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Old 04-26-2018, 02:28 PM   #1
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Yellow paint job

Has anyone painted their bus a different shade of yellow? As long as it does not resemble school bus yellow and have the markings ,it should be legal right? I was thinking about doing a two tone paint job. White top and soft pastel yellow bottom
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Old 04-26-2018, 02:38 PM   #2
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all depends on the state.. Most states have it that the bus cant be 'national school bus yellow'.. but I would read the rules in your state as to whether they specify other illegal colors...
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Old 04-26-2018, 04:11 PM   #3
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Do you know which states say any color yellow for personal use is not permitted?
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Old 04-26-2018, 04:37 PM   #4
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Do you know which states say any color yellow for personal use is not permitted?
I seriously doubt you will find any state that says you can't paint your vehicle the safest color for a vehicle, Yellow. Every car manufacturer offers yellow cars in their line up, none are forbidden in any states.
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Old 04-26-2018, 05:18 PM   #5
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I seriously doubt you will find any state that says you can't paint your vehicle the safest color for a vehicle, Yellow. Every car manufacturer offers yellow cars in their line up, none are forbidden in any states.
The fact remains that you cannot have a yellow bus in many states, however "safe" people think that would be.

If you get a ticket for driving an illegal color, then you will have to prove it isn't "National School Bus Yellow". That could prove expensive and inconvenient.

Just a personal note here ...

I fully support states that demand a color change. American drivers are conditioned to give yellow buses a very wide berth, because their task is to transport our children.

I do not want to see that attitude watered down, in any way, by a belief that "It's just another RV conversion".

I want "Yellow Bus", to be seen as "School Bus" and I'm not happy that my state (Oklahoma), is one that doesn't demand a color change.
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Old 04-26-2018, 05:23 PM   #6
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I doubt you are going to have any issues with a 2 tone white and yellow bus(other than National School Bus Yellow). Although there is at least one dick officer on every force.
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I seriously doubt you will find any state that says you can't paint your vehicle the safest color for a vehicle, Yellow. Every car manufacturer offers yellow cars in their line up, none are forbidden in any states.
Official Code of Georgia, Section 40-8-116:
It shall be unlawful to operate:

(4) A vehicle which has been permanently converted from the purpose of transporting students to or from school or school activities without first having painted such vehicle some color other than the yellow required in subsection (b) of Code Section 40-8-110 and without having removed the stop arms, if any, and any other equipment required by Code Section 40-8-111.

(Section 40-8-110 dictates school buses must be National School Bus Chrome Yellow)
My belief is that you may paint a retired school bus yellow, as long as it is a different shade than "School Bus Yellow". The intent is to prevent confusion with an in-service school bus.
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Official Code of Georgia, Section 40-8-116:
It shall be unlawful to operate:

(4) A vehicle which has been permanently converted from the purpose of transporting students to or from school or school activities without first having painted such vehicle some color other than the yellow required in subsection (b) of Code Section 40-8-110 and without having removed the stop arms, if any, and any other equipment required by Code Section 40-8-111.

(Section 40-8-110 dictates school buses must be National School Bus Chrome Yellow)
My belief is that you may paint a retired school bus yellow, as long as it is a different shade than "School Bus Yellow". The intent is to prevent confusion with an in-service school bus.
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Anecdotally, in Florida, having a yellow bus seems to encourage people to drive even more rudely than they normally do. I've ridden motorcycles all my life and I'm used to people trying to kill me at every intersection, but in my short bus it seemed even worse. Like cutting off a bus is some new game that everyone is playing.
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In New Jersey no part of the bus can remain yellow if you want to change over the title to an RV. I'm not sure what the requirements are if I were to be using it as a work vehicle or personal transport, though.
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