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    Hoping someone can share some knowledge on the subject. We have an old school bus that we have been operating for the past year now. We are tossing around the idea of reconfiguring the inside and doing some updates. I've been looking at some buses online and it appears some have built to cover rear emergency exit door and some of the side exit windows as well. I'm just curious if or what the law is regarding emergency exits if the bus isn't used as a "school bus" anymore. When we built it, we left room for all 4 window exits and the rear exit accessible as they were originally. While I don't want to build a "death trap". Some of the ideas we've came up with would require the exit windows to not be accessible anymore. Thanks for any input.
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    It depends on your area. For Michgan you cannot block emergency exits they need to be easily accessible. They also need to be labeled with instructions on how to open them and they need to function properly. The # of exits depends on the passenger count. For example under 20 passengers and over 20 passengers require a different # of exits on each site plus there needs to be either a rear window or ceiling roof hatch (in case bus flips on its side).

    Your best bet is to contact whoever does safety inspections for vehicles in your state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LIMOJESS View Post
    Some reading material to put you to sleep. http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regul...px?reg=571.217
    My eyes hurt after reading that. I will have to dig in more though. It does look like its regulated at the federal level though, correct? And shouldn't vary from one local to the next?
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