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Chapter 570-30 PUBLIC SCHOOL BUS INSPECTION

Rule 570-30-.01 Organization

(1) The school bus inspection program shall apply to every public school bus as defined by O.C.G.A. 40-1-1 which is owned by a state, county, or municipal government or under contract by any independent system.
(2) The Commissioner shall appoint such employees as deemed necessary to perform both the administrative and inspectional tasks as provided by these rules.

Rule 570-30-.02 Definitions

(1) "Employees" means "Troopers" or "other Departmental Personnel" designated to supervise the inspectional efforts and to enforce related statutes and rules.
(2) Independent school system is a municipal school system.
(3) Inspection sticker is synonymous with the term certificate of safety inspection.

Rule 570-30-.03 Fees

No fee shall be charged by the employees of the Department of Public Safety for any inspection sticker, inspection or rejection of any school bus.

Rule 570-30-.04 Expiration Period of Inspection Sticker

The expiration date of all inspection stickers will be midnight of the last day of the month in which they are issued, one year hence. The Commissioner or his designee, for good cause shown, may extend an inspection sticker when reasons beyond the control of the Department preclude an inspection prior to the initial expiration date.

Rule 570-30-.05 Purchase of Bus

A purchaser of a bus, which vehicle prior to subject purchase was not required to be inspected, shall be allowed a 5-day grace period in which to obtain an inspection following the date of purchase. A bus purchased by a school system on which the original motor vehicle title has not been previously issued may be operated for up to 12 months following the date of purchase before an inspection is required.

Rule 570-30-.06 Inspection Sticker Location

The departmental employee, after vehicle passes inspection, shall affix an inspection sticker to the upper left-hand corner of the windshield of the approved vehicle as viewed from the driver's seat.

Rule 570-30-.07 Completion of Inspection Sticker

Departmental employees shall write in ink all pertinent data on the reverse side of inspection sticker and validate expiration of same through use of appropriate expiration year tab. Further, they should punch with ¼ inch punch the appropriate month of inspection.

Rule 570-30-.08 Inspection Reports

Reports of all inspectional efforts shall be maintained by employees as designated by the Commissioner.

Rule 570-30-.09 Minimum Requirements for Inspection

(1) Before an inspection sticker may be issued for a bus, the bus must pass a minimum North American Standard Vehicle Safety Inspection (Level 5).
(2) In addition to the minimum requirements of a North American Standard Vehicle Safety Inspection (Level 5), each bus must further meet Georgia School Bus Specifications standards established annually by the Georgia Department of Education.

