2005 Illinois 625 ILCS 5/      Illinois Vehicle Code. Article VIII - Special Requirements For School Buses


      (625 ILCS 5/Ch. 12 Art. VIII heading)
ARTICLE VIII. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOL BUSES

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑800) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12‑800)
    Sec. 12‑800. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 82‑111. Repealed by P.A. 90‑89, eff. 1‑1‑98.)

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑801) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12‑801)
    Sec. 12‑801. Color. The exterior of each school bus shall be national school bus glossy yellow except as follows:
    The rooftop may be white.
    The fenders of school buses manufactured before January 1, 1976, may be black.
    Body trim, rub rails, lettering other than on a stop signal arm and bumpers on a Type I school bus shall be glossy black.
    Lettering on a stop signal arm shall be white on a red background.
    Bumpers on a Type II school bus may be glossy black or a bright, light or colorless finish.
    The hood and upper cowl may be lusterless black or lusterless school bus yellow.
    Grilles on the front, lamp trim and hubcaps may be a bright finish.
    The name or emblem of a manufacturer may be colorless or any color.
    The exterior paint of any school bus shall match the central value, hue and chroma set forth in rules promulgated by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 88‑415; 89‑433, eff. 12‑15‑95.)

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑802) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12‑802)
    Sec. 12‑802. Identification. Each school bus shall have the sign "SCHOOL BUS" painted on both the front and rear of the bus as high as practicable in letters at least 8 inches high. The vehicle weight and the vehicle maximum passenger capacity recommended by the manufacturer of the bus, which shall be based upon provision for 13 inches of seating space for each passenger exclusive of the driver, shall be painted on the body to the left of the service door in letters at least 2 inches high. The name of the owner or the entity for which the school bus is operated or both shall be painted in a contrasting color on both sides, centered as high as practicable below the window line, in letters at least 4 inches high. A school bus identification number shall be painted as high as practicable on both the front and rear of the bus in letters at least 4 inches high. Decals may be used instead of painting.
(Source: P.A. 82‑111.)

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑803) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12‑803)
    Sec. 12‑803. (a) Each school bus shall be equipped with a stop signal arm on the driver's side of the school bus that may be operated either manually or mechanically. For each school bus manufactured on and after September 1, 1992, the stop signal arm shall be an octagon shaped semaphore that conforms to 49 C.F.R. 571.131, "SCHOOL BUS PEDESTRIAN SAFETY DEVICES", S5.1 through S5.5.
    (b) Each school bus manufactured prior to September 1, 1992 shall be equipped with a stop signal arm that conforms to standards promulgated by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 88‑415.)

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑804) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12‑804)
    Sec. 12‑804. Other vehicles ‑ Color, stop signal arm and identification. No vehicle other than a school bus shall be identified with the sign "SCHOOL BUS", shall be equipped with a stop signal arm, shall be equipped with a strobe lamp or shall be equipped with a warning lamp system as described in Section 12‑805 of this Act. No commuter van or bus other than a school bus shall be painted national school bus glossy yellow or a color that closely resembles national school bus glossy yellow.
(Source: P.A. 81‑0509; 81‑0740; 81‑1509.)

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑805) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12‑805)
    Sec. 12‑805. Special lighting equipment.
    Each school bus purchased as a new vehicle after December 31, 1975 shall be equipped with an 8‑lamp flashing signal system. Until December 31, 1978, all other school buses shall be equipped with either a 4‑lamp or an 8‑lamp flashing signal system. After December 31, 1978, all school buses shall be equipped with an 8‑lamp flashing signal system.
    A 4‑lamp flashing signal system shall have 2 alternately flashing red lamps mounted as high and as widely spaced laterally on the same level as practicable at the front of the school bus and 2 such lamps mounted in the same manner at the rear.
    An 8‑lamp flashing signal system shall have, in addition to a 4‑lamp system, 4 alternately flashing amber lamps. Each amber lamp shall be mounted next to a red lamp and at the same level but closer to the centerline of the school bus.
    Each signal lamp shall be a sealed beam at least 5 1/2 inches in diameter and shall have sufficient intensity to be visible at 500 feet in normal sunlight. Both the 4‑lamp and 8‑lamp system shall be actuated only by means of a manual switch. There shall be a device for indicating to the driver that the system is operating properly or is inoperative.
    A school bus may also be equipped with alternately flashing head lamps, which may be operated in conjunction with the 8‑lamp flashing signal system.
(Source: P.A. 93‑181, eff. 1‑1‑04.)

