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MINIMUM TEXAS SCHOOL BUS BODY SPECIFICATIONS

The design of school bus bodies is to provide for the safety of pupils and for long range, maintenance free factors as required by Transportation Code 547.7015 and Education Code 34.002.

AISLE WIDTH

The standard aisle width will be a minimum of twelve (12) inches.

BATTERY AND ELECTRICAL COMPARTMENTS

A body skirt-mounted slide out tray and battery box is required for the batteries on all Type A (diesel), C, and D bodies. When three batteries are installed the battery tray must be roll out type. Battery cables shall be long enough to allow the battery tray to be fully extended.

All Type C, and D bodies equipped with air conditioning and/or lift shall also be equipped with a sealed door compartment mounted near but not greater than 24 inches from the battery box with external access, for mounting circuit breakers and control circuitry for these options.

BODY DATA (IDENTIFICATION) PLATE

Each body shall bear a permanently attached metal plate, attached with rivets, showing the name of the manufacturer, the date of body manufacture, the body serial number, and the "Maximum Design Capacity". The plate shall have a space for the dealer to enter information. The dealer shall enter TX and the specification year (example TX 08). The plate shall be attached in the driver’s area. Decals and glue are not acceptable.

BUMPER, REAR

Rear bumper shall be of pressed steel channel at least 3/16 inch thick, 9 1/2 inches high and flanged two (2) inches at top and bottom or otherwise designed to furnish equal flexural strength. It shall be of wrap around design and securely fastened to each chassis frame rail and braced diagonally from each end of bumper to chassis frame rail with heavy braces to permit fully loaded bus to be pushed without permanent distortion to bumper, chassis, or body. Contour of bumper shall fit contour of body in a manner to prevent hitching to or riding on bumper. An appropriate seal shall be applied between bumper and body panel, unless the gap between bumper and body panel is 1/8" or less. The bumper shall be attached to the chassis frame in such a manner that it may be easily removed. It shall be so braced as to withstand impact from the rear or the side.

CHILD CHECK SYSTEM

Section C-2

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