2021 Montana School Bus Standards

The Board of Public Education has adopted the amendments to ARM 10.64.301 pertaining to the Montana School Bus Requirements

The 2021 Montana School Bus Standards implement the new laws improving school bus safety which were passed by the 2021 Montana Legislature.

These new laws are as follows:

61-8-351, MCA Now requires the use of an extended stop arm that partially obstructs the roadway and equipped with additional flashing red lights as specified 61-9-402, MCA, and requiring a school district trustees to approve each bus stop that requires a student to cross the roadway.  (This new law resulted from the passing of HB267 of the 2021 legislation)

61-9-402 and 20-10-111, MCA Now authorizes the use of four or more flashing red lights on school buses, and placement of flashing red lights.  (This new law resulted from the passing of HB207 of the 2021 legislation)

Other general updates to the 2021 Montana School Bus Standards have been implemented for purposes of providing additional safety guidelines.

Contact:  Donell Rosenthal, State Director of Pupil Transportation