Gabler School Transportation Safety Bill Advances

HARRISBURG – The state House today unanimously passed legislation authored by state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) that would allow school transportation vehicles that are smaller than school buses to include revolving and flashing yellow lights.

“On a school day, it’s easy for drivers to see school buses yet accidentally overlook vans and minivans carrying ‘cargo’ that is just as precious,” Gabler said. “House Bill 364 would make these vehicles more noticeable to oncoming motorists.”

Under current law, these school vehicles are not authorized to display visual signals. House Bill 364 would allow them to be fitted with one flashing or revolving yellow light on the roof either permanently or temporarily. The light would be activated only when preparing to stop, and when stopped to load or unload school students.

“Bad weather and travel during dawn or dusk makes it even tougher to distinguish these vans – especially on rural roads,” added Gabler. “Yellow lights will serve as additional visual signals to enable motorists to avoid accidents and protect students.”

House Bill 364 may now be considered by the state Senate.

Questions about this legislation or any state-related matter may be directed to Gabler’s DuBois office at 814-375-4688, his St. Marys office at 814-781-6301 or Clearfield office at 814-765-0593.

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