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Old 07-30-2010, 10:45 PM   #1
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Q. Is it illegal to drive a "school" bus in Texas?

The guy who sold me the bus warned me to cover up the word "school"
when travelling thru Texas. That or risk an approx $300 fine.
Has anybody heard of this? Is there any other states
where that would be illegal?
I can't imagine what the charge is. Impersonating a school bus?
My bus has no rust, looks awesome and it just says "SCHOOL OPERATOR"
on the sides (and school bus on the front and rear).
We like it and want to paint it later when it needs a paint job.
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:18 PM   #2
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Re: Q. Is it illegal to drive a "school" bus in Texas?

I legally had to cover any words related to "school". I just took a spray bomb to it and called it good. I believe you have to do that anywhere, unless you are actually using it for school purposes.
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Old 08-01-2010, 01:54 PM   #3
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Re: Q. Is it illegal to drive a "school" bus in Texas?

i think it might even be worse then that. i think i heard somewhere in the forum that it cant even be school bus yellow.
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Old 08-23-2010, 02:33 PM   #4
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Re: Q. Is it illegal to drive a "school" bus in Texas?

the reason it can't say school bus, operator or be painted yellow: some sick-o pervert would go buy a bus and start picking kids up.
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:22 PM   #5
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Re: Q. Is it illegal to drive a "school" bus in Texas?

you can do a lot of things and blend in for a long time. But when you finally get the ticket you will see that usually its cheaper just to fix the problem.

Why would you want to drive with that ugly yellow on a bus anyways?
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Old 08-31-2010, 11:07 PM   #6
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Re: Q. Is it illegal to drive a "school" bus in Texas?

you can paint over the required areas in 5 minutes
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Old 09-19-2010, 12:04 PM   #7
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Re: Q. Is it illegal to drive a "school" bus in Texas?

Why not just paint a few "well-placed" black (or other complementary colour) stripes on it... Don't just cover up the "school" signs but the whole strip and "stripe" the rub rails... cheap roller paint job
http://www.rickwrench.com/index79mas...llarpaint.html http://rolledon.forummotion.com/
As for the Safety yellow. Why can a car be that colour but not a bus?

We drove our bus (white with a couple of Blue stripes) thru TX (East to West). It still had the over head flashers but we removed the coloured covers.. they will be replaced with either clear or white ("docking" lights!!). Everything else had already been removed (it was used in Western NC/SC/GA to haul white water rafters to the various rivers... which explained the rocks and river gravel that was in the radiator when we had it rebuilt in TX). No problems.
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Re: Q. Is it illegal to drive a "school" bus in Texas?

I didn't have a problem this weekend (check my pics....)
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Re: Q. Is it illegal to drive a "school" bus in Texas?

Currently I am shopping for either a Thomas or AmTran 90-2000 RE, but in the late '80s I had a BB in CA. I was told at that time the bus could not be School Bus Yellow. I am also pretty sure that every state requires blocking out the word school.
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