Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. The first paragraph of section 7B of chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1994 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out clause (2) and inserting in place thereof the following clause:-
(2) The operator of a school bus shall not allow the number of school pupils riding in the bus at any one time to exceed the number of adequate thirteen inch seats therein nor shall the operator drive said bus until each pupil is seated; provided however, that any such bus, in which adequate straps, handles or other supports are available for standing passengers, may carry not more than three standees in any case of an emergency for a period not to exceed five consecutive school days.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect on September fifteenth, nineteen hundred and ninety-eight.