language to be deleted (2) new language
relating to education; modifying provisions relating to school bus safety and standards;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 169.4501, subdivisions 1, 2; 169.4503, subdivisions 5, 20, by adding subdivisions; 169.4582, subdivision 2; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 169.441, subdivision 5; 169.445, subdivision 2; 169.454, subdivision 10.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Except as provided in sections 169.4502 and 169.4503, the construction, design, equipment, and color of types A, B, C, D school buses and multifunction school activity buses used for the transportation of school children shall meet the requirements of the "bus chassis standards" and "bus body standards" in the 2005 edition of the "National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures" adopted by the National Congress on School Transportation. Except as provided in section 169.4504, the construction, design, and equipment of types A, B, C, D school buses and multifunction school activity buses used for the transportation of students with disabilities also shall meet the requirements of the "specially equipped school bus standards" in the 2005 National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures. The "bus chassis standards," "bus body standards," and "specially equipped school bus standards" sections of the 2005 edition of the "National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures" are incorporated by reference in this chapter.
(a) The standards adopted in this section and sections 169.4502 and 169.4503, govern the construction, design, equipment, and color of school buses used for the transportation of school children, when owned or leased and operated by a school or privately owned or leased and operated under a contract with a school. Each school, its officers and employees, and each person employed under the contract is subject to these standards.
(b) The standards apply to school buses manufactured after December 31, 2007. Buses complying with the standards when manufactured need not comply with standards established later except as specifically provided for by law.
(c) A school bus manufactured on or before December 31, 2007, must conform to the Minnesota standards in effect on the date the vehicle was manufactured except as specifically provided for in law.
(d) A new bus body may be remounted on a used chassis provided that the remounted vehicle meets state and federal standards for new buses which are current at the time of the remounting. Permission must be obtained from the commissioner of public safety before the remounting is done. A used bus body may not be remounted on a new or used chassis.
Fenderettes may be black. The beltline may be painted yellow over black or black over yellow. The rub rails shall be black.
(a) All restraining barriers and passenger seats shall be covered with a material that has fire retardant or fire block characteristics.
(b) All seats must have a minimum cushion depth of 15 inches and a seat back height of at least 20 inches above the seating reference point, and beginning October 21, 2009, must also conform to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard in Code of Federal Regulations, title 49, section 571.222.
Consistent with the school bus safety policy under section 123B.91, subdivision 1, the school principal, the school transportation safety director, or other designated school official shall immediately report to the local law enforcement agency having jurisdiction where the misbehavior occurred and to the school superintendent if the reporting school official knows or has reason to believe that a student has committed a reportable offense on a school bus or in a bus loading or unloading area. The reporting school official shall issue a report to the commissioner of public safety concerning the incident on a form developed by the commissioner for that purpose.
Presented to the governor March 27, 2012
Signed by the governor March 29, 2012, 10:32 a.m.
Official Publication of the State of Minnesota
Revisor of Statutes