To drive a “Private” Bus legally across state lines here is what I did.
Commercial Drivers license (CDL) Class B minimum with Passenger Endorsement
Any vehicle that can carry 16+ according to the title and Vehicle ID must be operated by a CDL holder even if the seats our ripped out.
I have heard of someone ripping the seats out and having the DMV re-register the bus as a truck. *
DOT number -BIG GREY AREA!
Without a DOT # you will have to convince an inspector that you are not involved in commerce (property or passenger) of any kind.
Driving an empty bus would be for Transporting it elsewhere.
Why -It’s required due to vehicle type (bus), seat capacity (more than 15) and size (26K+lbs GVWR) even if you not doing commercial work. *The only people exempt is Governement. *
The only time it's not required in a large vehicle is a Motorhome.
If you have a private truck and only hauling your own product there are exceptions however bus never meet that if you cross a state line.
-Posted on both sides legible at 50’
Hours of Service -Even when Private (Vehicle 10,001lbs or above and Designed to carry 16+ occupants)
You do not have to keep a Log Book §395.8(a) (Page 9 on link below)
You don’t have to keep a log book but if you in an accident they can look at any documentation (receipts) to determine if you are following Hours of Service or driving illegal.
You do have to follow them.
10hrs driving in a 15hr period then 8hr off duty before another 10hr drive period.
Passenger HOS not Property
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