language to be deleted (2) new language
Laws of Minnesota 1993 CHAPTER 83-H.F.No. 1122 An act relating to transportation; prohibiting parking in transit stops marked with a handicapped sign; establishing priority for transit in energy emergencies; requiring motor vehicles to yield to transit buses entering traffic; amending Minnesota Statutes 1992, sections 169.01, by adding a subdivision; 169.20, by adding a subdivision; 169.346, subdivision 1; and 216C.15, subdivision 1. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 169.01, is amended by adding a subdivision to read: Subd. 77. [TRANSIT BUS.] "Transit bus" means a bus engaged in regular route transit as defined in section 174.22, subdivision 8. Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 169.20, is amended by adding a subdivision to read: Subd. 7. [TRANSIT BUS.] The 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. Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 169.346, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. [PARKING CRITERIA.] A person shall not: (1) park a motor vehicle in or obstruct access to a parking space designated and reserved for the physically disabled, on either private or public property; (2) park a motor vehicle in or obstruct access to an area designated by a local governmental unit as a transfer zone for disabled persons;
or(3) exercise the parking privilege provided in section 169.345, unless: (i) that person is a physically disabled person as defined in section 169.345, subdivision 2, or the person is transporting or parking a vehicle for a physically disabled person; and (ii) the vehicle visibly displays one of the following: a license plate issued under section 168.021, a certificate issued under section 169.345, or an equivalent certificate, insignia, or license plate issued by another state, a foreign country, or one of its political subdivisions; or (4) park a motor vehicle in an area used as a regular route transit stopping point where a transit vehicle that is accessible to the physically disabled regularly stops and a sign that bears the international symbol of access in white on blue is posted. A sign posted under this clause may display other information relating to the regular route transit service. For purposes of this clause, an area used as a regular route transit stopping point consists of the 80 feet immediately preceding the sign described in this clause. Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 216C.15, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. [PRIORITIES AND REQUIREMENTS.] The commissioner shall maintain an emergency conservation and allocation plan. The plan shall provide a variety of strategies and staged conservation measures to reduce energy use and in the event of an energy supply emergency, shall establish guidelines and criteria for allocation of fuels to priority users. The plan shall contain alternative conservation actions and allocation plans to reasonably meet various foreseeable shortage circumstances and allow a choice of appropriate responses. The plan shall be consistent with requirements of federal emergency energy conservation and allocation laws and regulations, shall be based on reasonable energy savings or transfers from scarce energy resources and shall: (a) give priority to individuals, institutions, agriculture and, businesses, and public transit under contract with the commissioner of transportation or the regional transit board which demonstrate they have engaged in energy-saving measures and shall include provisions to insure that: (1) immediate allocations to individuals, institutions, agriculture and, businesses, and public transit be based on needs at energy conservation levels; (2) successive allocations to individuals, institutions, agriculture and, businesses, and public transit be based on needs after implementation of required action to increase energy conservation; and (3) needs of individuals and, institutions, and public transit are adjusted to insure the health and welfare of the young, old and infirm; (b) insure maintenance of reasonable job safety conditions and avoid environmental sacrifices; (c) establish programs, controls, standards, priorities or quotas for the allocation, conservation and consumption of energy resources; and for the suspension and modification of existing standards and the establishment of new standards affecting or affected by the use of energy resources, including those related to the type and composition of energy sources, and to the hours and days during which public buildings, commercial and industrial establishments, and other energy consuming facilities may or are required to remain open; (d) establish programs to control the use, sale or distribution of commodities, materials, goods or services; (e) establish regional programs and agreements for the purpose of coordinating the energy resources, programs and actions of the state with those of the federal government, of local governments, and of other states and localities; and(f) determine at what level of an energy supply emergency situation the pollution control agency shall be requested to ask the governor to petition the president for a temporary emergency suspension of air quality standards as required by the Clean Air Act, United States Code, title 42, section 7410f; and (g) establish procedures for fair and equitable review of complaints and requests for special exemptions regarding emergency conservation measures or allocations. Presented to the governor May 3, 1993 Signed by the governor May 5, 1993, 6:18 p.m.