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑806) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12‑806)
    Sec. 12‑806. Identification, stop signal arms and special lighting when not used as a school bus. Except as provided in Section 12‑806a, whenever a school bus is operated for the purpose of transporting passengers other than persons in connection with an activity of the school or religious organization which owns the school bus or for which the school bus is operated, the "SCHOOL BUS" signs shall be covered or concealed and the stop signal arm and flashing signal system shall not be operable through normal controls.
(Source: P.A. 84‑1311.)

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑806a) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12‑806a)
    Sec. 12‑806a. Identification, stop signal arms and special lighting on school buses used in connection with a youth camp, child care facility, or community based rehabilitation facility.
    (a) Subject to the conditions in Subsection (c), a bus which meets any of the special requirements for school buses in Section 12‑801, 12‑802, 12‑803 and 12‑805 of this Code may be used for the purpose of transporting persons 18 years of age or less in connection with any of the following facilities:
        (i) any youth camp licensed under the Youth Camp
    
Act; and
        (ii) any child care facility licensed under the
    
Child Care Act of 1969.
    (b) Subject to the conditions in subsection (c), a bus which meets any of the special requirements for school buses in Sections 12‑801, 12‑802, 12‑803 and 12‑805 of this Code may be used for the purpose of transporting persons recognized as clients of a community based rehabilitation facility which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities of Tucson, Arizona, and which is under a contractual agreement with the Department of Human Services.
    (c) A bus used for transportation as provided in subsection (a) or (b) shall either (i) meet all of the special requirements for school buses in Section 12‑801, 12‑802, 12‑803 and 12‑805 or (ii) shall have the "SCHOOL BUS" signs covered or concealed and the stop signal arm and flashing signal system rendered inoperable through normal means. A bus which meets all of the special requirements for school buses in Section 12‑801, 12‑802, 12‑803 and 12‑805 shall be operated by a person who has a valid and properly classified driver's license issued by the Secretary of State and who possesses a valid school bus driver permit or is accompanied and supervised, for the specific purpose of training prior to routine operation of a school bus, by a person who has held a valid school bus driver permit for at least one year. A bus which has had the "SCHOOL BUS" signs covered or concealed and the stop signal arm and flashing signal system rendered inoperable through normal means may be operated by a person who has a valid and properly classified driver's license issued by the Secretary of State.
(Source: P.A. 85‑815; 89‑507, eff. 7‑1‑97.)

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑807) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12‑807)
    Sec. 12‑807. Seat belt for driver.
    Each school bus shall be equipped with a retractable lap belt assembly for the driver's seat. No school bus shall be operated unless the driver has properly restrained himself with the lap belt assembly.
(Source: P.A. 78‑1244.)

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑807.1) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12‑807.1)
    Sec. 12‑807.1. Seat back height. No Type I school bus manufactured after June 30, 1987 shall be sold for use as, or purchased for use as, or used as a school bus within this State unless such bus is equipped with passenger seat backs having a seat back height of 28 inches installed by the original bus body manufacturer.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1010.)

