TITLE 8. EDUCATION
Title of Regulation: 8VAC20-70. Regulations Governing
Pupil Transportation (amending 8VAC20-70-10, 8VAC20-70-40,
8VAC20-70-100, 8VAC20-70-110, 8VAC20-70-130 through 8VAC20-70-200,
8VAC20-70-220, 8VAC20-70-230, 8VAC20-70-280, 8VAC20-70-300, 8VAC20-70-330,
8VAC20-70-350 through 8VAC20-70-380, 8VAC20-70-420, 8VAC20-70-430,
8VAC20-70-450, 8VAC20-70-460, 8VAC20-70-480, 8VAC20-70-490, 8VAC20-70-510,
8VAC20-70-525; adding 8VAC20-70-31, 8VAC20-70-271, 8VAC20-70-411,
8VAC20-70-435; repealing 8VAC20-70-310).
Statutory Authority: §§ 22.1-16, 22.1-176, and
22.1-177 of the Code of Virginia.
Effective Date: September 28, 2012.
Agency Contact: Melissa L. Luchau,
Office of Policy and Communications, Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120,
101 North 14th Street, 25th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804)
225-2540, FAX (804) 225-2524, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The amendments (i) update
definitions to conform to the 2005 and 2010 National School Transportation
Specifications and Procedures; (ii) permit students to stand during school bus
rides only under temporary emergency conditions and for short distances as
identified in local school board policy; (iii) amend the required minimum
frequency of school bus maintenance inspections by extending the timeframe
between inspections and describing the operational assessments that will be
conducted by the Department of Education; (iv) eliminate the requirement that
bus collisions be reported when no one is injured and damage is less than
$1,500; (v) require review of school bus routes, school sites, and safety of
pupils at designated school bus stops at least once a year and as changes
occur; (vi) add language stating that special needs children are entitled to
transportation to school; (vii) require new transportation
directors/supervisors employed by school divisions to complete the "Train
the Trainer" class conducted by the Department of Education; and (viii)
require school bus driver instructors to meet the requirements of a school bus
driver and have at least two years of experience.
Summary of Public Comments and Agency's Response: A
summary of comments made by the public and the agency's response may be
obtained from the promulgating agency or viewed at the office of the Registrar
The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall
have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Classroom instruction" means training provided
by a qualified driver instructor through lectures, demonstrations, audio-visual
presentations, computer-based instruction, driving simulation devices, or
similar means. Instruction occurring outside a classroom is included if it does
not involve actual operation of a school bus and its components by the student.
"Color-black" means federal standard No. 595,
"Color-yellow" means national school bus yellow
School Bus Manufacturers Technical Council (SBMTC) color standard 008.
"Multifunction School Activity Bus (MFSAB)"
or "school activity bus" ] means a
school bus whose purposes do not include transporting students to and from home
or school bus stops as defined in 49 CFR 571.3. This subcategory of school bus
meets all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) for school buses and
meets all regulations for school buses, except the traffic control devices,
[ identification, ] color, use of cruise control,
and seating requirements.
"Nonconforming bus" means any vehicle designed to
carry more than 10 passengers that is used to transport children to or from
school or school-related activities that does not meet the federal standards,
49 CFR Part 571, specific to school buses or multifunction school activity
buses. These vehicles are not approved for transporting students to and
from school or school-related activities.
"School bus" means any motor vehicle
in this chapter as "Type A1 and A2," "Type B1 and B2,"
"Type C," or "Type D," which is designed and used for the
transportation of pupils, which is other than a station wagon,
automobile, truck, or commercial bus that is (i)
designed and used primarily for the transportation of pupils to and from
public, private, or religious schools, or for the transportation of pupils who
are physically handicapped to and from a sheltered workshop; (ii) painted
yellow with the words "School Bus" in black letters of a
specified size on the front and rear ,; and which is (iii)
equipped with the required warning devices as stated prescribed
in § 46.2-100 § 46.2-1090 of the Code of Virginia. A
yellow school bus may have a white roof provided such vehicle is painted in
accordance with regulations and specifications of the Department of Education.
