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Chapter 6.5. Motor Carrier Safety * Article 8. General Equipment Requirements Side Windows As Emergency Exits.   

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Side windows used as emergency exits on buses (other than school buses and buses operated by law enforcement agencies to transport passengers) and all farm labor vehicles shall have the following:

(a) Type 1 Bus--On a Type 1 bus, an unobstructed opening at least 17 3/4 x 13 in. The total escape area shall be at least 67 sq in. for each seating space, including the driver's. At least 40% of the escape areas shall be located on one side of the bus.

(b) Type 2 Bus and Farm Labor Vehicle--On a Type 2 bus and any farm labor vehicle not a Type 1 bus, one or two openings, of at least 564 sq in., with a minimum dimension of at least 12 in.

(1) In lieu of compliance with Section 1268(h)(1), a farm labor vehicle less than 80 in. wide may be equipped with not less than one sliding or push-out escape window on each side of the passenger compartment. Each window shall provide an unobstructed opening of not less than 17 3/4 x 13 in. and shall be constructed and latched so that passengers can open it readily in an emergency. The total escape areas shall equal at least 67 sq in. for each seating space, and not less than 40% of this escape area shall be located on one side of the vehicle. This does not apply to passenger(s) seated in the driver's compartment separated from the passenger compartment.

(2) Rear emergency windows that may be used in lieu of emergency exit doors shall provide an unobstructed opening of not less than 6 sq ft and a minimum width of 16 in.

(3) All push out windows shall have instructions for operation on the interior.

Authority cited:

Vehicle Code 31401

Vehicle Code 34501

Vehicle Code 34501.5

Reference:

Vehicle Code 31401

Vehicle Code 34501

Vehicle Code 34501.5

(Amended by Register 95, No. 19.)