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑807.2)
    Sec. 12‑807.2. Crossing control arms.
    (a) No Type I or Type II school bus may be operated or used as a school bus within this State after December 31, 1999 unless that bus is equipped with a crossing control arm on the front of the bus that conforms to equipment and installation standards that the Department of Transportation shall promulgate for purposes of this subsection.
    (b) If a Type I or Type II school bus is manufactured after December 31, 1997, that bus shall not be sold for use as, or purchased for the use as, or used as a school bus within this State unless that bus is equipped with a crossing control arm that is installed on the front of the bus by the original bus body manufacturer and that conforms to equipment and installation standards that the Department shall promulgate for purposes of this subsection.
    (c) A crossing control arm meeting standards promulgated by the Department under this Section shall be designed to swing out from the front of a school bus when the bus stops and opens its doors while school children enter or exit the bus, as prescribed in rules promulgated by the State Board of Education.
    (d) This Section does not apply to the temporary operation in this State of a school bus that is legally registered in another state and is displaying valid registration plates of that state if (i) the bus is not operated in Illinois on a regular basis, and (ii) the bus is being operated in Illinois in connection with a cultural, tourist, athletic, or similar activity that is sponsored by one or more schools located outside of Illinois for the benefit of their enrolled students who are being transported to or from that activity.
(Source: P.A. 90‑108, eff. 7‑14‑97.)

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑808) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12‑808)
    Sec. 12‑808. Fire extinguisher.
    Each school bus shall be equipped with at least one dry chemical gauge type fire extinguisher mounted in the extinguisher manufacturer's automobile type bracket in a position readily accessible to the driver.
(Source: P.A. 78‑1244.)

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑809) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12‑809)
    Sec. 12‑809. First aid kit.
    Each school bus shall be equipped with a first aid kit mounted in full view of and readily accessible to the driver.
(Source: P. A. 78‑1244.)

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑810) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12‑810)
    Sec. 12‑810. Restraining devices for passengers who are persons with disabilities. Each school bus which is operated for transporting passengers who are persons with disabilities shall be equipped with an appropriate restraining or safety device for each such passenger.
(Source: P.A. 88‑685, eff. 1‑24‑95.)

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑811) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12‑811)
    Sec. 12‑811. Amber 3 bar clearance light. Each type I school bus shall be equipped with an amber 3 bar clearance light on the front of the bus. The light shall be illuminated at all times when the bus is being operated between sunset and sunrise and in conditions of reduced visibility.
(Source: P.A. 79‑63.)

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑812) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12‑812)
    Sec. 12‑812. Rules and regulations. (a) The Department may promulgate rules and regulations to more completely specify the equipment requirements of this Article.
    (b) All rules, regulations and standards promulgated from time to time by the State Board of Education and the Department for the safety and construction of school buses shall be applicable to every motor vehicle in this State defined as a school bus under Section 1‑182.
(Source: P.A. 81‑1508.)

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑812.1) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12‑812.1)
    Sec. 12‑812.1. (a) The Department shall adopt and promulgate rules and regulations governing the use of liquefied petroleum gases, compressed natural gases and liquefied natural gases as a propellant fuel in school buses. Such rules and regulations shall include the installation, maintenance and operation of such equipment installed on school buses and shall be based on the generally accepted standards of safety as recommended by the National Fire Protection Association.
    (b) All school buses using liquefied petroleum gases, compressed natural gases or liquefied natural gases as a propellant fuel must conform to and obey any rule or regulation lawfully adopted by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 83‑1027.)

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑813.1)
    Sec. 12‑813.1. Operation of a school bus while using a cellular radio telecommunication device.
    (a) In this Section:
    "School bus driver" means a person operating a school bus who has a valid school bus driver permit as required under Sections 6‑104 and 6‑106.1 of this Code.
    "Cellular radio telecommunication device" means a device capable of sending or receiving telephone communications without an access line for service and which requires the operator to dial numbers manually. It does not, however, include citizens band radios or citizens band radio hybrids.
    "Using a cellular radio telecommunication device" means talking or listening to or dialing a cellular radio telecommunication device.
    To "operate" means to have the vehicle in motion while it contains one or more passengers.
    (b) A school bus driver may not operate a school bus while using a cellular radio telecommunication device.
    (c) This Section does not apply:
        (1) To the use of a cellular radio telecommunication
    
