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AUTHORIZATION TO PURCHASE VEHICLES

The School may purchase school motor vehicles through the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

NEW VAN PURCHASES OR LEASES

TSBVI may not purchase or lease a new 15-passenger van if it will be used significantly by, or on behalf of, the School to transport preprimary, primary, or secondary school students to or from school or an event related to school, unless the 15-passenger van complies with the motor vehicle standards prescribed for school buses and multi-function school activity buses under federal law.  This provision does not apply in some limited circumstances.

49 U.S.C. 30112

MAINTENANCE

School buses operated by the School shall be maintained and inspected as required by the Transportation Code.

Trans. Code 548

REGISTRATION

School owned vehicles used exclusively for the School are exempt from the state registration fee; however, they shall be registered in accordance with general statutes relating to motor vehicle registration.

Transportation Code 502.202

IDENTIFICATION

Exempt license plates shall not be issued to vehicles unless the applicant for registration certifies in writing that the name of the School is printed on each side of the vehicle, in letters that are at least two inches high or in an emblem that is at least 100 square inches in size.  The letters or emblem must be of a color sufficiently different from the body of the vehicle to be clearly legible from a distance of 100 feet.

Trans. Code 502.2015

SALE OF BUSES

When any school buses owned by the School are to be sold, traded in, or otherwise disposed of, they shall be disposed of by the Texas Facilities Commission or by the Board, under such rules and regulations as the Texas Facilities Commission may provide.

SCHOOL BUS ADVERTISING

The Superintendent shall not allow the exterior of any school vehicle to bear advertising or another paid announcement directed at the public.

NONSCHOOL USE

The Board may contract with nonschool organizations for use of school buses.

Education Code 34.010(a)

The Board may provide services for the maintenance and operation of buses used by nonschool organizations in accordance with the contracts for such use.

Education Code 34.010

Adopted:          3/12/82
Amended:        6/29/84, 5/27/93, 9/29/95, 5/23/97, 3/21/03, 11/19/04, 3/28/08, 4/9/10
Reviewed:        1/24/02