Note: This definition includes school buses owned and
operated by school boards, private contractors, local governments, and transit
systems that are used for the transportation of public school pupils.
"Specially equipped bus" means a school bus
designed, equipped, or modified to accommodate students with special needs.
"Type A school bus" means a
van conversion or
bus constructed utilizing a cutaway front-section vehicle with a left side
driver's door. The entrance door is behind the front wheels. This
definition includes two classifications. Type A1, with a Gross Vehicle Weight
Rating (GVWR) less than or equal to 10,000 of 14,500 pounds or
less; and Type A2, with a GVWR greater than 10,000 14,500
pounds, but less than or equal to 21,500 pounds.
"Type B school bus" means a bus
with a body
constructed utilizing a stripped chassis. The entrance door is behind the front
wheels. This definition includes two classifications: Type B1, with a GVWR less
than or equal to of 10,000 pounds or less; and Type B2, with
a GVWR greater than 10,000 pounds.
"Type C (Conventional) school bus" means
bus with a body constructed utilizing a installed upon a
flat-back cowl chassis with a hood and front fender assembly fenders.
The entrance door is behind the front wheels. This definition shall
include two classifications: Type C1, with a GVWR range of 17,500 pounds with a
design seating capacity range from 16 to 30 persons; and Type C2 with a GVWR of
more than 21,500 pounds [ with a design seating capacity for
designed for carrying ] more than 30 persons. The engine is in
front of the windshield and the entrance door is behind the front wheels. Both
Type C1 and Type C2 must be equipped with dual rear tires.
"Type D school bus" means a bus with a body
constructed utilizing a stripped chassis. The entrance door is ahead of the
front wheels. This bus is also known as a rear engine or front engine
transit style school bus.
"Vehicle" means any vehicle owned or operated
by, or owned or operated by any person under contract by, a county, city, town,
or school board in which any school pupils or personnel are transported at
public expense from any public school [ or public school activity ].
8VAC20-70-31. Driving [
more than 13 hours in
a 24-hour period prohibited time ].
Pursuant to § 46.2-812 of the Code of
Virginia, no person shall operate any school bus, school activity bus, or
school activity vehicle for more than 13 hours in any period of 24 hours or for
a period that when added to the time such person may have driven any vehicle in
any other state would make an aggregate of more than 13 hours in any 24-hour
period. Drivers of other commercial vehicles shall report all hours driven
prior to operating a school bus, school activity bus, or school activity
No owner of any vehicle shall cause or permit a vehicle
to be driven in violation of this section.
Driving time for operators of any school bus, school
activity bus, or school activity vehicle shall be pursuant to § 46.2-812 of the
Code of Virginia. ]
The number of pupils who may ride a school bus shall be
determined by the total number who can be seated on the seat cushion facing
forward, safely seated within the seating compartment, and shall not exceed the
During the first 30 instructional days of the
school year standees may be permitted for short distances in the aisle back of
the driver's seat. Pupils may not be permitted to stand after the first
30 instructional days, except under unforeseen temporary emergency
conditions and for short distances as identified [ in policy ]
by the local school board.
8VAC20-70-100. Passenger restraint belts.
Pupils riding in school buses required by federal law to be
equipped with passenger restraint belts shall wear them as required by state or
federal law while the bus is in motion.
See Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standards No. 209 and 210.
rider transportation safety
rider safety transportation instruction
shall be included in the school curriculum, including demonstration and
practices of safety procedures.
1. At the Pre-K-1 grade levels, initial safety training shall
occur during the first week of school with additional training on a periodic
basis during the year. [
Students in grades 9 through 12 shall
receive additional training on the rules for motorists approaching a stopped
school bus and on safe following distances when operating a personal vehicle. ]
2. Emergency exit drills shall be practiced by all pupil
riders at least twice a year, the first occurring during the first 30
instructional days and the second in the second semester and shall include
the school bus driver. Summer session evacuation drills should be performed
3. A copy of bus rider safety rules shall be sent to parents
at the beginning of the school year. The information shall include a request
that parents or their designee accompany their young children to and from the
8VAC20-70-130. Maintenance inspection.