device for the purpose of communicating with any of the following regarding an emergency situation:
            (A) an emergency response operator;
            (B) a hospital;
            (C) a physician's office or health clinic;
            (D) an ambulance service;
            (E) a fire department, fire district, or fire
        
company; or
            (F) a police department.
        (2) To the use of a cellular radio telecommunication
    
device to call for assistance in the event that there is a mechanical breakdown or other mechanical problem that impairs the safe operation of the bus.
        (3) To the use of a cellular radio telecommunication
    
device that has a digital two‑way radio service capability owned and operated by the school district, when that device is being used as a digital two‑way radio.
        (4) When the school bus is parked.
    (d) A school bus driver who violates this Section is guilty of a petty offense punishable by a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $250.
(Source: P.A. 92‑730, eff. 1‑1‑03.)

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑815) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12‑815)
    Sec. 12‑815. Strobe lamp on school bus.
    (a) A school bus manufactured prior to January 1, 2000 may be equipped with one strobe lamp that will emit 60 to 120 flashes per minute of white or bluish‑white light visible to a motorist approaching the bus from any direction. A school bus manufactured on or after January 1, 2000 shall be equipped with one strobe lamp that will emit 60 to 120 flashes per minute of white or bluish‑white light visible to a motorist approaching the bus from any direction. The lamp shall be of sufficient brightness to be visible in normal sunlight when viewed directly from a distance of at least one mile.
    (b) The strobe lamp shall be mounted on the rooftop of the bus with the light generating element in the lamp located equidistant from each side and either at or behind the center of the rooftop. The maximum height of the element above the rooftop shall not exceed 1/30 of its distance from the rear of the rooftop. If the structure of the strobe lamp obscures the light generating element, the element shall be deemed to be in the center of the lamp with a maximum height 1/4 inch less than the maximum height of the strobe lamp unless otherwise indicated in rules and regulations promulgated by the Department. The Department may promulgate rules and regulations to govern measurements, glare, effectiveness and protection of strobe lamps on school buses, including higher strobe lamps than authorized in this paragraph.
    (c) The strobe lamp may be lighted only when the school bus is actually being used as a school bus and:
        1. is stopping or stopped for loading or discharging
    
pupils on a highway outside an urban area; or
        2. is bearing one or more pupils and is either
    
stopped or, in the interest of safety, is moving very slowly at a speed:
            (i) less than the posted minimum speed limit, or
            (ii) less than 30 miles per hour on a highway
        
outside an urban area.
(Source: P.A. 91‑168, eff. 1‑1‑00; 91‑679, eff. 1‑26‑00.)

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑815.1)
    Sec. 12‑815.1. Emergency exits identification. On and after August 1, 2000, all emergency exits of a school bus shall be outlined around the perimeter of the exit with a minimum one inch wide yellow reflective tape or decal. This yellow reflective tape or decal shall be placed on the exterior surface of the school bus.
(Source: P.A. 91‑168, eff. 1‑1‑00; 91‑785, eff. 6‑9‑00.)

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑815.2)
    Sec. 12‑815.2. Noise suppression switch. Any school bus manufactured on or after January 1, 2006 must be equipped with a noise suppression switch capable of turning off noise producing accessories, including: heater blowers; defroster fans; auxiliary fans; and radios.
(Source: P.A. 94‑519, eff. 8‑10‑05.)

    (625 ILCS 5/12‑820) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12‑820)
    Sec. 12‑820. Nursery school buses. The Department of Transportation, after conducting a Public Hearing, may, by regulation, modify and supplement the requirements pertaining to seat dimensions, spacing and height from the floor and to other safety features in the interior of a school bus used to transport preschool children, when such modification or supplementing will enhance the safety of the bus when transporting such children.
(Source: P.A. 85‑828.)

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