Reminder of Transportation
Issues Shared Spring 2001
(November 11, 2001)
Safety Requirements for Operators of Small Passenger-Carrying
Commercial Motor Vehicle used in Interstate Commerce
does not necessarily relate to the camp community.
States are translating the National Transportation
Safety Board (NTSB) position in a variety of ways.
As such, camp directors should do the following:
- Investigate your state regulations on transportation
particularly for 15 passenger vans.
- Contact your insurance broker to determine
Federal Motor Carrier
Effective April 13, 2001, this regulation requires
that anyone operating commercial motor vehicles
used to transport 9 to 15 passengers to:
- File a "motor
carrier identification report " with
the Federal Highway Administration
- Mark their vehicles with a USDOT identification
- Maintain an accident register
This regulation does apply to camps. Please
read the CampLine articles below for more information.
In the 1970's,
MFVSS definitions (CFR 571.3) indicate
As a result of a special investigation
Available to ACA Professional
Following their investigation, NTSB made the
following safety recommendations:
To the Department of Health
and Human Services:
- Require that Head Start children be transported
in vehicles built to federal school bus structural
standards or the equivalent.
- Incorporate and mandate the use of the guidelines
from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's
Guideline for the Safe Transportation of Pre-school
Age Children in School Buses into the rules
for the transportation of Head Start children.
To the Governors of the 50 states
and the Mayor of the District of Columbia:
- Require that all vehicles carrying more than
10 passengers (buses) and transporting children
to and from school and school-related activities,
including, but not limited to Head Start programs
and day care centers, meet the school bus structural
standards or the equivalent as set forth in
49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 571.
- Review your state and local laws and, if applicable,
revise to eliminate any exclusions or exemptions
pertaining to the use of age-appropriate restraints
in all seat belt-equipped vehicles carrying
more than 10 passengers (buses) and transporting
- Adopt the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration's Guideline for the Safe Transport
of Pre-School Age Children in School Buses and,
distribute the guidelines and encourage their
implementation by all operators of school buses
that transport preschool-age children to and
from school or school related activities.