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169.448 Other buses.

Subdivision 1. Restrictions on appearance; misdemeanor. (a) A bus that is not used as a school bus may not be operated on a street or highway unless it is painted a color significantly different than national school bus glossy yellow or Minnesota school bus golden orange.

(b) A bus that is not used as a school bus or Head Start bus may not be operated if it is equipped with school bus or Head Start bus-related equipment and printing.

(c) A violation of this subdivision is a misdemeanor.

(d) This subdivision does not apply to a school bus owned by or under contract to a school district operated as a charter or leased bus.

Subd. 2. School motor coach. (a) A school district may not acquire a motor coach for transportation purposes.

(b) A motor coach acquired by a school district before March 26, 1986, may be used by it only to transport students participating in school activities, their instructors, and supporting personnel to and from school activities. A motor coach may not be outwardly equipped and identified as a school bus. A motor coach operated under this subdivision is not a school bus for purposes of section 123B.92. The commissioner of children, families, and learning shall implement rules governing the equipment, identification, operation, inspection, and certification of motor coaches operated under this subdivision.

(c) After January 1, 1998, a school district may not own or operate a motor coach for any purpose.

Subd. 3. Head Start vehicle. Notwithstanding subdivision 1, a vehicle used to transport students under Public Law Number 99-425, the Head Start Act, may be equipped as a school bus or Head Start bus.

HIST: 1991 c 277 s 10; 1994 c 603 s 10,11; 1996 c 398 s 56; 1998 c 397 art 11 s 3; 1998 c 398 art 5 s 55; 2000 c 489 art 6 s 29

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