EEAD-R: Special Use of School Buses

Classification: 
E: Support Services
Code: 
EEAD-R

The following regulations have been approved by the Board of School Trustees (the “Board”) for field studies organized in connection with the school program.

Public transportation 

Chartered buses are adequately insured for the passenger limitations for which they are licensed. 

Private vehicles 

Board liability insurance coverage has been extended to provide excess insurance to persons who use their private motor vehicles to transport students in relation with school activities.  Regulations pursuant to the Automobile Insurance Act permit the "occasional" use of private vehicles to transport students; "occasional" is interpreted to mean no more than six times a month.  Teachers driving students more than six times a month or more than 1600 km/1,000 miles per year should have the vehicle insured for business use.  Owner/driver's own third-party liability insurance should be adequate, regardless of use classification; the Board's excess third-party liability insurance merely extends the coverage to a limit set by the Ministry of Education (see EEAE - Student Transportation in Private Vehicles).

Seat belts 

B.C. seat belt legislation requires that "drivers and passengers must properly use the seat belts provided." It is also the responsibility of the driver to see that students aged 6 to 16 properly use the seat belts provided.  The Board advises that students should not be transported in private vehicles unless there is a seat belt provided for each one.  No vehicle used for transporting students on field studies should ever be overloaded. 

Vans 

Drivers of vehicles carrying up to 10 passengers (including the driver) are required to have a Class 5 license.  Any vehicle having a seating capacity of, 11 to 24 persons, including the driver, and used for hire or public transportation (as opposed to private use), requires the driver to hold a Class 4 driver's licence. The distinction between public and private use is a narrow one; therefore, it would be advisable to have the Class 4 licence.

Buses 

Schools considering buying or leasing a school bus and providing their own driver must be aware of the proper driver's licence required for transporting passengers in the vehicle and requirements of the Motor Carrier Act.  For insurance purposes, school-owned buses/vehicles must be registered in the name of the district, and the insurance must be purchased through the district office to ensure appropriate minimum coverage is met (see policy IICA-R - Field Studies). 

Drivers of school bus, special activity bus or special vehicle carrying between 11 and 24 passengers (including the driver) are required to have a Class 4 license. Violation of this requirement might void liability insurance etc. 

Drivers of school bus, special activity bus or special vehicle carrying more than 24 passengers (including the driver) are required to have a Class 2 license. Violation of this requirement might void liability insurance etc.

DMT Responsibility: ST

Cross References: 
EEAE: Student Transportation in Private Vehicles; IICA-R: Field Studies
Revision Date: 
Oct 1982
Oct 1985
Aug 1990
Sep 1994
Jan 1999
Apr 2007