Jacob's Law

Jacob's Law Jacob's Law was enacted in South Carolina in 2000 to prohibit passenger vans that do not conform to school bus construction standards from providing to-and-from or activity-trip school transportation service. The law was named in honor of 6-year-old Jacob Strebler who was fatally injured in 1994 in a collision involving a truck and the nonconforming van in which he was riding. (The Strebler Case).

Under Federal law, any motor vehicle designed to carry driver and more than 10 persons and used to transport pre-primary, primary and secondary school students to or from school or a school-related event is classified as a school bus.

South Carolina state law (56-5-195, SC Code of Laws), provides: As of July 1, 2000, any entity transporting preprimary, primary, or secondary school students to or from school, school related activities, or child day care is required to use a vehicle that meets federal school bus safety standards. Any vehicle purchased before July 1, 2000 will not have to meet the terms of this section until July 1, 2006. Vehicles acquired on or after July 1, 2000, must meet the requirements of this section upon purchase of the vehicle.

The South Carolina Department of Social Services advises parents to ask if their children are being transported in vehicles that meet the requirements of the federal law school bus safety standards. If children are being transported on non-conforming buses, or if the school is unsure, parents are urged to speak up about the danger that can be encountered.

To report a suspected violation, call toll free 1-800-424-9393 or contact the Office of General Counsel, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 212-366-9511 or www.nhtsa.gov.

For questions, contact the State Transport Police at 803-896-5500 or visit the website at www.scstp.org

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