4503.17 Exemption of board of education school buses and post-office department vehicles from annual license tax.

(A) No school bus as defined in division (F) of section 4511.01 of the Revised Code is required to pay the annual license tax provided for in section 4503.02 of the Revised Code or to apply for or display registration plates, provided: the school bus complies with the requirements of sections 4511.76 to 4511.77 , inclusive, of the Revised Code.

(B) The owner of a school bus, other than a board of education, which is used as a school bus during the school year under a contract with a board of education may, upon proper application for registration and the payment of a license fee of twenty-five dollars, use such bus during summer vacation periods to transport children and their authorized supervisors to and from any camping function sponsored by a nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable, or philanthropic organization. The application for registration of such bus shall be accompanied by:

(1) An affidavit, prescribed by the registrar of motor vehicles and signed by the owner of such bus, stating that such bus is to be used exclusively, during the summer months, to transport school children to and from any school function or to transport children and their authorized supervisors to and from any camping function sponsored by a nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable, or philanthropic organization;

(2) A certificate from the state highway patrol stating that such bus is safe for operation in accordance with such standards as are prescribed by the state highway patrol.

The form of the license plate and the manner of its attachment to the vehicle shall be prescribed by the registrar of motor vehicles.

When the post-office department has the exclusive right and supervision of the use of a motor vehicle for a period of one year under contract by a United States civil service employee, the United States government shall be considered the owner of such vehicle and entitled to the registration thereof without charge.

Effective Date: 03-26-1971