These plates are used on buses which transport passengers for hire. They can be used on vans to motorcoaches.
This type started in 1922 as “Jitney”. They had the reverse colors of passenger plates with a J- prefix. Sometime in the 1930s the type was changed to “Bus” which is used to today.
“Temporary Jitney” plates are known for the 1920s, with a TJ- prefix.
“General District” Bus plates were used starting sometime in the 1950s. These look the same as regular bus plates (including the “Bus” caption), but have a letter prefix. See section below.
As of 2016 Bus plates are now in the generic AB-12345 format.
Click the photo to see this type in use.
1936. The “Bus” caption was added in the early 1930s, but the “J” prefix for “Jitney” remained.
This plate was used in ’56 and ’57.
The shiny background didn’t scan too well.
1990s Map Base
BUS – GENERAL DISTRICT
1964 General District Bus