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Ask A Trooper: Bus or truck stopping in traffic - what's the difference?

Question: Some of my fellow bus drivers and are I are debating if it 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 Trp. Jesse Grabow — Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205. (You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at, jesse.grabow@state.mn.us).

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