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(1) The standards for school buses in Montana apply to all new school buses to be used in Montana. Although it is recommended that used school buses be re-equipped with parts and supplies that meet the construction standards as they are replaced through periodic maintenance and repair, it is not intended that the requirements of these standards preclude the use of replacement parts or supplies that do not meet these higher standards when said parts and supplies are not readily available for emergency and/or roadside repairs. Further, it is not intended that the use of such regular parts, because of the lack of ready availability, should incur increased liability to the operator or district should damages or risk occur as a result of the use or failure of that part or supply when such district or operator has acted in good faith in making the emergency and/or roadside repair(s) . If emergency and/or roadside repairs are made with regular standards parts, or supplies, it is recommended that said parts or supplies be replaced by parts or supplies which meet or exceed the standards for school buses in Montana within 60 days.

History: Sec. 20-2-121, MCA; IMP, Sec. 20-10-111, MCA; NEW, 1993 MAR p. 684, Eff. 4/30/93.

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