Buying, Selling, & Using Vans: South Carolina

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE LAW. Known as Jacob’s law, the state of South Carolina prohibits the use of non-conforming vans to transport school children to or from school or school events. The law was named in memory of six year old Jacob Strebler who died when the school van in which he was riding was hit by a large truck. The school headmaster was notified of the federal law by the selling dealer prior to this accident.

“(A) Effective July 1, 2000, any entity transporting preprimary, primary, or secondary school students to or from school, school-related activities, or child care, and utilizing a vehicle defined as a 'school bus' under 49 U.S.C. Section 30125, as defined on April 5, 2000, must transport these students in a vehicle meeting federal school bus safety standards, as contained in 49 U.S.C. Section 30101, et seq., or any successor statutes, and all applicable federal regulations…”