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SF 3561

as introduced - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

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

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A bill for an act
relating to pupil transportation; modifying certain school bus definitions and
driver's license requirements; amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, sections
169.01, subdivision 6; 171.321, subdivision 5; Minnesota Statutes 2007
Supplement, section 171.02, subdivisions 2, 2a.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 169.01, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

School bus.

"School bus" means a motor vehicle used to transport pupils
to or from a school defined in section 120A.22, or to or from school-related activities, by
the school or a school district, or by someone under an agreement with the school or a
school district. A school bus does not include a motor vehicle transporting children to or
from school for which parents or guardians receive direct compensation from a school
district, a motor coach operating under charter carrier authority, a transit bus providing
services as defined in section 174.22, subdivision 7, deleted text begina multifunction school activity bus
as defined by federal motor vehicle safety standards,
deleted text end or a vehicle otherwise qualifying
as a type III vehicle under paragraph deleted text begin(5)deleted text endnew text begin (6)new text end, when the vehicle is properly registered and
insured and being driven by an employee or agent of a school district for nonscheduled or
nonregular transportation. A school busnew text begin, including a multifunctional school activity bus,new text end
may be type A, type B, type C, or type D, or type III as follows:

(1) A "type A school bus" is a deleted text beginvandeleted text end conversion deleted text beginordeleted text end bus constructed utilizing a cutaway
front section vehicle with a left-side driver's door. deleted text beginThe entrance door is behind the front
wheels.
deleted text end This definition includes two classifications: type A-I, with a gross vehicle weight
rating (GVWR) deleted text beginless than or equal to 10,000deleted text endnew text begin 14,500new text end poundsnew text begin or lessnew text end; and type A-II, with a
GVWR greater than deleted text begin10,000deleted text endnew text begin 14,500new text end poundsnew text begin and less than or equal to 21,500 poundsnew text end.

(2) A "type B school bus" is constructed utilizing a stripped chassis. The entrance
door is behind the front wheels. This definition includes two classifications: type B-I,
with a GVWR less than or equal to 10,000 pounds; and type B-II, with a GVWR greater
than 10,000 pounds.

(3) A "type C school bus" is constructed utilizing a chassis with a hood and front
fender assembly. The entrance door is behind the front wheels.new text begin A type C school bus also
includes a cutaway truck chassis or truck chassis with cab with or without a left side door
and with a GVWR greater than 21,500 pounds.
new text end

(4) A "type D school bus" is constructed utilizing a stripped chassis. The entrance
door is ahead of the front wheels.

(5) new text beginA "multifunctional school activity bus" is a school bus that is in conformance
with the federal motor vehicle safety standards, Code of Federal Regulations, title
49, sections 571.3 (definitions), 571.108 (lamps, reflective devices, and associated
equipment), and 571.131 (school bus pedestrian safety devices) and may be painted any
color notwithstanding any law to the contrary, but does not include vehicles classified as
type III school buses according to paragraph (6).
new text end

new text begin (6) new text endType III school buses and type III Head Start buses are restricted to passenger
cars, station wagons, vans, and buses having a maximum manufacturer's rated seating
capacity of ten or fewer people, including the driver, and a gross vehicle weight rating of
10,000 pounds or less. In this subdivision, "gross vehicle weight rating" means the value
specified by the manufacturer as the loaded weight of a single vehicle. A "type III school
bus" and "type III Head Start bus" must not be outwardly equipped and identified as a type
A, B, C, or D school bus or type A, B, C, or D Head Start bus. A van or bus converted to a
seating capacity of ten or fewer and placed in service on or after August 1, 1999, must
have been originally manufactured to comply with the passenger safety standards.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2008.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 171.02, subdivision 2, is
amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Driver's license classifications, endorsements, exemptions.

(a) Drivers'
licenses are classified according to the types of vehicles that may be driven by the holder
of each type or class of license. The commissioner may, as appropriate, subdivide the
classes listed in this subdivision and issue licenses classified accordingly.

(b) Except as provided in paragraph (c), clauses (1) and (2), and subdivision 2a, no
class of license is valid to operate a motorcycle, school bus, tank vehicle, double-trailer
or triple-trailer combination, vehicle transporting hazardous materials, or bus, unless
so endorsed. There are four general classes of licenses as described in paragraphs (c)
through (f).

(c) Class D drivers' licenses are valid for:

(1) operating all farm trucks if the farm truck is:

(i) controlled and operated by a farmer, including operation by an immediate family
member or an employee of the farmer;

(ii) used to transport agricultural products, farm machinery, or farm supplies,
including hazardous materials, to or from a farm;

(iii) not used in the operations of a common or contract motor carrier as governed by
Code of Federal Regulations, title 49, part 365; and

(iv) used within 150 miles of the farm;

(2) notwithstanding paragraph (b), operating an authorized emergency vehicle,
as defined in section 169.01, subdivision 5, whether or not in excess of 26,000 pounds
gross vehicle weight;

(3) operating a recreational vehicle as defined in section 168.011, subdivision 25,
that is operated for personal use;

(4) operating all single-unit vehicles except vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of
more than 26,000 pounds, vehicles designed to carry more than 15 passengers including
the driver, and vehicles that carry hazardous materials;

(5) notwithstanding paragraph (d), operating a type deleted text beginAdeleted text endnew text begin A-Inew text end school bus deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin, includingnew text end a
multifunctional school activity busnew text begin,new text end without a school bus endorsement if:

(i) deleted text beginthe bus has a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds or less;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (ii)deleted text end the bus is designed to transport 15 or fewer passengers, including the driver; and

deleted text begin (iii)deleted text end new text begin(ii) new text endthe requirements of subdivision 2a are satisfied, as determined by the
commissioner;

(6) operating any vehicle or combination of vehicles when operated by a licensed
peace officer while on duty; and

(7) towing vehicles if:

(i) the towed vehicles have a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds or less; or

(ii) the towed vehicles have a gross vehicle weight of more than 10,000 pounds and
the combination of vehicles has a gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or less.

