There are only four exceptions listed in Section 234.02(a), Florida Statutes, that allow
students to be transported in non-approved school buses:
(a) When the student is physically handicapped or isolated;
(b) When transportation is part of a comprehensive contract for a specialized
(c) When transportation is provided through a public transit system; or
(d) When the transportation of students is necessary or practical in a motor
vehicle owned or operated by a school board other than a school bus, such
transportation must be provided in designated seating positions in a passenger
car not to exceed 8 students or in a multipurpose passenger vehicle designed
to transport 10 or fewer persons which meets all applicable federal motor
vehicle safety standards.
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