language to be deleted (2) new language
relating to transportation; amending regulations governing school bus use for special events;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 168.013, subdivision 18; 169.011, by adding a subdivision; 169.441, subdivision 3; 169.443, subdivision 3; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 169.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision 1, school buses used exclusively for the transportation of students under contract with a school district, or used in connection with transportation for nonprofit educational institutions, shall be taxed during each year of the vehicle life of such bus the amount of $25.
Sections 169.443, subdivision 2; and 169.444, subdivisions 1, 4, and 5, apply only if the school bus bears on its front and rear a plainly visible sign containing the words "school bus" in letters at least eight inches in height.
Except as provided in section 169.443, subdivision 8, the sign must be removed or covered when the vehicle is being used as other than a school bus.
School bus drivers shall not activate the prewarning flashing amber signals or flashing red signals and shall not use the stop arm signal:
(1) in special school bus loading areas where the bus is entirely off the traveled portion of the roadway and where no other motor vehicle traffic is moving or is likely to be moving within 20 feet of the bus;
(2) when directed not to do so, in writing, by the local school board;
(3) when a school bus is being used on a street or highway for purposes other than the actual transportation of school children to or from school or a school-approved activity, except as provided in subdivision 8;
(4) at railroad grade crossings; and
when loading and unloading people at designated school bus stops where people are not required to cross the street or highway, while the bus is completely off the traveled portion of a roadway that has adequate shoulders. The driver shall drive the bus completely off the traveled portion of this roadway before loading or unloading people. A school bus stop is designated under this clause if the transportation director of the school district in which the bus stop is located, in consultation with the road authority, certifies the integrity of the shoulder and the safety of the location for loading and unloading people. Each designated school bus stop must be documented and approved by the school board.
Presented to the governor May 21, 2013
Signed by the governor May 24, 2013, 2:52 p.m.