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Old 06-24-2019, 08:43 PM   #1
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School buses not allowed on highways?

Hello there!
A few days ago I met a man who without even knowing about the school bus conversion trend and the skoolie community, bought a local school bus and built it out for his motor cross team.

After four months of construction, he went to register the bus as an RV and was told, only school buses assigned to transport school teams, are allowed on the highway.

According to DMV, regular school buses regardless the size or body style, are not allowed on any highway.

Furthermore, someone else told me, it’s not a local, county or even a state regulation, it’s Federal Law.

Is that true? I was extremely surprised when I heard that little bit of information and needless to say, he was too!

Although he was able to register the bus, it can only be used locally, and not as intended.

Any thoughts on the matter?

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Old 06-24-2019, 08:50 PM   #2
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Needs to have a title change. Mine is not a school bus, mine is a motorhome.
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Old 06-24-2019, 08:56 PM   #3
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My first question would be : "what has he been smoking? "

I have some certainty that there is no federal law as you describe and would be surprised to find something similar in NY. I don't have firsthand experience but we have members here that have successfully converted in NY.

Hopefully some of our NY members can chime in.
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Old 06-24-2019, 08:57 PM   #4
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Needs to have a title change. Mine is not a school bus, mine is a motorhome.
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He said something to do with the chassis or rear axles not sure. Whatever it is, it can’t be done.
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Sounds like Hogwash. Definitely not a federal law.
Maybe NY has this law for "local" busses registered in NY, but out of state skoolies traverse the state without issue...
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Old 06-24-2019, 09:35 PM   #6
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Register it as a truck or van, then. No law against trucks or vans having seats.
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Old 06-24-2019, 09:40 PM   #7
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Sounds like Hogwash. Definitely not a federal law.
Maybe NY has this law for "local" busses registered in NY, but out of state skoolies traverse the state without issue...
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Ummmm... so sports team buses are not of a different designation... I wonder what went wrong.
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Old 06-24-2019, 10:22 PM   #8
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That sounds so outrageous that it couldn't possibly be unknown to at least a couple here, and if it were we would all know it off the tops of our heads.
Have your friend show you law.
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That sounds so outrageous that it couldn't possibly be unknown to at least a couple here, and if it were we would all know it off the tops of our heads.

Have your friend show you law.
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Not a friend just someone I met. I wonder if this is insurance related.
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After four months of construction, he went to register the bus as an RV and was told, only school buses assigned to transport school teams, are allowed on the highway.

According to DMV, regular school buses regardless the size or body style, are not allowed on any highway.

Furthermore, someone else told me, it’s not a local, county or even a state regulation, it’s Federal Law.



Although he was able to register the bus, it can only be used locally, and not as intended.

My first reaction to that would be "Citation needed" (and I don't mean traffic ticket, I mean cite the specific law to me). There is *NO* such federal law that I am aware of, and I've read the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations book cover-to-cover more than once. School buses are very much allowed (at least by Federal law) on any highway anywhere in the country - how do you think they get from factory to the school districts? (Hint - most are driven).



There *May* be a more localized state law in NY, but I highly doubt that too. I call B/S until someone can actually refer me to a law, not just "someone said".... (even if that someone supposedly works at some DMV).
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