[First Reprint]

ASSEMBLY, No. 1466

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

216th LEGISLATURE

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2014 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  PATRICK J. DIEGNAN, JR.

District 18 (Middlesex)

Assemblyman  JASON O'DONNELL

District 31 (Hudson)

Assemblyman  CHARLES MAINOR

District 31 (Hudson)

Assemblyman  CARMELO G. GARCIA

District 33 (Hudson)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblyman Eustace, Assemblywoman Caride, Assemblyman Schaer, Assemblywoman Jasey, Assemblymen Cryan, Egan, Wisniewski, Coughlin, Caputo and Benson

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Allows for waiver of school bus requirements for mobility assistance vehicle technicians who transport students with medical needs to and from school.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As amended by the Senate on August 13, 2015.

 


An Act concerning the transportation of students with certain medical needs and amending P.L.1981, c.51.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Section 1 of P.L.1981, c.51 (C.18A:39-20.1) is amended to read as follows:

     1.    a.  Notwithstanding any statute or regulation to the contrary, any board of education, governing body of a nonpublic school or State agency may authorize qualified school personnel, State employees or parents, to transport school children to and from related school activities in a private vehicle with a capacity of eight or less.  Any person authorized by a board, body or agency to  provide such transportation services shall not be required to be licensed or  regulated as a school bus driver.  Such transportation shall be exempt from all registration, equipment, inspection and maintenance requirements imposed on the transportation of pupils by school bus.

     b.    Notwithstanding any statute or regulation to the contrary, any board of education, governing body of a nonpublic school or State agency may authorize a person certified as a mobility assistance vehicle technician to transport a student with medical needs to and from school or related school activities in a mobility assistance vehicle.  Any certified mobility assistance vehicle technician authorized by a board, body or agency to provide such transportation services shall not be required to be licensed or regulated as a school bus driver. Such transportation shall be exempt from all registration, equipment, inspection and maintenance requirements imposed on the transportation of students by a school bus.

     Each year prior to transporting students, a certified mobility assistance vehicle technician who transports a student with medical needs in accordance with this section shall furnish to the executive county superintendent a criminal history background check and evidence of a check for the technician’s record of alcohol and drug-related motor vehicle violations 1[in the performance of his contract]1.

     For the purposes of this subsection, “student with medical needs,” means a school-aged child who suffers from a life-threatening medical condition, and as a result of such condition, requires more individualized and continuous care.

(cf: P.L.1981, c.51, s.1)

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.