All school buses and, school activity
vehicles, and school vehicles used to transport public school pupils to
and from school and school activity events shall be inspected and maintained undergo
a Level 2 maintenance inspection as prescribed in the Preventive Maintenance
Manual for Virginia School Buses by competent mechanics immediately before
being used in the fall for each new school year and a Level 1
inspection at least once every 30 operating days or every 2,500 miles
traveled 45 calendar days after the start of the new school year. The
inspections and maintenance shall be conducted in accordance with provisions of
the "Preventive Maintenance Manual for Virginia School Buses, March
2003" (November 2008) and recorded on the prescribed inspection
forms or in a format approved by the Department of Education. If the inspection
and maintenance are not made in a shop operated by the school board or the
local governing body, the school board shall designate one or more inspection
centers to make the inspections and require a copy of the results of the
inspections to be furnished to the division superintendent. School division
compliance with the foregoing maintenance inspection requirement shall be
subject to verification by the Department of Education.
Subject to funds being available, the Department of
Education shall conduct random operational assessments during the school year
of school divisions' pupil transportation operations to ensure statutes,
regulations, and specifications are being met. The Department of Education
shall establish procedures for conducting the random operational assessments.
Maintenance and service personnel shall be encouraged to
attend approved workshops or training institutes and shall receive all
necessary service and maintenance publications for equipment serviced.
All school buses and school activity buses used to
transport public school pupils to and from school and school activity events
shall be inspected and maintained by competent mechanics at least once every 45
school days, with "school days" as determined by the school
division's approved yearly calendar or modifications in the calendar as
approved by the division superintendent or designee, or every 5,000 miles. Any
bus that is removed from service or deadlined so as
to disrupt the scheduled maintenance shall be inspected prior to being returned
to service. At no point shall any bus go without an inspection during the
school semester and such inspections shall be no more than 90 school days apart
excluding summer sessions. The inspections and maintenance shall be conducted
in accordance with provisions of the Preventive Maintenance Manual for Virginia
School Buses (September 2012) and recorded on the prescribed inspection forms
or in a format approved by the Department of Education. Additional Original
Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) inspection and maintenance recommendations should
be maintained during the service life of each bus to ensure safety and warranty
requirements are met. Maintenance consideration should be given to buses
operated during the summer session. If the inspection and maintenance are not
made in a shop operated by the school board or the local governing body, the
school board shall designate one or more inspection centers to make the
inspections and require a copy of the results of the inspections to be
furnished to the division superintendent. School division compliance with the
foregoing maintenance inspection requirements shall be subject to verification
by the Department of Education.
Subject to funds being available, the Department of
Education shall conduct operational assessments of school divisions' pupil
transportation operations on an ongoing basis to ensure applicable statutes,
regulations, and specifications are being met. The Department of Education
shall establish procedures for conducting the operational assessments and shall
conduct the assessments in school divisions on a periodic cycle as resources
permit. As part of the operational assessments, the Department of Education
shall provide technical assistance to school divisions in a manner that will
assist them with achieving and maintaining compliance with applicable statutes,
regulations, and specifications.
Maintenance and service personnel shall be encouraged to
attend approved workshops or training institutes and shall receive all
necessary service and maintenance publications for equipment serviced. ]
Crash/incident Crash reporting.
A report, on forms or in a format furnished by the Department
of Education, of any crashes
or incidents involving school buses,
pupils, and personnel who ride school or activity buses (including injury or
death while crossing the road, waiting at bus stops, etc.) shall be sent to the
Pupil Transportation Service, Department of Education by the division
superintendent or designee at least once a month. The report shall give the
apparent cause of the crash or incident and the extent of injuries to
pupils or others. The division superintendent or designee shall notify the
Pupil Transportation Service of any school bus crash or incident
involving serious injuries, requiring professional medical treatment, or death
within the next working day from the date of the crash or incident.
