[R.O. 2007 §341.010; Ord. No. 984, 9-10-1987]
The driver of a vehicle upon any public way in this City, including alleys, streets and highways, upon meeting or overtaking from any direction any school bus which has stopped on the public way for the purpose of receiving or discharging any school children and whose driver has in the manner prescribed by law given the signal to stop shall stop the vehicle before reaching said school bus and shall not proceed until such school bus resumes motion or until signaled by the driver to proceed.
If any vehicle is witnessed by a Peace Officer or the driver of a school bus to have violated the provisions of this Section and the identity of the operator is not otherwise apparent, it shall be a rebuttable presumption that the person or persons in whose name such vehicle is registered committed the violation, but in the event that charges are filed against multiple owners of a motor vehicle, only one (1) of the owners may be convicted and court costs may be assessed against only one (1) of the owners. If the vehicle which is involved in the violation is registered in the name of a rental or leasing company and the vehicle was rented or leased to another person at the time of the violation, the rental or leasing company may rebut the presumption by providing the Peace Officer or City Attorney with a copy of the rental or lease agreement in effect at the time of the violation. The City Attorney shall not bring any legal proceedings against the rental or leasing company under this Section, unless prior written notice that the violation has been given to that leasing company by registered mail at the address appearing on the registration and the rental or leasing company has failed to provide the rental or lease agreement copy within fifteen (15) days of receipt of such notice. Any lessee shown on a copy of the rental or lease agreement during the period of when the violation occurred shall rebuttably be presumed to be the person who committed the violation.
[R.O. 2007 §341.020; Ord. No. 984, 9-10-1987]
Every bus used for the transportation of school children shall bear upon the front and rear thereon a plainly visible sign containing the words "School Bus" in letters not less than eight (8) inches in height. Each bus shall have lettered on the rear in plain and distinct type the following: "State Law: Stop while bus is loading and unloading". Each school bus subject to the provisions of Sections 304.050 to 304.070, RSMo., shall be equipped with a mechanical and electrical signal device approved by the State Board of Education which will display a signal plainly visible from the front and rear and indicating intention to stop.
Except as otherwise provided in this Section, the driver of a school bus in the process of loading or unloading students upon a street or highway shall activate the mechanical and electrical signaling devices, in the manner prescribed by the State Board of Education, to communicate to drivers of other vehicles that students are loading or unloading. A public school district has the authority pursuant to Section 304.050, RSMo., to adopt a policy which provides that the driver of a school bus in the process of loading or unloading students upon a divided highway of four (4) or more lanes may pull off of the main roadway and load or unload students without activating the mechanical and electrical signaling devices in a manner which gives the signal for other drivers to stop and may use the amber signaling devices to alert motorists that the school bus is slowing to a stop; provided that the passengers are not required to cross any traffic lanes and also provided that the emergency flashing signal lights are activated in a manner which indicates that drivers should proceed with caution and, in such case, the driver of a vehicle may proceed past the school bus with due caution. No driver of a school bus shall take on or discharge passengers at any location upon a highway consisting of four (4) or more lanes of traffic, whether or not divided by a median or barrier, in such manner as to require the passengers to cross more than two (2) lanes of traffic; nor shall any passengers be taken on or discharged while the vehicle is upon the road or highway proper unless the vehicle so stopped is plainly visible for at least five hundred (500) feet in each direction to drivers of other vehicles in the case of a highway with no shoulder and a speed limit greater than sixty (60) miles per hour and at least three hundred (300) feet in each direction to drivers of other vehicles upon other highways, and on all highways, only for such time as is actually necessary to take on and discharge passengers.
The driver of any school bus driving from the public ways of this City after loading or unloading school children should remain stopped if the bus is followed by three (3) or more vehicles until such vehicles have been permitted to pass the school bus if the conditions prevailing make it safe to do so.