2010 Pennsylvania Code
Title 75 - VEHICLES
Chapter 45 - Other Required Equipment
4553 - General requirements for other vehicles transporting school children.

     § 4553.  General requirements for other vehicles transporting
                school children.
        (a)  Buses operated by urban mass transportation systems.--
            (1)  Buses, other than school buses, operated by urban
        mass transportation systems for the exclusive transportation
        of school children shall comply with Federal safety standards
        and such other safety regulations as the Pennsylvania Public
        Utility Commission and the department shall provide for such
        buses.
            (2)  Buses, other than school buses, operated by urban
        mass transportation systems for the exclusive or nonexclusive
        transportation of school children may, at the option of the
        urban mass transportation system, be equipped with flashing
        red and amber lights and may be identified by appropriate
        labeling as carrying school children. This equipment and
        identifying labels shall conform to those regulations which
        may be issued by the department under this paragraph.
        Notwithstanding any other provision of law, buses which are
        operated by urban mass transportation systems and which are
        equipped and identified in accordance with this paragraph,
        shall be considered school buses for purposes of section
        3345(a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g) and (j) (relating to
        meeting or overtaking school bus). The department may issue
        those regulations it deems appropriate to implement this
        paragraph.
        (b)  School-chartered bus.--In addition to school buses,
     school-chartered buses, which are designed to transport 16 or
     more passengers, including the driver, and which are operated by
     a person holding a certificate of the Pennsylvania Public
     Utility Commission or the Interstate Commerce Commission, may be
     used under a short-term contract with a school which has
     acquired the exclusive use of the vehicle at a fixed charge to
     provide transportation of school children to a special school-
     related event. A school-chartered vehicle may be used without
     restriction for the transportation of school children with
     special needs as may be necessary to make reasonable
     accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act
     of 1990 (Public Law 101-336, 104 Stat. 327).
        (c)  Other vehicles.--A motor vehicle used to transport
     children to or from school or in connection with school
     activities, which is not a school bus because of its limited
     seating capacity, shall comply with regulations established by
     the department for such vehicles. Unless required by Federal law
     or regulation, the regulations established by the department
     shall not require vehicles which pick up and discharge school
     children only at locations off the highway to be of any
     particular color or to display flashing red and amber lights.
     (July 10, 1984, P.L.679, No.146, eff. 60 days; May 20, 1993,
     P.L.30, No.10, eff. imd.)

        1993 Amendment.   Act 10 relettered former subsec. (b) to
     subsec. (c) and added a new subsec. (b).
        1984 Amendment.  Act 146 amended subsec. (a).

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