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HF 782

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 02/04/2021 03:11pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to public safety; modifying school bus inspection criteria; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 169.451, subdivision 3.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 169.451, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

deleted text beginRules of commissionerdeleted text endnew text begin Inspection criterianew text end.

deleted text begin (a) The commissioner of public
safety shall provide by rule for the issuance and display of distinctive inspection certificates.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (b) The commissioner of public safety shall provide by rule a point system for evaluating
the effect on safety operation of any variance from law detected during inspections conducted
pursuant to subdivision 1.
deleted text end

new text begin (a) The Department of Public Safety shall inspect school buses in accordance with the
School Bus Inspection Manual as prescribed in section 169.4501, subdivision 3. Upon
completion of an inspection, a printed or electronic vehicle examination report must be
provided to the carrier or school district.
new text end

new text begin (b) A school bus displaying a defect as defined in the "School Bus Recommended
Out-of-Service Criteria" in the most recent edition of the "National School Transportation
Specification and Procedures" adopted by the National Congress on School Transportation
is deemed unsafe for student transportation. A rejection sticker shall be affixed to the lower
left corner of the windshield. The sticker shall be removed only upon authorization from a
member of the State Patrol who has determined that all defects have been corrected. Pending
reinspection and certification of the vehicle by a member of the State Patrol, a bus bearing
a rejection sticker may be used to transport students if the defects have been corrected and
the vehicle examination report is signed by the owner or a designee certifying that all defects
have been corrected. The signed report shall be carried in the first aid kit on the bus.
new text end

new text begin (c) A school bus that has had an inspection completed in which no out-of-service defects
were identified is deemed to have passed the inspection and an inspection certificate shall
be affixed to the lower left corner of the windshield. All defects identified must be repaired
within 14 days of the inspection. The person completing the repairs shall sign and date the
inspection report indicating the repairs were made. The inspection report must be retained
at the principle place of business of the carrier or school district for 12 months following
the inspection and must be available for review by a representative of the commissioner of
public safety.
new text end

new text begin (d) A defect discovered during an inspection that was identified during a previous
inspection but has not been corrected results in a failed inspection. A rejection sticker shall
be affixed to the lower left corner of the windshield.
new text end