a result, you will know how to transport passengers while maintaining compliance. The DOT uses documents filled with dozens of pages. That is why we cannot list every DOT bus regulation on this web page. Instead, it is best for you to give us a call or even visit our facilities.


DOT Passenger Rule


The DOT and FMCSA express great concern about the notion of unauthorized passengers. Bus and vehicle operators cannot transport any unauthorized passengers. If that happens, a bus driver could face severe fines and penalties from the DOT. Keep in mind that unauthorized passengers are not exclusive with long-haul trucking. Say that the duration of a bus trip is very brief. The bus driver must still receive written authorization from an employer. This applies if the vehicle is not 100 percent authorized with the FMCSA. Again, the DOT is very strict about passengers riding in certain forms of a CMV.


Say that a driver needs special permission from a carrier to transport passengers. In that case, here is how FMCSA regulations work. First, an authorization has to feature the name of each passenger. It must also include the place where the transportation begins and ends. Plus, the bus driver has to write down the dates when the authorization becomes valid. But here is some good news. Written authorization will not need to get carried on board the bus or vehicle. Instead, it can stay on file with the motor carrier.


15 Passenger Van DOT Regulation 


Does your motor carrier operate commercial motor vehicles carrying 9 to 15 passengers? If so, does the carrier receive direct compensation for transporting each passenger? Say that you answered “yes” to both questions. This means that your carrier becomes subject to DOT and FMCSA safety standards. These standards refer to official Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. You can find the regulations in part 385 and parts 390 through 396 of the online document.


A carrier with the above designation must first register through the FMCSA. Then, each commercial vehicle or bus has to get marked with a certain number. This number refers to the USDOT identification number. The marking must also feature the trade name or legal name of the bus operator. This is a policy that refers to FMCSA section 390.21.


Now, say that your motor carrier operates 9-15 passenger-carrying buses or vehicles. But the bus carrier receives indirect compensation. (No matter how much distance gets traveled.) This means that the carrier has to register with the FMCSA and DOT. Then, the carrier must mark the bus or motor vehicle. Once again, the bus or vehicle will receive a USDOT identification number. Then, the bus carrier will need to maintain an accident register. Plus, the carrier will have to adhere to specific FMCSA bus/vehicle driving policies.


DOT Hours of Service for Passenger Carrier Vehicles


Are you familiar with the maximum daily hours of service for commercial bus drivers? If not, make sure that each bus driver at your carrier understands this crucial DOT policy. Plus, a bus driver cannot drive more than 12 hours after having 8 off-duty consecutive hours. Each bus driver also cannot drive after serving 15 hours of on-duty work. This notion follows eight consecutive hours of serving as an off-duty passenger driver.


DOT Passenger Bill of Rights


You might have heard of the USDOT Passenger Bill of Rights. This bill launched in July of 2022. But the bill does not affect passengers of commercial buses. Instead, the DOT created the bill only for airline passengers.


DOT Passenger Endorsement 


Almost every passenger vehicle driver needs to secure a CDL with a “P” endorsement. This applies when operating a vehicle that can transport at least ten people. (That number includes the driver.) Here are some common DOT passenger transportation vehicles. They include: a bus, general public paratransit vehicle, and a farm labor vehicle. 


Please contact our organization if you need help securing a DOT “P” endorsement. Or, any other endorsement that the DOT or FMCSA can provide to bus drivers. In most cases, you will need to pass a knowledge test to secure an endorsement. Then, you will need to also pass a DOT skills test so that you can operate a bus.


DOT Tire Regulation


Did you know that the DOT has tire regulations in place for bus and passenger drivers? These regulations correlate to official FMCSA safety standards. In most cases, the minimum depth of truck tires has to meet section §393.75 criteria. Please contact us to learn the exact dimensions of minimum depth tread for a passenger bus. This way, you or the bus drivers at your carrier can maintain DOT and FMCSA compliance. Remember, failing to use the right bus tires can result in severe fines and penalties.


Questions About Department of Transportation Regulations? Contact Us


Please pick up the phone and call our organization if you have any questions. Our experts are standing by to provide you with up-to-date compliance information. We can go over any regulation related to passenger buses. As a result, your carrier can experience DOT and FMCSA compliance. Plus, our organization can register your buses with both agencies. Our team looks forward to helping you understand DOT bus rules and regulations.