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Old 12-28-2016, 06:39 PM   #11
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Hello (name). I actually received an identical question a few days ago. A woman here in Fairbanks actually purchased a bus and was doing something along the lines as you. I'm aware that the traffic laws state that the school bus that is not used for school kids anymore must be a different color.
However, in my 22 years as a state trooper I have never issued a citation for this offense. I have seen buses on the road that are clearly not use for school transportation anymore. But it's not something that troopers are actively looking for, and I would be surprised if any trooper would enforce that. Especially when efforts are made to remove all markings indicating that it is a school bus. The bottom line is: although the law states must change the color, I think you have gone above and beyond what the intent of the statute is. I would not worry about it. If you get stopped and get a ticket then I would probably contest the citation or just pay the ticket. I'm not sure what the fine is but paying the fine is probably a lot less than painting the bus . I suggest taking a wait-and-see approach.

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On Jun 19, 2015, at 14:57,

(so.... wishy-washy... is the official Alaska stance on this)...
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Old 12-28-2016, 07:24 PM   #12
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in OHIO.. if your bus is 25 year or older you can get a historical plate for it... any emergency historical vehicle can maintain all of its original equipment.. AS long as it has signs on all 4 sides of the vehicle prominent and visible that says NOT IN SERVICE..

they can be magnetic signs so they can be removed when the vehicle is parked off-street or in a show..

a lifelong trooper has the cruiser he patrolled in for 35+ years always refusing to get a new one.. he retired fron the force and they let him have or buy that cruiser.. which he took home every night and garaged during his whole career and even washed / waxed it.. I see that cruiser at various car shows or going down the road with the signs on it..

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Old 12-28-2016, 08:41 PM   #13
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Dude... that is what I am talking about...

So... This is obviously not a current school bus...

Only a complete idiot would try to get on this bus to go to school...

(no short bus jokes please...)..

BUT... yellow is the right color for it...
I was really hoping there would be a "classic" status afforded for this type rig.

EXACTLY like you mentioned with the cop cruiser...

So far... 3000+ miles home from California AND (2) border crossings...
It has worked out like that... Everybody just gives the thumbs up.. no search at the border... Just "Wow, where did you get that?"....

Now if it was painted all hippy... (nothing wrong with that..) but, I bet the border crossing would have been different than just flashing the driver licence... (I do have long hair and a beard BTW)...
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Old 12-29-2016, 10:31 AM   #14
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How did you get your bus delivered?...



Inland Barge lines... Tug is the "Ramona"... River is the Yukon...

Note the Scout on board... 3 vintage IH in town now... 2 that run!!
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Old 12-29-2016, 10:34 AM   #15
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So.. If I can't get away with yellow.. this is nice..



(not sure where this pic came from...) If I have to paint it eventually, this looks pretty cool and retains the "look"....
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Old 12-29-2016, 10:42 AM   #16
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#2 Pencil found...



I have a better picture of the pencil, but I got a kick out of the smallest #2 pencil I have ever seen... found in my heater box...

Seen here with my bus and my charger....
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Old 12-29-2016, 10:53 AM   #17
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School bus Yellow supposedly did not become the standard for skoolies until 1939, but apparently it did not take hold for a while. My 1946 was originally orange and I have seen a whole range of other colors as well on early buses. Seems to me any yellow other than the "official" one should technically be legal as long as all the other school ID is removed. But, that said, I have seen a bunch of custom/hot rod skoolies getting by with the original chrome yellow and all kinds of twists on the "school bus" decals. (?) Seems to come down to whatever you can get away with.
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Old 12-29-2016, 11:56 AM   #18
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hmmm..

#14, #15, #16 were supposed to be comments on pictures...
oops...
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Old 12-29-2016, 05:46 PM   #19
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