Rule 570-30-.10 Body

(1) All public school buses shall be inspected annually or at the discretion of the Commissioner by employees of the Department of Public Safety.
(2) Each public school bus shall be inspected for:
(a) Front and rear sign containing the words "School Bus" in letters not less than eight inches (8") in height.
(b) Every bus used for transporting school children shall be painted National School Bus Chrome Yellow.
(c) Have an emergency door located either at the rear of the body or at the side of the body opposite from the side on which the students normally board. Said door shall be operative from both the interior and exterior of the bus at all times.
1. The emergency door shall be equipped with a slide-bar cam-operated lock. The slide bar shall have a minimum stroke of 1 inch. The emergency door shall be equipped with a suitable electric plunger-type switch and with buzzers located in the driver's compartment. The switch shall be enclosed and the wires leading from the switch shall be concealed in the body. The switch shall be installed so that the plunger of the switch contacts the farthest edge of the slide bar in such a manner that a slight movement of the slide bar will immediately close the switch and activate the buzzer.
2. The door lock shall be equipped with an interior handle that extends approximately to the center of the emergency door. It shall lift up to release the lock.
(d) The driver's seat shall be equipped with a seat belt.
(e) Combination clearance and marker lights shall be installed at each of the four roof corners. The two front lights shall be amber in color and the two rear lights shall be red in color. A cluster of three clearance and marker lights in the front and rear of the bus at the roof line is required.
(f) The body of said buses shall be equipped with four hooded or recessed red flasher or four red flasher lamps and four amber flasher lamps mounted on the same horizontal centerline. The system shall be wired so that the amber signal lamps are activated only by manual or foot operation and if activated are automatically deactivated and the red signal lamps activated when the bus entrance door is opened.
(g) There shall be installed on the left outside of the body a stop-arm to give notice to drivers of other vehicles that the bus is making a stop.
(h) The exhaust system of said buses shall carry exhaust gases from the engine to the discharge point into the atmosphere which shall be beyond the rear wheels and extended to a point as follows:
1. When exhaust is discharged on the side of vehicle, the discharge point shall be at or beyond the outermost flange of the body at the side of such vehicle;
2. When exhaust is discharged at the rear of the vehicle, the discharge point shall be at or beyond the rear bumper of such vehicle.
(i) All floor joints of such buses shall be gas tight and constructed so as to prevent the entry of engine exhaust gases into the passenger compartment. Any opening or separation of joints in the floor shall be repaired before the bus is used for transportation of children.
(j) Exterior Mirror. Two exterior clear-view, rear view mirrors shall be mounted forward, one to the left and one to the right of the driver. Area of each mirror shall be not less than 50 square inches overall. Each mirror shall be firmly supported and adjustable to give the driver a clear view past the left rear and right rear of the bus.
1. Two exterior convex type mirrors shall be mounted forward, one to the left and one to the right of the driver. Each mirror shall be a minimum of 6 x 6 inches overall, rectangular in shape and shall have a minimum 21 inch to a maximum 30 inch radius of curvature on the convex. Each mirror shall be firmly supported and adjustable to give the driver a clear view of the left rear wheels and the immediate adjacent area and the right wheels and the immediate adjacent area.
(k) An 8" convex cross-view mirror shall be mounted on the left fender so that the driver shall have a view directly in front of the bus. The mirror shall have a minimum of 7 ½ inches of exposed mirror surface. The case containing the mirror shall be so constructed that the mirror may be replaced.
1. Exception: Transit buses shall have 8" convex cross-view mirror mounted on the right side.
(l) Interior Mirror. One rear view non-glare mirror 6 inches x 30 inches in size, having a metal frame and back to be securely attached on the windshield header and so located as to give the driver a clear view of the entire interior of the bus and road behind.
(m) Horn. Every school bus shall be equipped with a horn capable of emitting a sound which, under normal conditions, shall be audible from a distance of 200 feet.
(n) Radio Speakers. No bus shall have radio speakers used for music or entertainment forward of a line five (5) feet from the rear of the driver's seat. Existing speakers in this area shall be permanently disabled. This prohibition does not apply to speakers used for communications purposes.

Rule 570-30-.11 Violation of Law and/or Rules: Penalty

In accordance with the authority cited in O.C.G.A. Title 40, these Rules shall have the force of law. If a responsible bus is denied an inspection sticker and is subsequently operated without having a valid sticker affixed as provided for in these Rules and associated statutes, the violation may be deemed a misdemeanor.

Rule 570-30-.12 Daily Inspections by Bus Operators

(1) No school bus shall be driven unless the driver shall have first satisfied himself or herself that the following parts and accessories are in good working order:
(a) Service brakes;
(b) Parking brake;
(c) Steering mechanism;
(d) Lighting devices and reflectors;
(e) Stop arm and flashing lights;
(f) Emergency door and exits;
(g) Tires;
(h) Horn;
(i) Windshield wiper(s);
(j) Rear vision mirror(s).
(2) The driver shall also satisfy himself or herself that the required emergency equipment is in place and ready for use:
(a) Fire extinguisher;
(b) Emergency triangles;
(c) First aid kit with required contents.
(3) Every school bus operator shall require its drivers to report, in writing, at the completion of each day's work with respect to each bus operated. The report must address, at a minimum, the following parts and accessories:
(a) Service brakes;
(b) Parking brakes;
(c) Steering mechanism;
(d) Lighting devices and reflectors;
(e) Stop arm and flashing lights;
(f) Emergency door and exits;
(g) Tires;
(h) Horn;
(i) Windshield wiper(s);
(j) Fire extinguisher;
(k) Emergency reflective triangles;
(l) First aid kit.
(4) Daily reports shall identify the vehicle and list any defect or deficiency discovered by or reported to the driver which would affect the safety of operation of the vehicle or result in its mechanical breakdown. If no defect or deficiency is discovered by or reported to the driver, the report shall so indicate. The report shall be signed and dated by the driver.
(5) Prior to requiring or permitting a driver to operate a bus, every school system shall repair or have repaired any defect or deficiency listed on the driver vehicle inspection report that would be likely to affect the safety of operation of the vehicle. Every school system, school contract carrier, shop foreman, or mechanic shall certify on the original driver vehicle inspection report that lists any defect or deficiency that the defect or deficiency has been repaired or that repair is unnecessary before the vehicle is again operated. The original driver vehicle inspection report and certification of repairs shall be maintained for three months from the date that the written report was prepared.