Originally Posted by PNW_Steve
In most states, driving the bus home with all of the seats and registered as a bus does require a CDL.
The Problem isn't so much about your "home" state, it's when you cross state lines. The rules for trucking and CDL vehical requirements are very different from interstate (accross state lines) compared to intrastate (in state lines).
I know some folks may drive a CDL Bus home (I'm not judging so please don't take me the wrong way) without a CDL but keep this in mind.
1. If a DOT Officer or Cop pulls you over they are not likely to turn a blind eye. If the do, and you get into any kind of issue down the road that officer now has his butt in a sling.
2. If you get into an accident in a vehicle your not licensed for even if it's not your fault you could end up owning responsibility for the accident. (The idea that if you weren't there it wouldn't have happened. This has been done for driving past your hours).
3. Your insurance may contain a clause in it allowing them to deny (or someoneto legal tool), or not pay your claim if you are illegally operating a vehicle with out the proper training and so forth.
4. Lord forbid, but if you are involved in an accident and someone is injured or killed and you have any doubts about your skills...
That's not to mention any possible civil suits family's could bring against you.
I'm not a doom and gloom kind of guy, but I am a realist. Just be aware of the liability. If your comfortable with it then do what you can to minimize any risk.
I'm not an angel, when I drove over the road I used to color my logs with a 64-pack of color markers. My paperwork was always good to go at any time, but it was a choice I made and I made sure to minimize my risk I'm doing so. Now I have a job that when I'm out of hours, I get a hotel.
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