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Trans 300.81(7) (7)Camera, audio monitor or recording device / computer antenna. A school bus may be equipped with a camera, audio monitor or recording device, or computer antenna subject to the following conditions:
Trans 300.81(7)(a) (a) When a device is mounted in the driver's compartment it shall be located so as to not interfere with movement into and out of step well area. When a camera is placed to view through the windshield it shall not be located to the left of the centerline of the school bus. The camera shall be mounted not more than 2 inches below the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers and located outside the driver's sight lines to the road, mirrors, highway signs and signals.
Trans 300.81(7)(b) (b) The device may not interfere with driver visibility and passenger entrance and aisle.
Trans 300.81(7)(c) (c) A device mounted in the rear of the school bus shall not protrude more than 6 inches forward of the rear bulkhead or from the ceiling.
Trans 300.81(7)(d) (d) A maximum of two devices may be located near the middle of a school bus, if they do not protrude more than 4 inches and are located no more than 15 inches above the side windows that are not emergency exits, measured from the edge of the window frame directly to the device. The device or devices shall be mounted parallel to a seat back. If flush mounted, the device or devices may be located beyond the 15 inch separation from the side window.
Trans 300.81(7)(e) (e) All devices shall be securely fastened and contained within a shatterproof housing. All exposed edges or sharp corners shall be protected or designed to prevent injury upon contact.
Trans 300.81(7)(f) (f) External devices shall be contained within a shatterproof housing.
Trans 300.81(7)(g) (g) A video display, if utilized, shall be mounted in the driver's compartment and within or in close proximity to the forward field of view of the driver. It shall not restrict visibility of the driver's sight lines to the road, mirrors, highway signs and signals, or affect operation of the school bus controls. The video display may be incorporated as part of the interior rear view mirror and display an image when the parking brake is applied, warning lamps are activated, or transmission is in reverse.
Trans 300.81(8) (8)Blood-borne pathogen kit. A school bus may be equipped with a blood-borne pathogen kit subject to the following conditions:
Trans 300.81(8)(a) (a) The kit shall be mounted or located in the driver's compartment.
Trans 300.81(8)(b) (b) The kit shall be labeled.
Trans 300.81(9) (9)Airfoil. A school bus may be equipped with an airfoil designed to reduce the accumulation of snow on the rear of the bus.
Trans 300.81(10) (10)Passenger advisory or theft system. A school bus may be equipped with a passenger advisory / theft system as long as the system does not interfere with operation or identification of other school bus standards set forth in this rule.
Trans 300.81(11) (11)Navigational device or laptop computer install. A school bus may be equipped with a navigational device that meets the following requirements:
Trans 300.81(11)(a) (a) The device is mounted within the driver's compartment.
Trans 300.81(11)(b) (b) The device shall be mounted in a position where it does not obscure the driver's sight lines to the road, mirrors, highway signs and signals and it may not impede space within the aisle.
Trans 300.81(11)(c) (c) The device shall be securely mounted.
Trans 300.81(11)(d) (d) The display shall activate for navigational purposes only while the school bus is in motion. Distractive manipulation of the device is prohibited while the school bus is being driven. For the purposes of this section only, driven means operating a commercial motor vehicle, with the motor running, including while temporarily stationary because of traffic, a traffic control device, or other momentary delays such as picking up or discharging students. Driven does not include operating a school bus, with or without the motor running, when the school bus is legally stopped or parked upon the highway.
Trans 300.81(11)(e) (e) Software programs, if utilized, shall be specific to school bus operations such as, but not limited to, passenger accountability, routing, navigation, emergency notification, tracking, messaging and equipment monitoring.
Trans 300.81(11)(f) (f) The device shall be used with due regard to passenger safety. At no time shall operation of this device cause a distraction while operating the school bus.
Trans 300.81(12) (12)Additional driver or passenger safety items. A school bus may be equipped with additional safety items such as a seat belt cutter with recessed razor blade, hand sanitizer, and automated external defibrillator or AED. These items shall be kept in the driver's compartment. Additional items may be authorized upon written approval of the Division of State Patrol.
