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Old 11-07-2013, 04:22 PM   #1
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Yellow bus illegal where?

I hope this is the right forum. I'm back to looking for a bus. Found one I liked in Michigan. In asking questions thru email, I found it's illegal for a bus NOT registered to a school district to be driven on the roads. Now, this is a great thing to learn before my purchase...I got lucky. I've heard this about other states. Does anyone know of a list of states that have laws such as this one?

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Old 11-07-2013, 05:33 PM   #2
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Cover the school districts name,cover any mention of bus tape front red lights and you should be fine to get it home....black paint or tape will work for this.....they don't want parents etc to misake it for a real bus
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Old 11-08-2013, 07:30 AM   #3
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In Maryland if it is yellow and not registered to a school district, you cannot drive it. It must be towed. I filled out the form saying I already painted it and got a temp tag and drove it anyway, but just to were I was going to paint it. I did not drive it again until it was done.
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Old 11-08-2013, 08:08 AM   #4
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Re: Yellow bus illegal where?

I also bought mine on a Friday after lunch, so on my trip home there were buses everywhere

So I was kinda camoflauged...mine still had all the markings...I just drove it, no way for cops to know better; since the drivers were going to the schools and then loaded with kids and dropping off
That gave me a 4hr window
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Old 11-08-2013, 08:42 PM   #5
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Re: Yellow bus illegal where?

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I also bought mine on a Friday after lunch, so on my trip home there were buses everywhere

So I was kinda camoflauged...mine still had all the markings...I just drove it, no way for cops to know better; since the drivers were going to the schools and then loaded with kids and dropping off
That gave me a 4hr window
This is what I did too.

Good to see others thinks the same way.

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Re: Yellow bus illegal where?

Illegal in South Dakota to drive a YELLOW school bus unregistered by as school district. School Bus Yellow anyway.
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Old 12-15-2013, 10:58 AM   #7
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Re: Yellow bus illegal where?

To the best of my knowledge there is no issues with a bus being yellow in Texas. I think you have to black out the school district name or make it so that you just cant pull up to a school and have the ability to pick up kids. I would also imagine you would need to disable the stop sign and lights on the bus so that you wont disrupt traffic by doing things you shouldn't be doing when its a private bus.
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Re: Yellow bus illegal where?

I checked with the local dmv office before I bought our bus in Wisconsin. (It was a 2 1/2 hr drive within Wisconsin so I didn't want to take any chances)
I was told I could drive it directly home "as is" in yellow/ w/school markings as long as I put signs in the window that said "IN TRANSIT".
Once I got it home, to register it, I had to have it inspected to verify the yellow and other markings were gone.
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You're good to go in Montana....regardless of color.
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Re: Yellow bus illegal where?

In Colorado last week, plated our 81 short bus with collector plates as a truck after the supervisor took a look at it via text from the clerks phone... That was an ordeal, but we're happy with the outcome.

Fair to say the bus may be yellow in CO? They didn't even mention it. We're thinking of 'restoring' it and going with the C OOL BUS theme... Of course D/C the 8 lamp lights and stop arm, except for when there's a reason to use them at a gathering or in the driveway...
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