Why Not to Use Vans for School Transportation
Federal law prohibits buying, selling, or leasing a new school bus that does not meet all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards applicable to school buses. A 12-15 PASSENGER VAN IS A SCHOOL BUS WHEN IT IS USED TO TRANSPORT STUDENTS TO OR FROM SCHOOL OR SCHOOL-RELATED EVENTS. Even though USE is not prohibited in North Carolina, nor is buying, selling or leasing a USED vehicle, the existence of this federal law places a tremendous liability exposure to buyers, sellers and users.
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