The requirements specified herein are the minimum requirements for school buses in Texas. The date used to determine the applicability of these specifications shall be defined as the date the vendor receives the purchase order or signs a valid sales contract with the purchaser.
Other government entities may reference the Texas School Bus Specification for purchase of school buses. When so referenced, school buses purchased shall meet all requirements.
All school bus chassis and body manufacturers shall certify to the Texas Department of Public Safety, in the form of a letter, that all school buses offered for sale to or use by the public school systems in Texas meet or exceed all standards, specifications, and requirements as specified herein and proof of general liability insurance to include the carrier of the insurance policy. Receipt of the letter shall precede the sale of a school bus built to these specifications.
Dealer stock school buses and used school buses purchased or operated by a public school board (including open enrollment charter schools) in Texas shall meet or exceed all Federal and the state of Texas requirements for public school buses that were in effect on the date the vehicle was ordered by the vendor from the manufacturer. The vendor, prior to the bid, will inform the potential purchaser, in writing, that the vendor is offering a "stock bus". All vendors must be licensed by the Texas Motor Vehicles Division of the Texas Department of Transportation to engage in the business of selling or exchanging motor vehicles as specified in the Texas Motor Vehicle Commission Code, latest revision. For additional information see: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/statutes/tr/tr0050300toc.html, when this site opens scroll down to 503.021, 503.029, and 503.032.
Changes or Clarification of Specifications: Should a clarification or interpretation of these Texas School Bus Specifications be requested, inquiries should be directed to the Texas Department of Public Safety, School Transportation, Program Administrator, P.O. Box 4087, Austin, TX 78773- 0525
School Bus Types:
TYPE A: A "Type A" school bus is a van conversion or body constructed utilizing a cutaway front-section vehicle with a left side driver's door. The Type A bus shall be no less than 10,000 lbs. and not exceed 19,500 GVWR. The entrance door is behind the front wheels. No single rear wheel vehicles will be allowed. A Type A bus is defined in the “Minimum Chassis Specifications Chart Type A Bus, page B-8. TYPE B: A "Type B" school bus is constructed utilizing a stripped chassis. The entrance door is behind the front wheels and has a GVWR of greater than 10,000 pounds. A manufacturer shall provide the minimum specifications for approval on a Type B prior to the sale of a Type B school bus in Texas.