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Old 08-20-2019, 10:55 PM   #1
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I got pulled over and my bus is still registered as a bus

Long story short, my shorty Skoolie (E-350, 4 windows) is painted white and I've owned it for over a year. When I bought it, I went to one of those private DMV offices and was very clear with what was happening: I purchased this school bus from a dealership, and I am turning it into an RV, but for the time being it'll just be registered as a normal automobile/van.



Then, when I went to renew it this year, I went to the same place, and they were having some issues renewing it. Turns out, it's still registered as a school bus, and thus my registration fees were $20. Sweet.



Then I got pulled over for having a tail light out, and the cops obviously ran my plates, and guess what? They did nothing. I told them I was redoing the wiring, and turning it into a camper, but they said nothing about it being registered a school bus, and they didn't even write me a warning or anything.


Kinda interesting if you ask me. I might try to ride that cheap registration fee as long as I can.
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Old 08-20-2019, 10:58 PM   #2
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Nice story, sounds like a great jurisdiction; please name your state and county if that's relevant.

Never heard of privatized DMV.
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Old 08-20-2019, 11:01 PM   #3
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I'm in California. There's a "private" DMV across the street from the real DMV, and they can do pretty much everything (minus inspections) for a $45 fee--which, given what I consider to be my hourly rate, is totally worth my time. The DMV line here was already around the block.
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Old 08-21-2019, 12:13 AM   #4
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Turns out, it's still registered as a school bus, and thus my registration fees were $20. Sweet.
$20! In PA the registration fee is based on the factory-designated passenger capacity and it's huge - my 65-kid bus would have been about $850 a year.
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Old 08-21-2019, 12:34 AM   #5
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Does it say “school bus” on the registration or is it “SB” on the title. Mine still says SB on the title.
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Old 08-21-2019, 06:17 AM   #6
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several of my friends that are enthusiasts like me and their busses are still all original. as in say "school bus" have lights, stop signs, etc.. have been pulled over.. the most that was ever done was "cover up the school bus when driving on a public street".. never once was anyone cited for not havign a CDL, or not having proper registration..



their busses are registered as busses in most cases.. but since they arent used as commercial vehicles, they are never asked about why no DOT numbers...
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Old 08-21-2019, 08:28 AM   #7
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Old 08-21-2019, 12:03 PM   #8
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No idea what that means.

And everything discussed here is A Good Thing for our purposes.

Very rare to hear about CA regulatory issues I must say I'm surprised.
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Old 08-21-2019, 04:29 PM   #9
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I second the California comment.

I got cited for owning a non repainted “privately owned” school bus.

The Cal Vehicle code is that the bus can not be a color designated by the CHP for use only on school buses.

In the cops defense, he said (thought) that the citation was for the “SCHOOL BUS” signage but (telling me i needed to just paint over the sign) but I discovered i needed to paint the entire bus after looking up what the ticket was actually for.
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Old 09-07-2019, 03:31 PM   #10
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Thomas buses are made here in NC. My local PBS station did a short story on them. Thomas said that "school bus yellow" was not required by any state. It was simply preferred. Seems to me, schools couldn't claim ownership of the color if that's the case.
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