A vehicle crash occurs when property damage is [
$1,500 ] or more or when persons are injured. An incident occurs
when property damage is $999 or less and there are no injured individuals.
The Department of Education shall publish on its website
an annual report of the number of crashes involving school buses, pupils, and
personnel who ride school or activity buses (including incidents of injury or
death while crossing the road, waiting at bus stops, etc.) in each division.
8VAC20-70-150. Route schedule.
All school buses in operation shall be scheduled to maximize
safety and efficiency. The schedule shall show the time the bus starts in the
morning, the time it leaves each point at which pupils are picked up,
the time of arrival at school, and the time of drop off at home in the
afternoon. One copy of such schedule shall be kept in the bus [ and
secured when the bus is unattended ], and one copy shall be
kept in the office of the division superintendent or designee [ and
shall meet student records and information security requirements as stated in
federal, state, and local policy ].
8VAC20-70-160. Review of routes.
School bus routes, school sites, and safety of pupils at
designated school bus stops shall be reviewed at least [ once
each year, once each semester a year and as changes occur ].
[ Bus routes shall be reviewed for safety hazards ] ,
[ and fuel conservation, and to assure ] maximum
[ the most efficient Routes shall be reviewed for safety
hazards, fuel conservation, and to assure ] the most efficient use of
buses. Local school administrators shall evaluate the safety of pupils at bus
stops periodically and shall at the request of the local school board report
the results annually to the school board. Hazardous or unusual situations, to
include railway crossings, shall be marked on the route sheet and made
available to drivers and substitutes.
A written vehicular and pedestrian traffic control plan for
each existing school site shall be reviewed annually for safety hazards. All new
school site plans shall include provisions that promote vehicular and
8VAC20-70-170. Railway crossings.
School buses shall stop, as required by law, at railway grade
The School buses equipped with a nonsequential
lighting system must have these lighting systems deactivated when approaching a
railroad grade crossing and the 4-way hazard lights shall be activated
[ when approaching the railway grade crossing ] and shall be
deactivated before crossing the track. The bus driver shall turn off all noisy
equipment, open the entrance door of the bus and determine when it is safe for
the vehicle to cross the railroad tracks. The entrance door shall be closed
when the bus is in motion. No stop need be made at any grade crossing where
traffic is directed by a police law-enforcement officer or a green
traffic-control signal as stated in § 46.2-886 of the Code of Virginia.
Driver reports Ridership and miles
School boards shall require that a report on the number of
pupils transported and miles traveled be
made by all school bus drivers to
principals or other designated school officials submitted to designated
[ 8VAC20-70-190. Policies.
Local school boards shall adopt policies, consistent with
provisions of the Code of Virginia, before establishing a practice of
collecting transportation fees from pupils or receiving contributions from
other sources for activities sponsored by schools under their authority. No
pupil whose parent or guardian is financially unable to pay the pro rata cost
of the trip may be denied the opportunity to participate. See § 22.1-176 of the
Code of Virginia. Each disabled child enrolled in and attending a special
education program provided by the school division shall be entitled to
transportation at no cost if such transportation is necessary to enable such
child to obtain the benefit of educational programs and opportunities. See §
22.1-221 A of the Code of Virginia. ]
8VAC20-70-200. Identification and lights covering.
The lettered identification and traffic warning lights on the
front and rear of school buses shall be covered with opaque detachable material
they school buses are used for purposes other than to
transport pupils on regular routes to and from school, or on special
trips to participate in contests of various kinds, and or for
supplementary education purposes as required by § 22.1-183 of the Code of
Virginia. This does not apply when the bus is being used to transport elderly
or mentally or physically handicapped persons.
8VAC20-70-220. Passage restriction.
