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 local
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Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 34505.2 is added to the Vehicle Code,
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5California Highway Patrol shall develop protocols, in consultation
6with representatives of local
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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
17(b) Any inspection conducted
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18 pursuant to
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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