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HF 455

1st Engrossment - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 02/22/2018 05:04pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to public safety; prohibiting school bus stops in right-turn and bicycle
lanes except under specified conditions; requiring use of prewarning amber signals,
flashing red signals, and stop-signal arms when stopping in right-turn lanes;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 169.18, subdivision 7; 169.443,
subdivision 2.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 169.18, subdivision 7, is amended to read:

Subd. 7.

Laned highway.

When any roadway has been divided into two or more clearly
marked lanes for traffic, the following rules, in addition to all others consistent herewith,
shall apply:

(a) A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and
shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement
can be made with safety.

(b) Upon a roadway which is not a one-way roadway and which is divided into three
lanes, a vehicle shall not be driven in the center lane except when overtaking and passing
another vehicle where the roadway is clearly visible and such center lane is clear of traffic
within a safe distance, or in preparation for a left turn or where such center lane is at the
time allocated exclusively to traffic moving in the direction the vehicle is proceeding, and
is signposted to give notice of such allocation. The left lane of a three-lane roadway which
is not a one-way roadway shall not be used for overtaking and passing another vehicle.

(c) Official signs may be erected directing slow-moving traffic to use a designated lane
or allocating specified lanes to traffic moving in the same direction, and drivers of vehicles
shall obey the directions of every such sign.

(d) Whenever a bicycle lane has been established on a roadway, any person operating
a motor vehicle on such roadway shall not drive in the bicycle lane except to perform parking
maneuvers in order to park where parking is permitted, to enter or leave the highway, deleted text beginordeleted text end to
prepare for a turn as provided in section 169.19, subdivision 1new text begin, or to stop a school bus for
the purpose of receiving or discharging any person provided the school bus is equipped and
identified as provided in sections 169.441 and 169.442, subdivision 1, and the flashing red
signals are activated and stop-signal arm is extended
new text end.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 169.443, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Use of stop-signal arm.

(a) The stop-signal arm system of a school bus must
be used in conjunction with the flashing red signals only when the school bus is stopped on
a street or highway to load or unload school children.

(b) A local authority, including the governing body of an Indian tribe, may by ordinance
require that a school bus activate the stop-signal arm system and flashing red signals while
stopped to unload school children at a location other than a location on a street or highway.
The ordinance must designate each location where the requirement is imposed. The
requirement is effective only if the local authority has erected signs at or near the location
to provide adequate notice that other vehicles are required to obey section 169.444,
subdivision 1
, when those signals are activated.

new text begin (c) A school bus driver is prohibited from loading or unloading passengers in a designated
right-turn lane or in a lane immediately adjacent to a designated right-turn lane unless:
new text end

new text begin (1) a school bus stop designated by the district transportation safety director is located
in the right-turn lane;
new text end

new text begin (2) the driver stops the bus at the extreme right side of the right-turn lane; and
new text end

new text begin (3) the driver activates the prewarning flashing amber signals, flashing red signals, and
stop-arm signal, unless the school board or its designee, based on safety considerations, has
directed the driver not to do so in writing.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2017.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginRULE CHANGE.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner of public safety must amend Minnesota Rules, part 7470.1000, subpart
2, so that it is consistent with section 2, using the good cause procedure under Minnesota
Statutes, section 14.388.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end