- Nebraska Attorney General's Advisory Opinion on Sale and Purchase of Vans for Student Transportation
- Van Safety Information from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NDE Pupil Transportation Rule 91 and Rule 92 (effective March 9, 2008) state beginning June 7, 2011, vans originally manufactured as 15-passenger vans and modified so the seating was 10 passengers or less (not including the driver) cannot be used to transport students. This ban does not include 12-passenger vans which have been modified by the dealer or manufacturer.
A frequent question that comes up when the seating of a van is modified by the dealer or manufacturer is whether the van’s classification must be recertified. Federal Regulation 49 CFR 567.7 requires the recertification of new vehicles. Therefore, if a new 12-passenger van has been purchased by a school, the classification must be recertified from a “Bus” to a “Multi Purpose vehicle” by the dealer or manufacturer before it can be used to transport students.
Also be aware that some vehicles are being marketed with a seating capacity of 10, but are actually vehicles that were originally designed as 15-passenger vans. These vans would not qualify as a pupil transportation vehicle.
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