7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the safety inspection requirements for school buses.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ defines terms;
13 ▸ changes the frequency of required safety inspections for school buses;
14 ▸ requires random inspections on a portion of school buses; and
15 ▸ makes technical changes.
16 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18 Other Special Clauses:
20 Utah Code Sections Affected:
22 53-8-211, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
23 53-8-211.5, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2001, Chapter 154
25 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
26 Section 1. Section 53-8-211 is amended to read:
27 53-8-211. Safety inspection of school buses and other vehicles.
28 (1) For purposes of this section and Section 53-8-211.5, "education entity" means:
29 (a) a school district;
30 (b) a charter school;
31 (c) a private school; and
32 (d) the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.
34 to pass a safety inspection annually and the Highway Patrol shall:
35 (i) perform safety inspections at least [
36 operated by each [
37 transportation of students, except as otherwise provided in Subsection [
38 (ii) annually, at a time during the school year other than the time of the inspection
39 described in Subsection (2)(a)(i), perform safety inspections on 20% of the school buses
40 operated by an education entity, selected randomly, except as otherwise provided in Subsection
41 (2)(b); and
43 mechanical or other defects under this Subsection [
44 passengers and the public until the defects have been corrected.
45 (b) (i) [
46 inspections of a school bus that it operates in accordance with rules made by the division under
47 Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, and after consultation with the
48 State Board of Education.
49 (ii) The rules under Subsection [
50 (A) maintaining school bus drivers' hours of service records;
51 (B) requiring school bus drivers to maintain vehicle condition reports;
52 (C) maintaining school bus maintenance and repair records; and
53 (D) validating that defects discovered during the inspection process have been
54 corrected prior to returning a school bus to service.
55 (iii) (A) The division shall audit school bus safety operations of each [
57 ensure compliance with the rules made under [
58 (B) The audit may include both a formal examination of the [
59 education entity's inspection records and a random physical inspection of buses that have been
60 safety inspected by the [
61 (iv) [
62 school bus maintenance plan approved by the division in order to participate in the safety
63 inspection program.
64 (v) [
65 vehicle found to have mechanical or other defects that would endanger the safety of passengers
66 and the public until the defects have been corrected.
68 entity, and not used for the transportation of students, are subject to Section 53-8-205.
69 Section 2. Section 53-8-211.5 is amended to read:
70 53-8-211.5. School bus safety standards -- Exceptions.
71 (1) Beginning July 1, 2003, [
72 defined in Section 53-8-211, may not use a vehicle with a seating capacity of 11 or more,
73 including the driver, for the transportation of its students unless the vehicle meets federal
74 school bus safety standards under 49 U.S.C. Sec. 30101, et seq.
75 (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to a vehicle operated by a common carrier, as defined
76 in Section 59-12-102, if the common carrier is not exclusively engaged in the transportation of