Wyoming - Transportation Safety—safety equipment: Program Requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law addresses bus safety equipment by authorizing the use of both stop-arm cameras and the installation of school bus seat belts.

Wyoming Statutes § 21-3-131. School bus standards; operators; vehicle operation; liability limited.

(iv) Passengers in type A school buses equipped with factory installed lap belts shall wear a properly secured lap belt at all times the vehicle is in motion;
(v) At least twice during each school year the driver of each school bus shall hold an emergency evacuation drill. Proper documentation for each drill shall be maintained on file with the school district;
(vi) School bus routing and seating plans shall be coordinated to eliminate standing passengers or exceeding the manufacturer's rating capacity for the school bus;
(vii) School buses shall operate with lighted headlamps at all times the vehicle is in motion;
(viii) The service door of the school bus shall remain closed at all times the vehicle is in motion;
(ix) Any accident involving a school bus which is required to be reported under W.S. 31-5-1106 shall also be reported to the state department of education on forms approved by the department;
(x) Effective school year 2016-2017, and each school year thereafter, all school buses transporting students to and from school and to and from student activities, as defined under W.S. 21-13-320(b)(i) and (ii), shall be equipped with an external video system and may be equipped with an internal video system. Equipment specifications shall be prescribed by rule and regulation of the department.

(c) Evidence of a person's failure to wear a lap or seat belt on a school bus if required under state or federal law or the failure of a school bus driver to require a passenger to wear a lap or seat belt as required under W.S. 31-5-1402(a), shall not be admissible in any civil action or for the purposes of W.S. 31-5-1402(a).

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