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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Chapter 316
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F.S. 316.70
316.70 Nonpublic sector buses; safety rules.
(1) All owners and drivers of nonpublic sector buses operated on the public highways of this state are subject to the rules and regulations contained in 49 C.F.R. parts 382, 385, and 390-397 to ensure that:
(a) Nonpublic sector buses are safely maintained, equipped, and operated.
(b) Nonpublic sector buses are carrying the insurance required by law and carrying liability insurance on the checked baggage of passengers not to exceed the standard adopted by the United States Department of Transportation.
(c) Florida license tags are purchased for nonpublic sector buses pursuant to s. 320.38.
(2) Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles personnel may conduct compliance reviews for the purpose of determining compliance with this section. A civil penalty may be assessed against any person who violates any provision of this section or who violates any rule or order of the department found during a compliance review as provided in s. 316.3025. A motor carrier may be enjoined from operation pursuant to s. 316.3026 for violations found during a compliance review. Motor carriers found to be operating without insurance coverage required by s. 627.742 or 49 C.F.R. part 387 may be enjoined as provided in s. 316.3026.
(3) For the purpose of enforcing this section, any law enforcement officer of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles or a duly appointed agent of the department who holds a current safety inspector certification from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance may require the driver of any nonpublic sector bus operated on the highways of this state to stop and submit to an inspection of the vehicle or the driver’s records. If the vehicle is being operated or the driver is operating the vehicle in an unsafe condition, or if any required part or equipment is not present or is not in proper repair or adjustment, and the continued operation would be unduly hazardous, the officer or agent may require the vehicle or the driver to be removed from service pursuant to the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria until all safety concerns are corrected. However, if continuous operation would not be unduly hazardous, the officer or agent may give written notice requiring correction of the condition within 15 days after the inspection.
(4) School buses subject to chapter 1006 or s. 316.615 are exempt from this section. 2, 7, ch. 81-209; s. 9, ch. 87-270; s. 9, ch. 95-247; s. 246, ch. 99-248; s. 960, ch. 2002-387; s. 1, ch. 2003-90; s. 20, ch. 2003-286; s. 71, ch. 2016-239; s. 3, ch. 2021-187.