Senate Research Center S.B. 1079
AUTHOR'S / SPONSOR'S STATEMENT OF INTENT
Current law does not contain any guidelines regarding the prohibition of overcrowding on a school bus, nor does it authorize a police officer to investigate the possible overcrowding of a school bus. Recent events have shown that overcrowding is a potential reality in some school buses in this state, and that such overcrowding may pose several safety hazards.
As proposed, S.B. 1079 prohibits the number of people in a school bus from exceeding the manufacturer's design capacity for the vehicle. This bill additionally authorizes a school bus operator to prohibit a passenger from standing or sitting on the floor of a bus or anywhere that is not a seat.
SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS
SECTION 1. Amends Subchapter I, Chapter 545, Transportation Code, by adding Section 545.426, as follows:
Sec. 545.426. OPERATION OF SCHOOL BUS. (a) Prohibits a person from operating a school bus if the number of passengers on the bus is greater than the manufacturer's design capacity for that bus.
(b) Authorizes a school bus operator, while operating the school bus, to prohibit a passenger from standing in the bus, sitting on the floor of the bus, or sitting in any location on the bus that is not designed as a seat.
(c) Authorizes the Department of Public Safety to adopt rules as necessary to administer and enforce this section.
SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 2007.