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Old 04-10-2008, 09:36 AM   #1
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New York state laws

(Not real sure where to post this at but it's good info for bus owners to know. It's the New York state laws regarding your bus transformation and what you have to do to it).

You asked what do you have to do with a school bus if you acquire one for personal use and/or wish to convert one for use as a RV.

A “Bus” is defined in the law as: “Every motor vehicle having a seating capacity of fifteen or more passengers in addition to the driver and used for the transportation of persons”. Obviously the appropriate number of seats must be removed so the vehicle no longer meets this definition.

If a school bus is no longer officially functioning, as a school bus and is being operated on the NYS highways the vehicle may not display or be equipped with certain equipment. The primary equipment that is authorized on a school bus, Top red flashing lights, top amber flashing lights, top School Bus sign, school bus STOP signs and school labeling on the side must be removed. The color must also be changed.

Section 375 (21) of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) states that every motor vehicle having a seating capacity of more than 7 passengers and used to primarily transport pupils or pupils and teachers to and from school, shall be painted the color known as “national school bus chrome”. It also states if the above mention vehicle ceases to be used to transport pupils or pupils and teachers, the color of paint herein provided for, shall be changed within of 15 days.
To qualify for passenger plates as a motor home, recreational vehicle or house on wheels, a vehicle must, meet the requirements of Commissioners regulations part 106, see below.

106.3 Passenger registration
(e) motor home. A self-propelled vehicle designed as a traveling place of abode. To qualify as a motor home, a vehicle must have at least four of the following facilities:
(1) Cooking with an on-board power source;
(2) a gas or electric refrigerator;
(3) a toilet with exterior evacuation;
(4) heating or air conditioning or both from an on-board power source separate from the vehicle engine;
(5) a potable water supply system including a faucet, sink and a water tank with an exterior service connection; and
(6) a 110-125 volt power supply separate from the vehicle engine.
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Old 04-10-2008, 09:55 AM   #2
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Re: New York state laws

wow, glad I don't live in New York.

4 years ago when I got my bus, the only requirements were "permanent eating and sleeping quarters" I was told that this could be as simple as a camp stove and a mattress on the floor. And there was no inspection needed.
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Old 09-17-2010, 02:36 AM   #3
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Re: New York state laws

THATS the great thing
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