Rules of the Road for Drivers

ORS 811.165
Failure to stop for passenger loading of public transit vehicle

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A person commits the offense of failure to stop for passenger loading of a public transit vehicle if the person is the driver of a vehicle overtaking a public transit vehicle described in this section that is stopped or about to stop for the purpose of receiving or discharging any passenger and the person does not:


Stop the overtaking vehicle to the rear of the nearest running board or door of the public transit vehicle; and


Keep the vehicle stationary until all passengers have boarded or alighted therefrom and reached a place of safety.


This section applies to the following public transit vehicles:


Commercial buses; and


Rail fixed guideway public transportation system vehicles.


A person is not in violation of this section if the person passes a public transit vehicle:


Upon the left of any public transit vehicle described in this section on a one-way street; or


At a speed not greater than is reasonable and proper and with due caution for the safety of pedestrians when:


The public transit vehicle has stopped at the curb; or


Any area or space has been officially set apart within the roadway for the exclusive use of pedestrians and the area or space is so protected or marked or indicated by adequate signs as to be plainly visible at all times while set apart as a safety zone.


The offense described in this section, failure to stop for passenger loading of public transit vehicle, is a Class B traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §586; 1985 c.16 §292; 1995 c.383 §49; 2001 c.522 §4; 2017 c.46 §5]
Chapter 811

See also annotations under ORS chapter 483 in permanent edition.

Notes of Decisions

Under Former Similar Statute

A party in violation of a motor vehicle statute is negligent as a matter of law unless he introduces evidence from which the trier of fact could find that he was acting as a reasonably prudent person under the circumstances. Barnum v. Williams, 264 Or 71, 504 P2d 122 (1972)

Law Review Citations

Under Former Similar Statute

10 WLJ 207 (1974)


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