No object shall be placed on any bus carrying passengers that
will restrict the access to any exit [
, or ]
restrict the freedom of motion of the driver for proper operation of the
vehicle [ or where displacement of such objects may result in
personal injury to passengers ]. [ Drivers shall be observant
of any objects that may cause injury. ]
8VAC20-70-230. Required materials.
All vehicles used primarily to transport students to
and from school or school-related activities shall carry reflective triangles,
first aid kit, body fluid clean-up kit and fire extinguisher.
8VAC20-70-271. Records retention.
School division documents related to pupil transportation
shall be retained in accordance with local policy and guidelines from the
Virginia State Library.
Requirements for School Bus Drivers
8VAC20-70-280. Requirements for school bus drivers both for
employment and continued employment.
Sections Section 22.1-178 , 46.2-339, and
46.2-340 of the Code of Virginia require requires drivers of
school and activity buses to:
1. Have a physical examination of a scope prescribed by the
Board of Education with the advice of the Medical Society of Virginia and
furnished on a form prescribed by the Board of Education showing the results of
a. No person shall drive a school bus unless that person is
physically qualified to do so and has submitted a School Bus Driver's
Application For Physician's Certificate signed by the applicant and the doctor
or a licensed nurse practitioner for the applicable employment period.
b. The physical form describes the basic physical
qualifications for school bus drivers; however, the examining physician or
licensed nurse practitioner shall make the final determination of the
individual's physical capacity to operate a school bus based upon their
assessment of the individual's overall physical condition.
2. Furnish a statement or copy of records from the Department
of Motor Vehicles showing that the person, within the preceding five years, has
not been convicted of a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicating
liquors or drugs, convicted of a charge of refusing to take a blood or breath
test, convicted of a felony, or assigned to any alcohol safety action program
or driver alcohol rehabilitation program pursuant to § 18.2-271.1 of the
Code of Virginia or, within the preceding 12 months, has not been convicted of
two or more moving traffic violations or has not been required to attend a
driver improvement clinic by the Commissioner of the Department of Motor
Vehicles pursuant to
§ 46.2-497 § 46.2-498 of the Code of
3. Furnish a statement signed by two reputable persons who
reside in the school division or in the applicant's community that the person
is of good moral character.
4. Exhibit a license showing the person has successfully
undertaken the examination prescribed by § 46.2-339 of the Code of
5. Be at least 18 years old.
6. Submit to testing for alcohol and controlled substances
that is in compliance with the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of
1991 (Public Law 102-143, Title V) as amended and that is in compliance
with 49 CFR Parts 40 and 382.
8VAC20-70-300. Required documents.
The documents required pursuant to subdivisions 1 and 2 of
8VAC20-70-280 shall be furnished annually prior to the anniversary date of the
employment to operate a school bus.
The documents required pursuant to this section shall be
filed with, and made a part of, the records of the school board employing such
person as a school bus operator.
[ 8VAC20-70-330. Health certificate.
As a condition to employment, every school and activity bus
driver shall submit a certificate signed by a licensed physician or nurse
practitioner stating that the employee appears free of communicable
tuberculosis. The school board may require the submission of such certificates
annually, or at such intervals as it deems appropriate, as a condition to
continued employment. ]
No person shall operate a school or activity bus transporting
pupils unless the person has:
1. Received classroom, demonstration, and behind-the-wheel instruction
in accordance with a program developed by the Department of Education pursuant
to § 22.1-181 of the Code of Virginia.
2. Completed a minimum of 24 classroom hours and 24 hours of
behind-the-wheel training. A minimum of 10 of the 24 hours of behind-the-wheel
time shall involve the operation of a bus with pupils on board while under the
direct on-board supervision of a designated bus driver trainer.
of Type D buses must complete eight additional hours of training
behind-the-wheel. All drivers shall receive training in the operation of a
Type D bus and transportation of students with special needs. buses
representative of the type used in the school division in which they will be
employed and in the transportation of students with special needs. Classroom
instruction means training provided by a qualified driver instructor through
lectures, demonstrations, audio-visual presentations, computer-based
instruction, driving simulation devices, or similar means. Instruction
occurring outside a classroom [ is included qualifies
as classroom instruction ] if it does not involve actual operation
of a school bus and its components by the [ student
trainee ]. Behind-the-wheel training does not include time spent
riding in a school bus or observing [ the ] operation
of a school bus when the [ student trainee ]
is not in control of the vehicle.
