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SENATE BILL NO. 1475
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SCHOOL BUSES - Amends existing law to require school buses to be equipped
with seat belts on and after January 1, 1999.
02/16 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session - 1998
IN THE SENATE
SENATE BILL NO. 1475
BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO SCHOOL BUSES; AMENDING SECTION 49-217, IDAHO CODE, TO REQUIRE THAT
3 SCHOOL BUSES SHALL BE EQUIPPED WITH SEAT BELTS ON AND AFTER JANUARY 1,
5 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
6 SECTION 1. That Section 49-217, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
7 amended to read as follows:
8 49-217. REGULATIONS RELATIVE TO SCHOOL BUSES. Any officer or employee of
9 any school or school district operating a school bus who violates any regula-
10 tions promulgated in conformance with the provisions of section 49-201, Idaho
11 Code, may be guilty of misconduct and subject to removal from office or
12 employment. Any person operating a school bus under contract with a school or
13 school district who fails to comply with any regulations may be guilty of
14 breach of contract and such contract may be cancelled after notice of hearing
15 by the responsible officers of the school or school district. On and
16 after January 1, 1999, all school buses operated in this state by an employee
17 or contractor of a school district shall be equipped with safety belts in com-
18 pliance with the standards enumerated in sections 49-672 and 49-673, Idaho
19 Code, and any school bus operated by an employee or contractor of a school
20 district on and after January 1, 1999, shall comply with the standards enumer-
21 ated in those sections and all passengers riding on the school bus shall com-
22 ply with the standards and the duties set forth in those sections.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This proposal would require the installation and use of seat belts on all
school buses in Idaho.
In 1996-97, there were 2,440 school buses in Idaho. Based upon an
estimate of 50 belts required per bus and an installed cost of $40 per belt, the
first year cost would be $4,880,000. Assuming an annual replacement of twenty
percent (20%) per year, subsequent costs would be approximately $ 1,000,000
per year plus growth in students buses.
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