Trans 300.81 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1995, No. 470, eff. 3-1-95; am. (1), (3) (c) and (d), Register, December, 1997, No. 504, eff. 1-1-98; CR 03-116: r. and recr. (6) Register April 2004 No. 580, eff. 5-1-04; CR 15-069: am. (7) (intro.), r. and recr. (7) (a), am. (7) (b), cr. (7) (c) to (g), (9) to (12) Register April 2016 No. 724, eff. 5-1-16.
subch. IV of ch. Trans 300 Subchapter IV—General Requirements
Trans 300.85 Trans 300.85Replacement equipment. Any item of equipment if covered by a standard in this chapter shall, upon replacement, be replaced with an item meeting the original standard. Any modification of a school bus shall be in conformity with state rules in effect at the time of the modification.
Trans 300.85 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1983, No. 326, eff. 3-1-83.
Trans 300.86 Trans 300.86Enforcement policy.
Trans 300.86(1) (1) The enforcement policy of the division of state patrol shall take into consideration the age, condition, and equipment of buses before granting approval for their continued use. The division may not permit the use of any bus for school transportation purposes which is deemed to be unsafe or unfit for such service.
Trans 300.86(2) (2) In construing and enforcing the provisions of this chapter, the act, omission or failure of any officer, agent, servant or other person acting for or employed by the registered owner or the lessee of the bus, whoever has control, done within the scope of employment is deemed to be the act, omission or failure of such registered owner or lessee. This subsection does not apply to violations of ch. 346, Stats., and s. Trans 300.16.
Trans 300.86 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1983, No. 326, eff. 3-1-83; am. (2), Register, February, 1995, No. 470, eff. 3-1-95; correction in (2) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 5., Stats., Register, August, 1996, No. 488; am. Register, December, 1997, No. 504, eff. 1-1-98.
Trans 300.87 Trans 300.87Inspection procedures.
Trans 300.87(1) (1) Upon notification by the department of transportation, or the department of public instruction, or any public school official, the owner or operator shall present all school buses for inspection at the time and place designated or the department may, at its option, inspect the school buses at the owner's place of business. All school buses shall be inspected annually.
Trans 300.87(2) (2) A school bus inspection report shall be completed for each school bus inspected. A copy of the report shall be provided to the school bus owner and the respective school district. Upon completion of an inspection, a school bus shall be approved or disapproved. A school bus is approved when it is found that all requirements of this chapter are met. A school bus is disapproved if defects are noted and the school bus inspection report indicates that the vehicle is “out-of-service."
Trans 300.87(3) (3) It is unlawful for a person to operate or permit to be operated any school bus that:
Trans 300.87(3)(a) (a) Is in violation of any requirement of this chapter.
Trans 300.87(3)(b) (b) Requires repairs prior to any operation.
Trans 300.87 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1983, No. 326, eff. 3-1-83; renum. to be (1) and am., cr. (2), (3), Register, February, 1995, No. 470, eff. 3-1-95.
Trans 300.88 Trans 300.88Applicability.
Trans 300.88(1) (1) School buses manufactured prior to March 1, 1995 shall be subject to the rules applicable at the time the vehicle was first registered as a school bus in Wisconsin. School buses subject to previous standards are less stringent.
Trans 300.88(2) (2) All school buses manufactured on March 1, 1995 or later shall be subject to this chapter and to the referenced federal motor vehicle safety standards in effect on the date of manufacture. The department shall consider the date of manufacture as being the date on which the second stage manufacturer or the school bus body manufacturer completes the installation of the body on the chassis or the date a single manufacturer completes the unit. In the case of a rebody, the completed rebody school bus has been remanufactured on March 1, 1995 or later and shall meet the requirements of this chapter and the referenced federal motor vehicle safety standards in effect on the date of the rebody.
Trans 300.88 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1983, No. 326, eff. 3-1-83; renum. from Trans 300.89 and am., Register, February, 1995, No. 470, eff. 3-1-95.
Trans 300.89 Trans 300.89Penalties. Violations of any provisions of this chapter shall be prosecuted under the governing statute. Where no penalty is provided, the violation shall be prosecuted as set forth in s. 85.16 (2), Stats.
Trans 300.89 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1983, No. 326, eff. 3-1-83; renum. from Trans 300.91 and am., Register, February, 1995, No. 470, eff. 3-1-95.
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