Session Law

Identifying Information:L. 2002 ch. 169
Other Identifying Information:2002 House Bill 2145
Tax Type:Vehicles
Brief Description:An Act regulating traffic; concerning passing stopped school buses; amending K.S.A. 8-1556 and repealing the existing section.




An Act regulating traffic; concerning passing stopped school buses; amending

K.S.A. 8-1556 and repealing the existing section.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

Section 1. K.S.A. 8-1556 is hereby amended to read as follows: 8-

1556. (a) The driver of a vehicle meeting or overtaking from either di-

rection any school bus stopped on the highway shall stop before reaching

such school bus when there is in operation on the school bus the flashing

red lights specified in subsection (a) of K.S.A. 8-1730, and amendments

thereto, and the driver shall not proceed until such school bus resumes

motion or the flashing red lights and the stop signal arm are no longer


(b) Every school bus shall be equipped with red visual signals meeting

the requirements of subsection (a) of K.S.A. 8-1730, and amendments

thereto, which may be actuated by the driver of the school bus whenever

but only whenever such vehicle is stopped on the highway for the purpose

of receiving or discharging school children. A school bus driver shall not

actuate the special visual signals:

(1) At intersections or other places where traffic is controlled by traf-

fic-control signals or police officers; or

(2) in designated school bus loading areas where the bus is entirely

off the roadway.

(c) Every school bus shall bear upon the front and rear thereof plainly

visible: (1) signs containing the words ``school bus'' in letters not less than

eight inches in height; and (2) decals stating ``Warning, $100 Fine for

Passing Stopped School Bus with Red Lights Flashing and Stop Sign


When a school bus is being operated upon a highway for purposes other

than the actual transportation of children either to or from school or to

or from interschool or intraschool functions or activities, or for mainte-

nance, repair or storage purposes all markings thereon indicating ``school

bus'' shall be covered or concealed.

(d) The driver of a vehicle upon a highway with separate roadways

need not stop upon meeting or passing a school bus which is on a different

roadway or when upon a controlled-access highway and the school bus is

stopped in a loading zone which is a part of or adjacent to such highway

and where pedestrians are not permitted to cross the roadway.

(e) The provisions of this section shall be subject to the provisions

contained in K.S.A. 8-2009a, and amendments thereto.

Sec. 2. K.S.A. 8-1556 is hereby repealed.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its

publication in the statute book.

Approved May 29, 2002.


Date Composed: 10/10/2002 Date Modified: 10/10/2002