HCS HB 285, 73, 380, & 466 -- SCHOOL BUSES
SPONSORS: Sheldon (Carter)
COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Motor
Vehicle and Traffic Regulations by a vote of 10 to 0.
This substitute allows drivers of vehicles to pass a school bus,
with caution, when loading and unloading students on a divided
highway of 4 or more lanes if the bus is pulled off the main
roadway and the mechanical and electrical stop signaling devices
are not activated, as long as passengers are not required to
cross any traffic lanes and the emergency flashing signaling
lights are activated.
No driver can take on or discharge passengers upon a roadway
proper unless the vehicle is plainly visible for at least 500
feet in each direction.
Private or parochial owned buses are not required to be annually
registered after the initial registration. Such school buses
are not relieved from annual inspection requirements.
Any employer of a person licensed to operate a school bus is
required to notify the Department of Revenue within 10 days of
discovering that the person has failed to pass any drug,
alcohol, or chemical test administered pursuant to any federal
or state law or regulation regarding the operation of a school
bus. Any employer who knowingly fails to comply with the
notification requirement or provides a false notification will
be guilty of an infraction. The Director of the Department of
Revenue after determining a test was failed, will suspend the
school bus permit of such person for a period of one year from
the date the determination is made. This provision of the bill
will become effective on January 1, 1998.
FISCAL NOTE: Estimated Net Loss to Highway Fund of $2,355 for
FY 1998, $2,335 for FY 1999, and $2,372 for FY 2000. Estimated
Net Savings to General Revenue Fund of $0 to $22,100 for FY
1998, FY 1999, and FY 2000.
PROPONENTS: Supporters say that there have been several
occasions on roads with heavy or congested traffic where buses
and the normal traffic have nearly hit as the bus picks up
students. This bill will help alleviate this problem.
Testifying for the bill were Representative Carter; and the
Missouri Highway Patrol for HB 285; Representative Kreider for
HB 73; Representative Schwab for HB 389; and Representative
Gratz for HB 466.
OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.
Robert Triplett, Research Analyst
HB 285 -- School Buses
This bill requires that school bus drivers in the process of
loading and unloading students off the highway proper on the
shoulder must activate the electrical signalling devices, but
not the mechanical signalling devices. Drivers must load or
unload students on the shoulder of a highway when sufficient
width to accommodate the vehicle is available. If sufficient
width is not available along the shoulder, a bus may be stopped
on the road or highway proper.
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