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AB-673 Public transit operators: bus procurement: safety considerations.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 07/12/2017 09:00 PM
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Enrolled  July 12, 2017
Passed  IN  Senate  July 10, 2017
Passed  IN  Assembly  May 22, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 15, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 18, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 673


Introduced by Assembly Member Chu

February 15, 2017


An act to add Section 99173 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to transit operators.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 673, Chu. Public transit operators: bus procurement: safety considerations.
(1) Existing law imposes various requirements on transit operators and provides funding for transit services and capital improvements.
This bill would require a public transit operator, before the procurement of a new bus to be used in revenue operations, to take into consideration recommendations of, and best practices standards developed by, the exclusive representative of the recognized organization representing bus operators of the transit operator for specified purposes, including, among other purposes, reducing the risk of assault on bus operators. By creating new duties for public transit operators, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
(2) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 99173 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

99173.
 (a) Before the procurement of a new bus to be used in revenue operations, a public transit operator shall take into consideration recommendations of, and best practices standards developed by, the exclusive representative of the recognized organization representing bus operators of the transit operator for the following purposes:
(1) To reduce the risk of assault on bus operators.
(2) To prevent accidents caused by blind spots created by bus equipment or bus design.
(3) To enhance the safety of passengers, bus operators, or other vehicles or pedestrians that the bus may come into contact with while in service.
(b) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require a public transit operator to implement specific recommendations.

SEC. 2.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.