Safety

Minnesota Legislature votes to change Type III driver requirements

Posted on May 1, 2008

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Under a bill passed by the Minnesota State Legislature, drivers licensed to operate Type III vehicles for school districts would be prohibited from using cell phones and would have to adhere to other rules beginning in the 2008-09 school year.

The bill now awaits approval by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Type III vehicles are vans or cars used to transport students for which drivers are only required to hold a regular Class D driver’s license without the school bus endorsement.

Authored by state Sen. Rick Olseen, SF 2988 would prohibit Type III drivers from using a cell phone while operating the vehicle and establishes a zero-tolerance policy for controlled substances.

Type III vehicle drivers would also be required to complete physical examinations, background checks, drug and alcohol testing and comprehensive safety training — encompassing proper use of restraints, student behavior, loading and unloading procedures, and pre-trip vehicle inspections. The bill’s rules would go into effect in August and September.

Olseen said that he became a school bus safety advocate after a student in his district was killed in a Type III vehicle accident last spring. The driver, who was also killed, was found to have had marijuana in his system and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

 

Related Topics: cell phones

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
Product

Driver Behavior Analysis Platform

The EDGE3 Technologies’ Cloud Detect Platform analyzes driver behavior solution combines vision analytics and artificial intelligence to identify distracted driving behaviors.

News

Student Stops Allegedly Drunk School Bus Driver

The Alabama sophomore notices erratic driving, and has the driver keep the bus turned off after she pulls over. The driver is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless endangerment.

Product

Network Radio

The new PortaMobile Network Radio can operate without an outside antenna on the bus, and installation involves only five self-tapping screws.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!