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SF 2206

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/08/2019 09:09am

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to motor vehicles; requiring drivers to yield the right-of-way to a school
bus; allowing school buses to re-enter traffic after loading or unloading passengers
in a right-turn lane; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 169.20, subdivision
7; 169.443, subdivision 2.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 169.20, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Transit busnew text begin; school busnew text end.

new text begin(a) new text endThe driver of a vehicle traveling in the right-hand
lane of traffic shall yield the right-of-way to any transit bus attempting to enter that lane
from a bus stop or shoulder, as indicated by a flashing left turn signal.

new text begin (b) The driver of a vehicle traveling in the right-hand lane of traffic shall yield the
right-of-way to any school bus attempting to enter that lane from a shoulder, right-turn lane,
or other location where the school bus has stopped to load or unload passengers. The school
bus must indicate the intent to enter the right-hand lane of traffic by activating a flashing
left turn signal.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, 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.

(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:

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

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

(3) the driver activates the prewarning flashing amber signals, flashing red signals, and
stop-signal arm, unless the school board or its designee, based on safety considerations,
provides written direction to the driver not to do so.

new text begin After loading or unloading passengers, the school bus driver may re-enter the right-hand
lane of traffic without turning right. The school bus must indicate the intent to enter the
right-hand lane of traffic by activating a flashing left turn signal.
new text end