High School Prom Party Bus and SPAB Drivers

Roman Worldwide Certified SPAB Drivers & Vehicles

Roman Worldwide Certified SPAB Drivers & Vehicles

Be a responsible parent this year.  Know about SPAB (School Pupil Activity Bus) before booking your teenagers prom limousine or party bus.  The California Highway Patrol will be cracking down hard this year, more so

than other years in the past in regards to non-certified drivers transporting teenagers to high school proms.

Many operators argue about a “grey area” around this subject; however Ron Mack, Motor Carrier Specialist of the California Highway Patrol says differently, “It’s simple.  If you are transporting 12th graders or below for a school function, like prom, winter formal, etc., then you are required to have a SPAB (School Pupil Activity Bus) Certified Driver and a CHP Certified Vehicle.  If you don’t, you are taking a big chance not only in having your vehicle impounded and the children’s parents finding an alternate means of transportation to get back home, but the driver and or operator may face legal charges as well, regardless whether the function was held at a school or a hotel.”

Some parents have asked when booking their child’s high school prom party bus reservation, “Why haven’t I heard about this before?”  As a compliant limousine operator, Roman Worldwide doesn’t have a great answer. Furthermore, we don’t understand why it has not been headlined in the past. It seems like we don’t hear about law regulating matters until there is a problem with a carrier or even worse, until an accident involving children as passengers in a limousine or party bus occurs.  Below are statements directly from the California Public Utility Commission CPUC regarding matters on SPAB.




Transporting pupils at or below the 12th grade level may require that your vehicle(s) and your driver(s) meet special licensing and certification requirements. Even if the transportation has not been arranged with a school, the transportation may still require special vehicle and driver certification if the transportation performed is to or from a school or school-related activity. The definitions for school and school-related activity are broad and could put your company in violation of the laws if transportation is conducted without the proper certifications. Prior to conducting any school pupil transportation, review the applicable laws and ensure that your vehicles and drivers have the necessary certifications and endorsements. If you have questions regarding the transportation, please contact the California Highway Patrol who can assist you to understand the requirements of the laws.

State Legislation passed in 2009 added Section 5387(c) to the Public Utilities Code effective January 1, 2010. Section 5378(c) provides that the Commission shall permanently revoke the charter-party carrier certificate or permit of a carrier which commits any of six violations named in paragraph (1) of the section. One of the violations is:

(E) Knowingly employs a bus driver who does not have a current and valid driver’s license of the proper class, a passenger vehicle endorsement, or the required certificate to drive a bus.

California Vehicle Code Section 545 defines a “schoolbus” as a “motor vehicle designed, used or maintained for the transportation of any school pupil at or below the 12th grade level to or from a public or private school or to or from public or private school activities, unless it meets of the exceptions stated in the section.”

School related activities are identified in the California Education Code, Section 35330(1), as field trips or excursions in connection with courses of instruction or school-related social, educational, cultural, athletic, or school band activities to and from places in the state. Additionally, Title 2 of the California Code of Regulations, Defines school-related activities, as events “in which the employee’s child is participating, including, but not limited to, plays, graduations, field trips, organized sports events, recitals, Scouts, 4-H, Junior Achievement and Grange”

If you are unsure whether or not your trip with school pupils requires certifications or you seek additional information, please contact your local CHP Motor Carrier Specialist for additional information or clarification.

Tim McGraw Concert Limo

Country fans rejoice! On Sunday, May 18th, Tim McGraw will be performing at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. The concert is a stop on his Sundown Heaven Town Tour with Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope.  Tickets are still for sale from Live Nation, and the show is also included in the Country Mega-Ticket package for Verizon Amphitheater and San Manuel Amphitheater.

Verizon Amphitheater (formerly known as Irvine Meadows) is a great venue, but the parking situation is runner up for the worst in Southern California, in my opinion (the “winner” there is the Hollywood Bowl’s stacked parking lots, just by a nose). The lot is vast and expansive, making it easy to forget where you’ve parked, and the singular entrance/exit means that you’ll be waiting for ages to get in and out (I think my record was 45 minutes to leave one night, and we left the amphitheater before the show had even ended!).  The parking attendants do their best, but with the massive amount of cars all trying to leave at the same time through the same exit, the situation is always a nightmare.

A great way to enjoy the concert and escape the hectic parking situation is to book chauffeured transportation. Booking a town car, limo, Sprinter, or party bus to transport you and your friends to and from the concert allows you to be picked up and dropped off at the designated area in front of the main gate, so you don’t have to sit in frustration in your car for thirty plus minutes before and after the show.

And here’s another benefit to booking transportation: when you book a limousine, Sprinter, or party bus from Roman Worldwide Transportation, we stock it with complimentary domestic beer, sodas, and water (as well as glassware if you’d like to bring your own beverages), so you can make the transportation a tailgate party. This is extra convenient, because Verizon Amphitheater’s security team is pretty strict about their no-alcohol-in-the-parking-lot policy, and the beer prices inside the venue are grossly inflated.

So, skip the hassle and headache that is parking and boost the level of fun and excitement by booking with Roman Worldwide Transportation for the Tim McGraw concert! You’ll thank me later, when you see the endless line of cars waiting to exit while you’re entering your limo and leaving it all behind.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Limo

2014 is the best year yet for the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van in the chauffeured transportation industry. The vehicle has seen incredible sales over the last year as it continues its reign as the next big thing in transportation.

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a tall-ceilinged van whose niche in the world of chauffeured transportation falls between stretch limousines and party buses. In transportation, their interiors come in all different varieties; from luxurious limo to high-class shuttle. Our own fleet of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter limo here at Roman Worldwide features fiber optic lighting, double J-style limousine seating, quilted leather seating, two flat screen televisions with CD/DVD player, surround sound, iPod hook-ups, and a mini-bar. It’s been one of our more popular vehicles, both because of its high-tech amenities, and because it bridges the gap for people who are looking for more space than a stretch limo, but less space than a vast party bus at half the size. Its six and a half feet of head space also provides enough room to stand and stretch, as well as enter and exit the vehicle without scooting or bending. It’s a vehicle of comfort and luxury, and it’s no wonder our customers enjoy it so much!

And, apparently, so does the rest of America. The US is currently the second largest market for Sprinter vans, behind Germany, and other motor companies are taking notice. At the LCT show (the big trade show for the limousine industry) in Las Vegas last month, both Chrysler and Ford debuted competing vehicles (the Ram Promaster and Transit Van, respectively), while more varieties of Sprinter limos were shown on the floor than ever before.

Despite the new surge of competition, Mercedes continues to outsell other large van manufacturers. Over the last few years, Sprinters have well outstripped the overall market for vans. While the market has increased 35% since 2009, the Sprinter’s sales have leaped an incredible 155%. Last year, over 163,000 Sprinters were sold worldwide, with 22,000 being in the US. The Sprinter’s numbers reflect Mercedes-Benz’s 130 year reputation for building top quality, precision vehicles that ooze luxury and style.

For more information regarding the Sprinter and it’s many uses, check out the Sprinter section of the blog (link on the left).

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