(a) The commissioner, after consultation with, and pursuant to the recommendations
of, the Emergency Medical Service Authority and the department, shall adopt and enforce
reasonable regulations as the commissioner determines are necessary for the public
health and safety regarding the operation, equipment, and certification of drivers
of all ambulances used for emergency services. The regulations shall not conflict with standards established by the Emergency Medical
Service Authority pursuant to Section 1797.170 of the Health and Safety Code. The commissioner shall exempt, upon request of the county board of supervisors that
an exemption is necessary for public health and safety, noncommercial ambulances operated
within the county from the regulations adopted under this section as are specified
in the board of supervisors' request. The Emergency Medical Service Authority shall be notified by the county boards of
supervisors of any exemptions.
(b) The department, in cooperation with the Department of the California Highway Patrol
and the Emergency Medical Service Authority, may adopt and administer regulations
relating to the issuance, suspension, or revocation of ambulance driver's certificates.In addition to the fee authorized in Section 2427, the department shall charge a fee of twenty-five dollars ($25) for the issuance of
an original certificate and twelve dollars ($12) for the renewal of that certificate,
and, in the administration thereof, to exercise the powers granted to the commissioner
by this section.
(c) This section shall not preclude the adoption of more restrictive regulations by
local authorities, except that inspection of ambulances pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 2510 shall not be duplicated by local authorities. It is the intent of the Legislature that regulations adopted by the commissioner
pursuant to this section shall be the minimum necessary to protect public health and
safety, and shall not be so restrictive as to preclude compliance by ambulances operated
in sparsely populated areas. This subdivision does not relieve the owner or driver of any ambulance from compliance
with Section 21055.
(d) The Department of the California Highway Patrol after consultation with the department
and the Emergency Medical Service Authority shall prepare, and make available for
purchase, an ambulance driver's handbook.
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