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Illinois Clarifies New Law Banning Nonconforming Vans for Activity Trips PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ryan Gray   
Thursday, 15 October 2009 14:00

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Transportation issued a clarification this month on a new law that prohibits schools from using nonconforming vehicles when transporting students to and from activity trips and encourages the use instead of multifunction school activity buses.

The new law centers on the use of “first division vehicles,” which IDOT’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Section defined for schools on Oct. 2 as those designed for the carrying of not more than 10 persons including the driver. Schools may continue to use those vehicles for any type of student transportation, but they are banned from using 11- to 15-passenger cargo vans that fail to conform with federal vehicle crash safety standards for school buses.

Cinda Meneghetti, Illinois' state director of pupil transportation, said these first division vehicles can be identified by the words passenger vehicle, MPPV or MPV on the manufacturer's sticker located on the inside of the driver's door.

Instead of the 11- to 15-passenger nonconforming vans, the IDOT said schools transporting students on school activity trips should use an MFSAB, which is constructed to school bus motor vehicle safety standards but is not equipped with flashing loading and unloading lights or a crossing stop arm. The law also allows schools to claim depreciation for MFSABs or white activity buses over the next five-year period on the state's Pupil Transportation Claim Reimbursement System.

HB3982, introduced by Rep. John D’Amico in February and signed into law on Aug. 13 by Gov. Pat Quinn, goes into effect on July 1, 2010.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2009 11:55