Amended in Assembly April 20, 2016

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1677


Introduced by Assembly Member Ting

(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Chiu)

(Principal coauthor: Senator Hill)

January 19, 2016


An act to add Section 34505.2 to the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 1677, as amended, Ting. Vehicles: tour buses: safety inspections.

Existing law requires the Department of the California Highway Patrol to regulate the safe operation of tour buses, as defined, and requires the department to adopt rules and regulations relating to the equipment and maintenance of tour buses. At least once every 13 months, existing law requires the department to inspect every maintenance facility or terminal of any person who at any time operates any bus, including a tour bus, and makes it unlawful for any person to operate a bus without this inspection having been conducted. In addition to the systematic inspection required of all motor carriers, existing law requires tour bus operators to require each tour bus to be inspected at least every 45 days, or more often if necessary to ensure safe operation.

This bill would require the department to develop protocols, in consultation with representatives of localbegin delete government, to allow for the inspection of tour buses by a designated local agency of the local jurisdiction in which the tour bus operates, and would require these protocols to include, at a minimum, a requirement that, upon completion of an inspection of a tour bus, the designated local agency report its findings to the Public Utilities Commission. The bill would provide that any inspection conducted by a designated local agency pursuant to these protocols shall be in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other inspection requirements imposed under law.end deletebegin insert governments in jurisdictions where tour buses operate, for entering into memoranda of understanding with local governments to allow the department to, upon the request of the local government, increase the number of the locally operating tour buses that are being inspected by the department. The bill would prohibit any inspection conducted pursuant to these provisions from being duplicative of any inspection conducted by the department to meet those specified existing inspection requirements.end insert

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 34505.2 is added to the Vehicle Code,
2to read:

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34505.2.  

(a) begin deleteThe end deletebegin insertIn furtherance of the requirements specified
4in subdivision (c) of Section 34501, the end insert
Department of the
5California Highway Patrol shall develop protocols, in consultation
6with representatives of localbegin delete government, to allow for the
7inspection of tour buses by a designated local agency of the local
8jurisdiction in which the tour bus operates. The protocols shall
9include, at a minimum, a requirement that, upon completion of an
10inspection of a tour bus, the designated local agency report its
11findings to the Public Utilities Commission.end delete
begin insert governments in
12jurisdictions where tour buses operate, for entering into
13memoranda of understanding with local governments to allow the
14department to, upon the request of the local government, increase
15the number of the locally operating tour buses that are being
16inspected by the department.end insert

17(b) Any inspection conductedbegin delete by a designated local agencyend delete
18 pursuant tobegin delete the protocols developed underend delete subdivision (a) shallbegin delete be
19in addition to, and not in lieu of, any inspection requirements
20imposed under this code or any regulations adopted under this
21code relating to motor carrier safety.end delete
begin insert not be duplicative of an
P3    1inspection conducted by the department to meet the requirements
2specified in subdivision (c) of Section 34501.end insert



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