The state of New York encourages the use of ridesharing as a conservation measure. As an incentive, drivers of vanpool vehicles are exempt from the special licensing requirements that are applicable to common carriers, such as bus drivers.
Vanpools. A vanpool vehicle is one that is owned by or leased to a person, firm, corporation, or municipal authority for the purpose of vanpooling and has seating capacity for between 6 and 15 passengers in addition to the driver. Vanpooling is the prearranged transport of people to and from their place of employment on a regular daily basis. All money paid to the vanpool owner or operator is to be on a nonprofit basis, to cover operating expenses, including taxes, gas, tolls, and insurance. Vanpool vans must have special registration plates and must pay the same registration fees that they would pay if they were not used for vanpooling (NY Vehicle and Traffic Code Sec. 158-b, Sec. 401).