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School districts/entities desiring additional service manuals may purchase them separately for school buses ordered by corresponding directly with the manufacturers / distributors.


There shall be installed a reflective marking package as specified in the National Specifications for School Buses. This package shall include markings for the front, rear, and both sides. Striping on sides of bus shall be at least 1 3/4 inches wide meeting the ASTM D-4956-90 Type 5 reflective sheeting standard. Striping shall be installed longitudinally the length of the body at the vertical location immediately below the seat level rub rails but high enough so as to clear wheel wells, whenever possible. Short breaks in the striping at rivet locations are acceptable.


Two red reflectors on rear side panels, two red reflectors on rear panels, and two intermediate amber reflectors on buses over thirty (30) feet, mounted with mechanical fasteners.


  • A.

    There shall be one (1) rub rail on each side of bus approximately at seat level, which shall extend from entrance door post around bus body (except for emergency door) to point of curvature near cowl on left side.

  • B.

    There shall be rub rails located approximately at the floor line and bottom of outer skirt which shall cover same longitudinal area as upper rub rail, except at wheel housings, and shall extend only to radii of right and left corners.

  • C.

    There shall be a rub rail located horizontally at the bottom edge of the windows.

  • D.

    Rub rails shall be attached twice at each body post and at all other upright structural members.

  • E.

    Rub rails shall be a one-piece (1-piece) continuous construction, four (4) inches or more in width in its finished form, shall be of sixteen (16)-gauge steel, and shall be constructed in corrugated or ribbed fashion.

  • F.

    Rub rails shall be applied outside of body panels. Pressed-in or snap-in rub rails do not satisfy this requirement.

  • G.

    Drainage: The bottom edge of each rub rail shall have provisions for drainage of accumulated moisture.

  • H.

    On type D rear engine buses the rub rail may terminate at the engine compartment.


All buses shall be equipped with eight (8) designated seating positions that incorporate rigid lower anchorages or lap belts for the installation of portable child restraints. If anchorages are provided, they shall comply with the requirements of FMVSS 225 as

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