The superintendent or his designee shall maintain a record
showing that the applicant has completed the training and has been approved to
operate a school or activity bus.
3. New transportation directors/supervisors employed by
school divisions shall complete the "Train the Trainer" class
conducted by the Department of Education within a year after being employed in
8VAC20-70-359. Requirements for school bus driver
Instructors must meet the requirements of a school bus
driver and have at least two years experience
operating a Class B type vehicle. ]
8VAC20-70-360. In-service training.
(at least two hours before opening
[ before the opening of ] schools [ the
school year and ] at least two hours [ during the
second half of the school ] year) [ (at least two hours
before the opening of the school year and at least two hours during the second
half of the school year ] ) devoted to improving the skills,
attitudes, and knowledge, including orientation to maximize benefits of
using safety programs and safety components shall be provided to all school or
activity bus drivers. In-service training [ shall
should ] include, but is not limited to, the following topics:
basic motor vehicle laws, related administrative codes, pre-trip inspection
procedures, student discipline and conduct, drug and alcohol testing procedures
and policies, fuel conservation, safety, emergency procedures, student
information and confidentiality, and local policies and procedures as required
by the division's transportation department. A copy of the agenda for each
in-service training event shall be on file [ in the school
The drivers of school and activity buses shall be under the
general direction and control of the division superintendent or
designee, and shall also be accountable to the principal of the school to which
pupil transportation is provided.
8VAC20-70-380. Pre-trip safety inspection.
The Prior to the initial transporting of children
each day, the drivers of school and activity buses shall perform a daily
pre-trip safety inspection of the vehicle prior to transporting children.
The items checked and recorded shall be at least equal to the pre-trip
inspection procedure as prescribed in the Preventive Maintenance
Manual for Virginia School Buses [ (November 2008) (September
2012) ] issued by the Department of Education.
8VAC20-70-411. Driver trainers.
Driver Behind-the-wheel driver ]
trainers must meet the requirements of 8VAC20-70-280 and 8VAC20-70-350 and [ have
at least two years experience operating a Class B
vehicle must have maintained a Class B license for two years prior
to functioning as a behind-the-wheel driver trainer ].
8VAC20-70-420. Instructor course certificate.
Local school bus driver training instructors shall hold a
certificate for completion of an instructor course conducted or approved by the
Department of Education and shall attend a recertification course every five
years. Certification expires at the end of calendar year five.
8VAC20-70-430. Driver data.
The names and driver license numbers of persons operating
school and activity buses and other vehicles used to transport pupils shall
be submitted to the Department of Motor Vehicles annually as required by
§ 46.2-340 of the Code of Virginia.
The documents required pursuant to 8VAC20-70-280,
8VAC20-70-350, 8VAC20-70-360, 8VAC20-70-400, and 8VAC20-70-420 shall be filed
with, and made a part of, the records of the school board employing such person
as a school bus operator.
standards specifications are applicable
to all school buses and school activity vehicles buses, new or
used, procured by purchase, lease or operational contract from another person
General Requirements for School Buses in Virginia
It is the intent of the Board of Education to accommodate new
equipment and technology that will better facilitate the safe and efficient
transportation of students. When a new technology, piece of equipment, or
component is desired to be applied to
the a school bus, it must
have the approval of the [ Virginia ] Department of
Education and must meet the following criteria:
1. The technology, equipment, or component shall not
compromise the effectiveness or integrity of any major safety system.
2. The technology, equipment, or component shall not diminish
the safety of the interior of the bus.
3. The technology, equipment, or component shall not create
additional risk to students who are boarding or exiting the bus or are in or
near the school bus loading zone.
