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Are personal vehicles allowed to transport students?

By Layron Livingston - bio | email

QUITMAN, TX (KLTV) - Thousands of East Texas parents send their kids off on school trips, all the time. And, they're not always loading up on school buses.

The Quitman FFA students were on their way to San Antonio on a school outing, in a faculty member's personal vehicle.

The law isn't clear on this particular situation.

A Texas Education Agency spokesperson says the law is silent when it comes to personal vehicles being used.

Under the education code, passenger cars or vans can be used to carry 15 or fewer people. But, the law doesn't specify whether those vehicles have to be owned or maintained by the district.

The Suburban involved in Thursday's accident could seat up to nine passengers. There were 7, including the driver in the SUV when the accident happened.

If a passenger van is used, the law says the operator, or driver, has to make sure the number of passengers isn't over the maximum limit for that specific vehicle.

The education code says the operator also has to make sure everyone on board is wearing a seatbelt.

Any group with 15 or more has to be carried in a school bus or some kind of motor bus.

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