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
begin delete to develop protocols, in consultation with representatives of local governments in jurisdictions where tour buses operate,end delete for entering into memoranda of understanding with local governments to allow the department begin delete to, upon the request of the local government,end delete 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.
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,
(a) In furtherance of the requirements specified in
4subdivision (c) of Section 34501, the Department of the
7California Highway Patrol shall develop
begin delete protocols, in consultation
8with representatives of local governments in jurisdictions where
9tour buses operate,end delete
10understanding with local governments to allow the department
begin delete to, increase the number
11upon the request of the local government,end delete
12of the locally operating tour buses that are being inspected by the
17 18(b)end delete
19 Any inspection conducted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall
20 not be duplicative of an inspection conducted by the department
21to meet the requirements specified in subdivision (c) of Section