A. Driver requirements. Any person driving Children receiving Child care from a Child Care Facility must have the proper license to drive the class of motor vehicle being used, annually submit a signed release authorizing the Department to check the records of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, receive a qualifying result pursuant to the Bureau of Motor Vehicle Check, and complete Department-approved training for transportation of Children prior to driving Children and at least every two years thereafter.
- The following offenses disqualify from driving Children receiving Childcare at a Child Care Facility, whenever committed:
a. Motor vehicle violation resulting in death,
b. Aggravated refusing to stop for a law enforcement officer,
c. Criminal homicide in operation of a motor vehicle.
- The following offenses disqualify from driving Children receiving Childcare at a Child Care Facility if committed within the last five years:
a. Criminal OUI,
b. Operating while license suspended or revoked,
c. Driving to endanger,
d. Refusing to stop for a law enforcement officer,
e. Criminal speeding
B. Vehicle capacity not to be exceeded. The number of persons transported in any vehicle must not exceed the seating capacity of the vehicle, except in the event of emergency evacuation and relocation to a previously established relocation site.
C. Safety in vehicles.
- No Child will be permitted in any vehicle without Adult supervision.
- Children must be seated with seat belts fastened or in Child safety seats in accordance with 29-A M.R.S. § 2081.
- The vehicle requirements above shall not apply to vehicles not operated by the Child Care Facility, such as school buses, taxis, and/or public transportation agencies.
- Children being transported on a school bus that are under the age of 4 must be in Child safety seats in accordance with 29-A M.R.S. § 2081.
- Weapons must not be transported in any vehicle in which Children are riding.
D. Field Trips
- Child Care Facilities must have measures in place to account for all Children at all times.
- Children must be accounted for when leaving and re-entering the Premises, and a head count should be performed periodically during a Field Trip.