4. The technology, equipment, or component shall not require
undue additional activity or responsibility for the driver.
5. The technology, equipment, or component shall generally
increase efficiency or safety, or both, of the bus, generally provide for a
safer or more pleasant experience for the occupants and pedestrians in the
vicinity of the bus, or shall generally assist the driver and make his many
tasks easier to perform.
Buses School buses and school activity vehicles
buses must conform to the specifications relative to construction and
design effective on the date of procurement. Any variation from the
specifications, in the form of additional equipment or changes in style of
equipment, without prior approval of the Department of Education, is
prohibited. The Department of Education shall issue specifications and
standards for public school buses to reflect desired technology or safety
improvements for the then current model year.
8VAC20-70-480. Bus identification.
All publicly owned, part publicly owned, or contract school
buses, transporting pupils to and from public school, shall be painted a
uniform color, national school bus yellow, and shall be identified and equipped
as outlined in the
standards and specifications.
The responsibility for purchasing school buses and school
vehicles buses which meet state and federal requirements
rests with division superintendents and local school boards.
A schedule for the replacement of buses on a continuing basis
shall be developed and implemented by each school division.
8VAC20-70-510. Vehicles powered by alternative fuels.
A. The Board of Education will continue to promote the use of
alternative fuels for school buses. Any vehicle powered by alternative fuels will
be subject to inspection and approval by the Virginia Department of Education.
B. Local school divisions, in consultation with the
Department of Education, may purchase and use school buses using alternative
fuels as covered in § 22.1-177 of the Code of Virginia.
C. Installation of alternative fuel tanks and fuel systems
shall comply with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standards
(FMVSS) 301, 49 CFR Part 571, and all applicable fire codes.
D. A sign with black letters on clear or school bus yellow
background, indicating the type of alternative fuel being used, may be placed
on the side of the bus near the entrance door. No sign shall be more than 4-3/4
inches long or more than 3-1/4 inches high.
8VAC20-70-525. Regulations and standards.
Activity vehicles A. School activity buses
owned or operated under contract by or for the school board, which are used
solely to transport pupils to and from school activity events, shall comply
with all applicable regulations and standards prescribed for school buses
except as noted in this part. [ Pursuant to § 46.2-871 of the Code of
Virginia, an activity bus transporting school pupils shall be operated at a
safe, legal speed. ]
1. B. Exceptions, general regulations.
a. An activity vehicle 1. Pursuant to
§ 46.2-871 of the Code of Virginia, an activity bus transporting
school pupils shall be operated at a safe, legal speed not in excess of 55
miles per hour. ]
b. [ 2. 1. ] No standees
shall be permitted.
c. The eight-inch school bus lettered identification and
traffic warning devices shall be removed by the local school division as
required by §§ 46.2-100 and 46.2-1090 of the Code of Virginia. The name of the
school division or individual school shall be placed on both sides of the
d. [ 3. 2. ] Stops for
the purpose of loading or discharging pupils on the travel portion of the
highway shall not be permitted.
2. Exceptions, minimum standards for school buses in
a. School activity vehicles shall not be painted national
school bus yellow.
b. Other types of seats and increased spacing may be used
provided all provisions of FMVSS 222, 49 CFR § 571.222, are met.
NOTICE: The forms
used in administering the above regulation are not being published; however,
the name of each form is listed below. The forms are available for public
inspection by contacting the agency contact for this regulation, or at the
office of the Registrar of Regulations, General Assembly Building, 2nd Floor,
Bus Driver's Application for Physician's Certificate (rev. 4/08)
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE (8VAC20-70)
Preventive Maintenance Manual for Virginia School
Buses, ] March 2003 [ November 2008, Virginia
Department of Education.
Maintenance Manual for Virginia School Buses, Rev. September 2012, Virginia
Department of Education. ]
VA.R. Doc. No. R08-1020; Filed July 27, 2012, 4:03 p.m.