Motor and Other Vehicles

Special Stops Required

SECTION 31-20-10.3

§ 31-20-10.3. School bus stops – Routes.

(a) No school bus shall stop to discharge or pick up passengers at any intersection where a traffic control device as defined in § 31-1-28 controls the movement of the bus.

(b) No school bus shall stop to discharge or pick up passengers at any location which would require a child to cross any road where the posted speed limit is greater than thirty-five miles per hour (35 mph). School bus stops shall be developed in such a manner which assures that the bus stop will be on the child's home side of the road so that the child does not have to cross the road to board the bus or to reach home.

(c) No school superintendent, school committee, contractor, or school bus owner shall put into effect any school bus route which cannot be completed in the time allotted without exceeding posted speed limits.

(d) All school bus routes shall be reviewed by the local police chief of each city and town for safety hazards within ninety (90) days before the start of the school year.

(e) Any party may appeal the decision of a local police chief approving or disapproving any bus route or stop to the commissioner of elementary and secondary education who shall hold a hearing as provided in § 16-39-1.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1986, ch. 401, § 2.)