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I need some help here.  My organization provides health related services to seniors in Illinois, many of which do not have access to transportation.  As a result, we provide van service, free of charge to those who need it.  Recently, one of our drivers was involved in a MVA through no fault of his own.  He was driving a cutoff van with a bus body on it (think airport rental bus or nursing home van).  These vehicles typically seat 8 or so passengers with the remaining seats removed for wheelchairs (1-3).  The responding officer indicated our driver (who had no passengers on board) was "operating a passenger-carrying vehicle without possessing valid medical certificate".  This being said, in the 7 other states that we operate there is no such requirement to have a medical card as we are not for hire, and we are not engaging in interstate commerce and our vehicles carry less than 15 passengers.

Any thoughts here before I make a dozen or so folks obtain medical cards?

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In Ohio, we were told that since we cross borders, we need med cars for our 1 ton.  Plus all the other crap that goes along with it, DOT number, etc.   We are just a machine shop, moving our own stuff to vendors.  We now use a 1/2 ton pickup and a little tag trailer to help fly under the radar easier.  Looks less "business like" then a stakebed truck.  So goes the saying "looks like a duck, walks like a duck".....so now we try to be like a mouse!

 

I guess you need to call your DMV and see what their take on it is(anonymously, being just someone that is looking for basic information).   Maybe the officer is incorrect in his assumption.  Though dealing with DMV might not go so well either?   I think maybe the crossing state lines might have more to do with it then anything?   Just my .02

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We need medical cards in Ma for anything over 10k gvw whether or not we leave the state. How many people can you carry before you need a passenger endorsement on your license?

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Pretty sure it is 15 passengers for buses

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How is it registered. Commercial plates  bus plate what is the gvw 

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Was a ticket/citation issued? If so, was the relevant section of the Illinois MVC cited on the ticket? If not the ticket can be thrown out but that's another story for another time. For now, if a ticket was issued, and the section was cited, you should be able to pull it up on the interwebz. 
 

If a Citation was not issued and it was more or less a polite warning for you, I would call the Officer and politely ask him to cite the relevant section of the Illinois MVC and verify before you start the hassle of spending money and time getting your people into compliance. 

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Anything remotely resembling a truck they smell money!

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It really sucks a weekend warrior can drag his 40 foot camper trailer anywhere he wants no special license or medical card but pull a trailer for a living and things change quickly.

 

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18 hours ago, BillyT said:

Anything remotely resembling a truck they smell money!

no doubt about that!

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