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related activity trip other than on routes to and from school. A school bus is a bus owned, leased, contracted to or operated by a school or school district and regularly used to transport students to and from school or school-related activities, must meet all applicable FMVSS's, and is readily identified by alternately flashing lights, National School Bus Yellow paint, and the legend "School Bus”. The term does not include a chartered bus, a bus operated by a mass transit authority or school activity bus.

  • SPECIALLY EQUIPPED BUS: (Transportation Code 541.201 “Vehicles” (16) Specially Equipped Bus: A school bus designed, equipped, or modified to accommodate students with special needs.

  • STOCK BUS: A bus that exists in the inventory of the vendor.

  • TBPC or Commission: Texas Building and Procurement Commission (formerly the General Services Commission, GSC)

  • TEA or Education Agency: Texas Education Agency

  • TRANSIT STYLE BUS: A school bus with the steering wheel, pedals, instruments, and other driver controls mounted as far forward as possible, usually just behind the windshield. The engine is located behind the windshield, either at the front of the bus, or at the rear of the bus, or in between these positions. The service door is located forward of the front axle.

  • TXDPS, DPS, Department: Texas Department of Public Safety

  • USDOT: United States Department of Transportation, a Federal department with the power to mandate vehicle construction and enforce said requirements.

  • VENDOR: Manufacturer's representative or dealer licensed to make sales and supply parts and services in Texas.


This specification describes the requirements for school buses for the state of Texas. The 2008 Texas School Bus Specifications are effective January 1, 2008 and supersede the 2007 Texas School Bus Specifications.

This specification is adopted as authorized under Texas Transportation Code Title 7, Chapter 547.7015, Education Code 34.002, and Texas Administrative Code, Title 37, Part 1, Chapter 14.

All public school buses (bodies and chassis) purchased or acquired after the effective date of this document which are owned, operated, rented, leased, and/or contracted for by any public school board (including open enrollment charter school) in Texas, to transport children to and from school or school-related events, and shall:

  • a.

    Meet or exceed the minimum requirements of these specifications;

  • b.

    Meet all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards

The Specifications for Texas School Buses are the Safety Standards referenced in the Education Code 34.002 and Transportation Code 547.7015. A copy may be obtained at: www.txdps.state.tx.us/schoolbus/links.htm

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