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169.451 INSPECTING SCHOOL AND HEAD START BUSES; RULES; MISDEMEANOR.
    Subdivision 1. Annual requirement. The Minnesota State Patrol shall inspect every school
bus and every Head Start bus annually to ascertain whether its construction, design, equipment,
and color comply with all provisions of law.
    Subd. 2. Inspection certificate. No person shall drive, or no owner shall knowingly permit
or cause to be driven, any school bus or Head Start bus unless there is displayed thereon a
certificate issued by the commissioner of public safety stating that on a certain date, which shall
be within 13 months of the date of operation, a member of the Minnesota State Patrol inspected
the bus and found that on the date of inspection the bus complied with the applicable provisions
of state law relating to construction, design, equipment, and color.
    Subd. 3. Rules of commissioner. (a) The commissioner of public safety shall provide by rule
for the issuance and display of distinctive inspection certificates.
(b) The commissioner of public safety shall provide by rule a point system for evaluating
the effect on safety operation of any variance from law detected during inspections conducted
pursuant to subdivision 1.
    Subd. 4. Violation; penalty. The State Patrol shall enforce subdivision 2. A violation of
subdivision 2 is a misdemeanor.
    Subd. 5. Random spot inspection. In addition to the annual inspection, the Minnesota
State Patrol has authority to conduct random, unannounced spot inspections of any school bus
or Head Start bus being operated within the state to ascertain whether it is in compliance with
provisions of law, including the Minnesota school bus equipment standards in sections 169.4501
to 169.4504, subject to the procedures approved by the commissioner.
History: 1971 c 327 s 1; 1973 c 80 s 1; 1974 c 332 s 3; 1981 c 37 s 2; 1981 c 357 s 61; 1983
c 216 art 1 s 28; 1991 c 277 s 12; 1994 c 603 s 12; 1Sp1995 c 3 art 2 s 35; 1998 c 398 art 6 s 31