Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Section 9 of chapter 89 of the General Laws, as appearing in chapter 838 of the acts of 1977, is hereby further amended by inserting after the fourth paragraph the following paragraph:-
For the purposes of this section the word, "vehicle", shall include a trackless trolley.
SECTION 2. Section 1 of chapter 90 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out the definition of "Motor vehicles", as most recently amended by section 3 of chapter 261 of the acts of 1976, and inserting in place thereof the following definition:-
"Motor vehicles", all vehicles constructed and designed for propulsion by power other than muscular power including such vehicles when pulled or towed by another motor vehicle, except railroad and railway cars, vehicles operated by the system known as trolley motor or trackless trolley under chapter one hundred and sixty-three or section ten of chapter five hundred and forty-four of the acts of nineteen hundred and forty-seven, vehicles running only upon rails or tracks, vehicles used for other purposes than the transportation of property and incapable of being driven at a speed exceeding twelve miles per hour and which are used exclusively for the building, repair and maintenance of highways or designed especially for use elsewhere than on the travelled part of ways, wheelchairs owned and operated by invalids and vehicles which are operated or guided by a person on foot; provided, however, that the exception for trackless trolleys provided herein shall not apply to sections seventeen, twenty-one, twenty-four, twenty-four I, twenty-five and twenty-six. The definition of "Motor vehicles" shall not include motorized bicycles. In doubtful cases, the registrar may determine whether or not any particular vehicle is a motor vehicle as herein defined. If he determines that it should be so classified, he may require that it be registered under this chapter, but such determination shall not be admissible as evidence in any action at law arising out of the use or operation of such vehicle previous to such determination.
SECTION 3. Said section 1 of said chapter 90 is hereby further amended by striking out the definition of "Operator", as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following definition:-
"Operator", any person who operates a motor vehicle or trackless trolley.
SECTION 4. Said section 1 of said chapter 90 is hereby further amended by adding, after the definition of a "thickly settled or business district," the following definition:-
"Trackless trolley", an electrically operated, rubber wheeled vehicle receiving power from a fixed overhead electrical source by way of a trolley mechanism.
SECTION 5. The first paragraph of section 14 of said chapter 90 is hereby amended by striking out the fourth sentence, as most recently amended by chapter 414 of the acts of 1983, and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- When approaching a vehicle which displays a sign bearing the words "SCHOOL BUS" and which is equipped with front and rear alternating flashing red signal lamps which are flashing, as provided in section seven B, and which has been stopped to allow pupils to alight from or board the same, a person operating a motor vehicle or trackless trolley shall, except when approaching from the opposite direction on a divided highway, bring his vehicle or trackless trolley to a full stop before reaching said school bus and shall not thereafter proceed until the warning signals are deactivated, unless directed to the contrary by a police officer duly authorized to control the movement of traffic.
SECTION 6. Section thirteen of chapter one hundred and sixty-three of the General Laws is hereby repealed.