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          Date of Hearing:  May 11, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair


          AB  
          1677 (Ting) - As Amended April 20, 2016


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill authorizes additional tour bus inspections by the CHP,  
          in conjunction with local governments. Specifically, this bill:   



          1)Requires the CHP to develop protocols, in consultation with  
            representatives of local jurisdictions where tour buses  
            operate, for entering into memoranda of understanding (MOUs)  
            with local governments to increase the number of tour buses  
            inspected by the CHP.  










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           2)Stipulates that any inspection conducted pursuant to CHP's  
            protocols not be duplicative of existing inspection  
            requirements imposed by state law.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Costs for CHP to develop the protocols and MOUs would be  
          absorbable. Costs for additional inspections would depend on the  
          added workload, which is unknown. CHP indicates that, for an  
          additional 2,500 bus inspections, annual costs would be about  
          $210,000 (Motor Vehicle Account). (The bill should be amended to  
          specify that the MOUs include language requiring locals to  
          reimburse the CHP for inspections performed pursuant to an MOU.)


          COMMENTS:


          1)Background. Current law generally vests the Public Utilities  
            Commission (PUC) with the responsibility to regulate charter  
            party carriers (CPCs) and passenger stage corporations (PSCs).  
            Tour buses operated by CPCs and PSCs are required to be  
            inspected every 13 months by the CHP and every 45 days by the  
            tour bus operator. The findings of the inspections carried out  
            by the CHP are reported to the PUC, and tour buses may not  
            legally operate unless the bus operator's terminal and  
            maintenance facilities have been inspected.  Terminal  
            inspections typically include inspections of a vehicle's  
            registration, the driver's licensure, and the condition of the  
            vehicles. Due to the size of tour bus fleets, the CHP only  
            inspects a representative sample of each carrier's fleet in  
            the annual inspection. According to some estimates, the CHP  
            inspects less than 1/3 of all buses, leaving some buses  
            uninspected.  


          2)Purpose. This bill requires the CHP to develop protocols for  








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            entering into memoranda of understanding with local  
            governments to allow the local government to request that CHP  
            increase the number of locally operating tour buses inspected  
            by the department pursuant to existing 13-month inspection  
            requirements.  The author cites a number of incidents  
            occurring in San Francisco that resulted in fatalities and  
            injuries in recent years as demonstrative of the need to fully  
            inspect tour buses operating in California.


          3)Related Legislation. AB 1574 (Chiu), pending on this  
            committee's Suspense file, requires the PUC to verify with DMV  
            that the buses, limousines, and modified limousines used by a  
            PSC or CPC have been reported and meet safety requirements.


          Analysis Prepared by:Chuck Nicol / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081