Contracted Transportation by Parents
Commissioner’s Regulations Section 156.3 provides that a board of education may contract with parents to transport their own children. Such a contract is subject to the competitive bidding requirements of General Municipal Law, but when the parents transport only their own children, the parent is exempt from the commercial licensing requirements of Section 156.3 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. Also, the parent's vehicle is not subject to a school bus inspection by the Department of Transportation. In addition, a parent may request an exemption from Article 19-A of Vehicle and Traffic Law. An exemption from Article 19-A may be granted for a person operating his or her own vehicle with a seating capacity of 10 or fewer adults, reimbursing parents at the Federal reimbursement rate or for reimbursing parents for two round trips to and from school each day, as long as the reimbursement reflects the actual cost of the parent transporting the student. The district may be reimbursed for the actual costs under State Transportation Aid.
Exemptions may be requested by contacting:
The NYS Department of Motor Vehicles Bus Driver Unit at (518) 473-9455, or the address:
NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
Bus Driver Unit
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 136B
Albany, NY 12228