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HF 1304

2nd Engrossment - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 04/23/2013 09:26pm

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

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A bill for an act
relating to transportation; amending regulations governing school bus use for
special events; amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 168.013, subdivision
18; 169.011, by adding a subdivision; 169.441, subdivision 3; 169.443,
subdivision 3; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 169.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 168.013, subdivision 18, is amended to read:


Subd. 18.

School buses.

Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision 1, school
buses used exclusively for the transportation of students under contract with a school
district, deleted text beginordeleted text end used in connection with transportation for nonprofit educational institutions,new text begin or
used as provided under section 169.4475,
new text end shall be taxed during each year of the vehicle
life of such bus the amount of $25.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 169.011, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 169.441, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Sign on bus; application of other law.

new text begin(a) new text endSections 169.443, subdivision
2
; and 169.444, subdivisions 1, 4, and 5, apply only if the school bus bears on its front
and rear a plainly visible sign containing the words "school bus" in letters at least eight
inches in height.

new text begin (b) new text endExcept as provided in section 169.443, subdivision 8, deleted text beginthedeleted text endnew text begin a school busnew text end sign must
be removed or covered when the vehicle is being used as other than a school bus.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 169.443, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

When signals not used.

School bus drivers shall not activate the prewarning
flashing amber signals or flashing red signals and shall not use the stop arm signal:

(1) in special school bus loading areas where the bus is entirely off the traveled
portion of the roadway and where no other motor vehicle traffic is moving or is likely to
be moving within 20 feet of the bus;

(2) when directed not to do so, in writing, by the local school board;

(3) when a school bus is being used on a street or highway for purposes other
than the actual transportation of school children to or from school or a school-approved
activity, except as provided in subdivision 8;

(4) at railroad grade crossings; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(5)new text begin when operating the bus under section 169.4475; and
new text end

new text begin (6)new text end when loading and unloading people at designated school bus stops where people
are not required to cross the street or highway, while the bus is completely off the
traveled portion of a roadway that has adequate shoulders. The driver shall drive the bus
completely off the traveled portion of this roadway before loading or unloading people. A
school bus stop is designated under this clause if the transportation director of the school
district in which the bus stop is located, in consultation with the road authority, certifies the
integrity of the shoulder and the safety of the location for loading and unloading people.
Each designated school bus stop must be documented and approved by the school board.

Sec. 5.

new text begin [169.4475] SPECIAL EVENT SCHOOL BUS USE.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Temporary use authority. new text end

new text begin A pupil transport entity that meets the
requirements of this section may operate a school bus for which the entity has paid
registration tax under section 168.013, subdivision 18, to provide transportation that is not
pupil transportation without reregistration of the bus, issuance of new plates, or payment
of additional taxes and fees under chapter 168.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Requirements. new text end

new text begin A pupil transport entity may operate a school bus under
this section if:
new text end

new text begin (1) the transportation is performed under an agreement with a tax exempt entity
under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, as defined in section 289A.02,
subdivision 7, solely to transport participants in conjunction with a special event of up to
two days organized or substantially sponsored by the tax exempt entity; and
new text end

new text begin (2) the pupil transportation entity meets the requirements of a motor carrier of
passengers under chapter 221, including but not limited to use of a temporary vehicle
identification card under section 221.132 for the school bus.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin School bus equipment. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding section 169.448, subdivision 1, a
school bus operated under this section may:
new text end

new text begin (1) be painted national school bus glossy yellow; and
new text end

new text begin (2) be equipped with a stop-signal arm, prewarning flashing amber signals, and
flashing red signals.
new text end