Five College Risk Management

Bus Trips

If you are renting (chartering) a bus, the bus company assumes all the liability for any accident involving the bus.

  1. Check the federal web site to make sure that the bus company is approved (satisfactory). If the company is not listed on the site, ask the company if they are registered under another name. If they do not have a "satisfactory" rating, you may not use them. You must use a company that does have a satisfactory rating.
  2. Obtain a certificate of insurance showing $5 million in limits from the bus company in conjunction with your contract with them for services. DOT regulations require a minimum of $5 million in limits. Auto insurers will not add third parties to their insurance policies as additional insureds, so the certificate is sufficient. Make sure that the certificate comes from their agent, not the company itself.
  3. Follow your school’s guidelines for contracting for services.