ASK A TROOPER: Is it legal for public buses to stop in a traffic lane?
Question: Is legal for a public transit bus to stop in a traffic lane, with the four way flashers activated, to load or unload passengers - specifically in a downtown area? There are semi-trucks and delivery trucks that do this on a regular basis to load and unload deliveries. So what would be the difference between a bus and a truck?
Answer: Stopping in the lane is illegal. However, it is possible for delivery vehicles/buses to do so if there is no other way of pulling off of the roadway within business or residential areas. In every event a clear and unobstructed width of at least 20 feet of such part of the highway opposite such standing vehicle shall be left for the free passage of other vehicles and a clear view of such stopped vehicle be available from a distance of 200 feet in each direction upon such highway.
A portion of state statutes were used with permission from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Sgt. Neil Dickenson - Minnesota State Patrol at 1131 Mesaba Ave, Duluth, MN 55811. (You can follow me on Twitter @MSPPIO_NE or reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org).