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SF 3735

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/27/2020 03:54pm

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to public safety; requiring certain bus operators to make certain disclosures
to employers and possess proof of physical qualifications to operate school buses;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 171.02, subdivisions 2a, 2b.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 171.02, subdivision 2a, is amended to read:


Subd. 2a.

Exception for certain school bus drivers.

Notwithstanding subdivision 2,
paragraph (b), the holder of a class D driver's license, without a school bus endorsement,
may operate a type A school bus or a multifunction school activity bus 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 the 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 school bus under this subdivision.

(f) Operators shall submit to a physical examination as required by section 171.321,
subdivision 2
new text begin, and must have in their possession the original or a copy of a current medical
examiner's certificate, or otherwise provide proof of being medically qualified, to operate
a school bus under this subdivision
new text end.

(g) The operator's driver's license is verified annually by the entity that owns, leases, or
contracts for the school bus.

(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 school bus 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 school bus must bear a current certificate of inspection issued under section
169.451.

(o) If the word "School" appears on the front and rear of the bus, the word "School"
must be covered by a sign that reads "Activities" when the bus is being operated under
authority of this subdivision.

(p) The type A-I school bus or multifunction school activity bus is designed to transport
15 or fewer passengers, including the driver.

(q) The school bus or multifunction school activity bus has a gross vehicle weight rating
of 14,500 pounds or less.

new text begin (r) An operator who sustains a conviction as described in paragraph (h), (i), or (j) while
employed by the entity that owns, leases, or contracts for the school bus must report the
conviction to the employer within ten days of the date of the conviction.
new text end

new text begin (s) An operator whose driver's license is suspended, revoked, canceled, or disqualified
by Minnesota, another state, or another jurisdiction must notify the operator's employer in
writing of the suspension, revocation, cancellation, lost privilege, or disqualification. The
operator must notify the operator's employer before the end of the business day immediately
following the day the operator received notice of the suspension, revocation, cancellation,
lost privilege, or disqualification.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 171.02, subdivision 2b, is amended to read:


Subd. 2b.

Exception for type III vehicle drivers.

(a) Notwithstanding subdivision 2,
the holder of a class A, B, C, or D driver's license, without a school bus endorsement, may
operate a type III vehicle described in section 169.011, subdivision 71, paragraph (h), under
the conditions in this subdivision.

(b) The operator is an employee of the entity that owns, leases, or contracts for the school
bus.

(c) 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 a type III vehicle;

(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;

(6) proper use of seat belts and child safety restraints;

(7) performance of pretrip vehicle inspections;

(8) safe loading and unloading of students, including, but not limited to:

(i) utilizing a safe location for loading and unloading students at the curb, on the nontraffic
side of the roadway, or at off-street loading areas, driveways, yards, and other areas to
enable the student to avoid hazardous conditions;

(ii) refraining from loading and unloading students in a vehicular traffic lane, on the
shoulder, in a designated turn lane, or a lane adjacent to a designated turn lane;

(iii) avoiding a loading or unloading location that would require a pupil to cross a road,
or ensuring that the driver or an aide personally escort the pupil across the road if it is not
reasonably feasible to avoid such a location;

(iv) placing the type III vehicle in "park" during loading and unloading; and

(v) escorting a pupil across the road under item (iii) only after the motor is stopped, the
ignition key is removed, the brakes are set, and the vehicle is otherwise rendered immobile;
and

(9) compliance with paragraph (k), concerning reporting certain convictions to the
employer within ten days of the date of conviction.

(d) 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 school
district employees; section 144.057 or chapter 245C for day care employees; or section
171.321, subdivision 3, for all other persons operating a type III vehicle under this
subdivision.

(e) Operators shall submit to a physical examination as required by section 171.321,
subdivision 2
new text begin, and must have in their possession the original or a copy of a current medical
examiner's certificate, or otherwise provide proof of being medically qualified, to operate
a school bus under this subdivision
new text end.

(f) The operator's employer requires preemployment drug testing of applicants for
operator positions. Current operators must comply with the employer's policy under section
181.951, subdivisions 2, 4, and 5. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the operator's
employer may use a Breathalyzer or similar device to fulfill random alcohol testing
requirements.

(g) The operator's driver's license is verified annually by the entity that owns, leases, or
contracts for the type III vehicle as required under section 171.321, subdivision 5.

(h) A person who sustains a conviction, as defined under section 609.02, of violating
section 169A.25, 169A.26, 169A.27, or 169A.31, or whose driver's license is revoked under
sections 169A.50 to 169A.53 of the implied consent law or section 171.177, or who is
convicted of violating or whose driver's license is revoked under a similar statute or ordinance
of another state, is precluded from operating a type III vehicle 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 type III vehicle under this
subdivision.

(j) A person who sustains a conviction, as defined under section 609.02, of a moving
offense in violation of chapter 169 within three years of the first of three other moving
offenses is precluded from operating a type III vehicle for one year from the date of the last
conviction.

(k) An operator who sustains a conviction as described in paragraph (h), (i), or (j) while
employed by the entity that owns, leases, or contracts for the school bus, shall report the
conviction to the employer within ten days of the date of the conviction.

(l) An operator of a type III vehicle whose driver's license is suspended, revoked,
canceled, or disqualified by Minnesota, another state, or another jurisdiction must notify
the operator's employer in writing of the suspension, revocation, cancellation, lost privilege,
or disqualification. The operator must notify the operator's employer before the end of the
business day immediately following the day the operator received notice of the suspension,
revocation, cancellation, lost privilege, or disqualification.

(m) Students riding the type III vehicle must have training required under section
123B.90, subdivision 2.

(n) Documentation of meeting the requirements listed in this subdivision must be
maintained under separate file at the business location for each type III vehicle operator.
The business manager, school board, governing body of a nonpublic school, or any other
entity that owns, leases, or contracts for the type III vehicle operating under this subdivision
is responsible for maintaining these files for inspection.

(o) The type III vehicle must bear a current certificate of inspection issued under section
169.451.

(p) An employee of a school or of a school district, who is not employed for the sole
purpose of operating a type III vehicle, is exempt from paragraphs (e) and (f).