(d) Class C drivers' licenses are valid for:

(1) operating class D motor vehicles;

(2) with a hazardous materials endorsement, transporting hazardous materials
in class D vehicles; and

(3) with a school bus endorsement, operating school buses designed to transport 15
or fewer passengers, including the driver.

(e) Class B drivers' licenses are valid for:

(1) operating all class C motor vehicles, class D motor vehicles, and all other
single-unit motor vehicles including, with a passenger endorsement, buses; and

(2) towing only vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds or less.

(f) Class A drivers' licenses are valid for operating any vehicle or combination of
vehicles.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective retroactively to January 1, 2008.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 171.02, subdivision 2a, is
amended to read:


Subd. 2a.

Exception for certain school bus drivers.

Notwithstanding subdivision
2, paragraph (c), the holder of a class D driver's license, without a school bus endorsement,
may operate a type A school busnew text begin, including a multifunctional school activity bus,new text end
described in subdivision 2, paragraph (b), under the following conditions:

(a) The operator is an employee of the entity that owns, leases, or contracts for the
school bus and is not solely hired to provide transportation services under this subdivision.

(b) The operator drives the school bus only from points of origin to points of
destination, not including home-to-school trips to pick up or drop off students.

(c) The operator is prohibited from using deleted text beginthedeleted text endnew text begin annew text end eight-light system. Violation of
this paragraph is a misdemeanor.

(d) The operator's employer has adopted and implemented a policy that provides for
annual training and certification of the operator in:

(1) safe operation of the type of school bus the operator will be driving;

(2) understanding student behavior, including issues relating to students with
disabilities;

(3) encouraging orderly conduct of students on the bus and handling incidents of
misconduct appropriately;

(4) knowing and understanding relevant laws, rules of the road, and local school
bus safety policies;

(5) handling emergency situations; and

(6) safe loading and unloading of students.

(e) A background check or background investigation of the operator has been
conducted that meets the requirements under section 122A.18, subdivision 8, or 123B.03
for teachers; section 144.057 or chapter 245C for day care employees; or section 171.321,
subdivision 3
, for all other persons operating a deleted text begintype A school busdeleted text endnew text begin vehiclenew text end under this
subdivision.

(f) Operators shall submit to a physical examination as required by section 171.321,
subdivision 2
.

(g) The operator's driver's license is verified annually by the entity that owns, leases,
or contracts for the deleted text beginschool busdeleted text endnew text begin vehiclenew text end.

(h) A person who sustains a conviction, as defined under section 609.02, of violating
section 169A.25, 169A.26, 169A.27, 169A.31, 169A.51, or 169A.52, or a similar statute
or ordinance of another state is precluded from operating a school bus for five years
from the date of conviction.

(i) A person who has ever been convicted of a disqualifying offense as defined in
section 171.3215, subdivision 1, paragraph (c), may not operate a school bus under this
subdivision.

(j) A person who sustains a conviction, as defined under section 609.02, of a fourth
moving offense in violation of chapter 169 is precluded from operating a school bus for
one year from the date of the last conviction.

(k) Students riding the deleted text beginschool busdeleted text endnew text begin vehiclenew text end must have training required under section
123B.90, subdivision 2.

(l) An operator must be trained in the proper use of child safety restraints as set
forth in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's "Guideline for the Safe
Transportation of Pre-school Age Children in School Buses," if child safety restraints are
used by the passengers.

(m) Annual certification of the requirements listed in this subdivision must be
maintained under separate file at the business location for each operator licensed under
this subdivision and subdivision 2, paragraph (b), clause (5). The business manager,
school board, governing body of a nonpublic school, or any other entity that owns,
leases, or contracts for the school bus operating under this subdivision is responsible
for maintaining these files for inspection.

(n) The deleted text beginschool busdeleted text endnew text begin vehiclenew text end must bear a current certificate of inspection issued under
section 169.451.

(o) new text beginIf new text endthe word "School" new text beginappears new text endon the front and rear of the busnew text begin, the word "School"new text end
must be covered by a sign that reads "Activities" when the bus is being operated under
authority of this subdivision.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2008.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 171.321, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Annual evaluation and license verification.

(a) A school district,
nonpublic school, or private contractor shall provide in-service training annually to each
school bus driver.

(b) A school district, nonpublic school, or private contractor shall annually verify
the validity of the driver's license of each employee who regularly transports students for
the district in a type A school bus, a type B school bus, a type C school bus, or type D
school bus, new text beginwhether or not that bus is a multifunctional school activity bus, new text endor regularly
transports students for the district in a type III vehicle with the National Driver Register
or with the Department of Public Safety.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2008.
new text end