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Chapter 6.5. Motor Carrier Safety * Article 9. Additional Equipment Requirements for School Buses Door Warning Devices.   

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On all school buses, except Type 2 buses manufactured prior to July 1, 1970, every emergency door and every floor level door located to the rear of the driver's seat shall have an electrical warning device that is both audible and visible from the driver's seating position while the ignition switch is on. The visible device shall be a green or red light. The warning device shall be activated as follows:

(a) On Type 1 school buses manufactured on or after January 1, 1950, and all school buses manufactured on or after April 1, 1977, when the door latch is not in the closed position.

(b) On Type 2 buses manufactured on or after July 1, 1970, and prior to April 1, 1977, by opening the door.

(c) On all school buses manufactured after January 1, 1993, when the latch mechanism is not fully engaged and securing the door in the closed position. The warning device shall be activated by movement of the latch mechanism and shall activate prior to the latch reaching a position which would allow the door to open. A warning device which can be deactivated by operating the door handle or latch mechanism without closing the door does not meet this requirement.

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Vehicle Code 34508


Vehicle Code 34508

(Amended by Register 93, No. 17.)