Type I School Buses must be National School Bus Glossy Yellow. It is legal for the hood and fenders to be lusterless black. Type II School Buses, manufactured after January 1, 2000, must be painted school bus yellow.
The School Board has the authority and responsibility to establish bus routes and stops. The school bussing coordinator should also be consulted. When the stop is on a state highway, the Vermont Agency of Transportation can be consulted and may send someone out to look at the stop and put up a sign if warranted.
In order for a school bus to obtain a municipal registration it must be owned by a municipality and used entirely by that municipality or any other municipality. A municipality may allow one of its buses to be used by another municipality. Compensation is not relevant.
Do buses transporting Vermont students to and from school (or in connection to school activities) need to be registered in this state?
There is no requirement that a school bus registered and garaged out-of-state, used for transportation of Vermont students, be registered in Vermont.
Does a school bus "garaged" in Vermont need to be registered in Vermont, or is it acceptable to have out-of-state plates?
If the bus is garaged in Vermont it must be registered in Vermont. Vehicles incidentally in Vermont are not required to be registered in Vermont if they are here temporarily and will soon be returning to their home garage.
A DOT physical is good for up to two (2) years and will be accepted by DMV (including for testing purposes) as long as valid, regardless of issue and expiration date.
For a Type I school bus: No.
For a Type II school bus: Yes.
School contractors need to be in compliance with all CDL driver qualification requirements and regulations (FMCSR 391). It should be noted while there is an exemption for "to and from school" operation, there is no such exemption for trips performed by contractors. School transportation performed by a state or political subdivision of a state (i.e., municipalities) are exempt from some CDL requirements.
- Copies of physicals (to include vision and hearing screening),
- Initial 3-year driving record,
- Documentation indicating all students are participating in emergency evacuations twice a year, and
- Records of vehicle pre-trip inspections.
Contractors also need to be in compliance with all CDL driver qualification requirements and regulations (FMCSR 391).