Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
The proposed changes to GS 20-217(b) provide that a certified copy of a record from the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) showing that the vehicle was registered as a school bus at the time of the violation of subsection (a) of the statute is prima facie evidence that a vehicle was a school bus at the time of violating subsection (a) (subsection (a) makes it unlawful to not stop for a school bus that is receiving or discharging passengers). Modifies the proposed provision concerning the admissibility of a certified copy of a record from the DMV, providing that a certified copy of a record under this subdivision is admissible as provided in GS Chapter 8C, Evidence Code (previously, admissible as evidence without further authentication).
Bill S 184 (2017-2018)Summary date: Apr 24 2017 - More information
Bill S 184 (2017-2018)Summary date: Mar 6 2017 - More information
Section 1 amends GS 20217(b). Deletes language making the statute applicable only when a school bus has a plainly visible sign saying "school bus" on the front and rear of the vehicle. Establishes that prima facie evidence that a vehicle is a school bus at the time of a violation of subsection (a) of the statute is (1) a certified copy of a record from the Division of Motor Vehicles showing that the vehicle was registered as a school bus, admissible as evidence without further authentication or (2) testimony from the school bus driver, a passenger on the school bus, or the law enforcement officer investigating the violation of subsection (a) of the statute. Clarifies that school buses include privately owned school buses transporting children (currently includes privately owned buses transporting children). Makes a technical change. Effective October 1, 2017, and applicable to offenses commited on or after that date.
Section 2 amends GS 115C242. Directs local school administrative units to provide instruction in school bus safety to all elementary school students every school year, as developed by the State Board of Education, beginning with the 201718 school year.
Section 3 directs the Department of Public Instruction and the Department of Transportation to study procedures and equipment that may be used to increase school bus safety for children, including the feasibility and cost of equipping school buses with a device to provide a barrier between children and motor vehicles that may be approaching a bus. Directs the Department of Public Instruction to report its findings and recommendations to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by January 15, 2018.
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