Denominational Leaders

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Denominational Leaders
Weekly Lessons, created and written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA, give you a basic legal overview of essential topics based on staff or volunteer positions within a church.

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Week of December 29

Church Vans - Part 1

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Church Vans - Part 2

Introduction

This lesson introduces Part 2 of Church Vans. You can review the Executive Summary to obtain the key points or read the Weekly Lesson for a more thorough presentation of this topic. Start by completing the following interactive quiz to test your knowledge.

A church owns a 25-passenger vehicle that is used several days each year to transport church members to events in neighboring states. What, if any, legal concerns are raised by such trips?

Weekly Quiz

Instructions Click on the correct answer for each of the following questions.

Executive Summary

Many churches own 15-passenger vans, and most use them exclusively to transport children and adults on church-approved trips. Few church leaders are aware that these vans are designed to transport cargo, not people, and that they lack the many safety features required of school buses. The safety of these vans was called into question in a safety advisory issued by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2001. In 2002, the NHTSA reissued this safety advisory, based on the large number of accidents involving 15-passenger vans used by churches. This lesson is the second in a two-part series that reviews the legal risks associated with the use of 15-passenger vans by churches, and addresses ways to manage those risks.

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