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Old 03-01-2017, 03:34 PM   #1
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Until you get the title transferred your required to have a cdl to drive the bus. How did you guys get your bus home or to wherever you were working on it?
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Old 03-01-2017, 03:35 PM   #2
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Until you get the title transferred your required to have a cdl to drive the bus. How did you guys get your bus home or to wherever you were working on it?
I just drive them home, I don't even care about tags anymore. I make sure and have a valid insurance for private use.
No one even looks at a yellow school bus.
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Old 03-01-2017, 03:43 PM   #3
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I just drive them home, I don't even care about tags anymore. I make sure and have a valid insurance for private use.
No one even looks at a yellow school bus.
What he said!

I have moved a lot of buses around over the years and most weight cops don't want to bother a yellow bus for any reason.

Where you will run afoul of the paper pushers is if you ever get caught up in an emphasis patrol where they are stopping all buses and trucks.

You might skate on by and not get in trouble if you do get stopped later by pleading ignorance--"Officer, what do you mean I had to stop. This is going to be my RV..."
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Old 03-01-2017, 04:08 PM   #4
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In most states, driving the bus home with all of the seats and registered as a bus does require a CDL.

However, like ECCB and CowlitzCoach say, most of us simply drive quietly home and have not had any trouble.

Take some advice from the drug smugglers: Break one law at a time.

If you are driving a seated bus and you don't have a CDL them make certain that all required equipment is functional and correct. Lights, signals, tires etc. Don't speed. Signal turns and so on.

Don't create a reason to get pulled over.

Just my $0.02..

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Old 03-01-2017, 04:37 PM   #5
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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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Old 03-01-2017, 05:01 PM   #6
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I just drove my second bus home... it still said 'SCHOOL BUS' all over it.. and blended into the background like all the other 100s of yellow Busses out on the road...

Real school bus drivers waved at me and all
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Old 03-01-2017, 05:12 PM   #7
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Trying to take my CDL for work purposes, not for the bus but will sure help with knowledge. just follow the map!
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Old 03-01-2017, 06:31 PM   #8
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i read your question wrong, I left out the part where you said before title transfer.

I would agree with eastcoast to just drive the thing with temp insurance and go. I bought mine from a sheriff and he was fully willing to let me just drive off with the thing without checking any papers from me at all.

He handed the title over the day i bought the bus in person though, so with my car i quickly went to the DMV, switched over title to myself which could no longer have the school bus plates to the nearest thing they could which was cheap farm plates. I then went back to the bus with my temporary progressive insurance and farm plates. I put the farm plates in the window and took off. no questions were really ever asked from anyone. hope your time goes smooth!
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Old 03-01-2017, 06:32 PM   #9
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Two months ago, I drove my bus home 500+ miles home with a 2015 tag on it. No problem.
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Old 03-01-2017, 06:35 PM   #10
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Two months ago, I drove my bus home 500+ miles home with a 2015 tag on it. No problem.
Was the tag FOR the bus? cause its better to have no tag than to use the wrong/fake one.
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