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20 ILCS 505/4f

    (20 ILCS 505/4f)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 4f. Transportation providers; compliance requirements.
    (a) A purchase of service agency under contract with the Department to provide transportation services to children and families under this Act must comply with all applicable federal and State laws and regulations and Department rules. When the purchase of service agency signs the purchase of service contract, this signature shall be the agency's certification of compliance with the applicable laws, regulations, and rules. Additionally, the signed purchase of service contract shall be the agency's certification that:
        (1) the agency has trained all of its drivers who
    
transport children on behalf of the Department on how to properly install and operate an approved child restraint system as defined in the Child Passenger Protection Act;
        (2) all drivers possess a valid driver's license and
    
have a driving record devoid of any convictions of traffic violations or evidence of committing an offense for which mandatory revocation would be required upon conviction in accordance with Section 6-205 of the Illinois Vehicle Code;
        (3) any motor vehicle operated by a driver during the
    
transport of any child on behalf of the Department is insured as required under the Illinois Vehicle Code and such insurance will be maintained throughout the period for which the motor vehicle is used to transport any child on behalf of the Department, and the driver will not operate the motor vehicle unless the required insurance is in effect; and
        (4) all vehicles used to transport children on behalf
    
of the Department are properly maintained, clean, and smoke free with properly functioning heating and air conditioner systems that the driver has been instructed to utilize as appropriate for the weather conditions.
    A purchase of service agency must provide a designated telephone number that drivers, parents, foster parents, and legal guardians can use to communicate with the agency at any point before or during a scheduled transport or family visit to notify the agency regarding a late pickup or arrival. The agency must have staff available to accept all calls to the designated telephone number.
    (b) Every driver employed by a purchase of service agency who transports children on behalf of the Department must submit, as a condition of employment, a signed written statement certifying that he or she will comply with all applicable federal and State laws and regulations and Department rules, and must attest to all of the following in his or her signed written statement:
        (1) that he or she possesses the requisite knowledge
    
to properly install and operate an approved child restraint system as defined in the Child Passenger Protection Act;
        (2) that he or she possesses a valid driver's
    
license and has a driving record devoid of any convictions of traffic violations or evidence of committing an offense for which mandatory revocation would be required upon conviction in accordance with Section 6-205 of the Illinois Vehicle Code;
        (3) that the motor vehicle he or she operates to
    
transport children on behalf of the Department is insured as required under the Illinois Vehicle Code and such insurance will be maintained throughout the period for which the motor vehicle is used to transport any child on behalf of the Department, and he or she will not operate the motor vehicle unless the required insurance is in effect;
        (4) that the motor vehicle he or she operates to
    
transport children on behalf of the Department is properly maintained, clean, and smoke free with properly functioning heating and air conditioner systems that he or she will utilize as appropriate for the weather conditions;
        (5) that he or she can effectively communicate with
    
the parents, foster parents, or legal guardians of the children he or she transports; and
        (6) that, as a condition of employment, he or she has
    
consented to and completed a fingerprint-based criminal history records check performed by the Illinois State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or some other entity that has the ability to check his or her fingerprints against the fingerprint records now and hereafter filed in the Illinois State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history records databases.
    The Department must conduct annual checks on a purchase of service agency and the drivers under the agency's employment to ensure compliance with this Section and all applicable laws, regulations, and Department rules. The Department may adopt any rules necessary to implement the provisions of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 102-795, eff. 1-1-23.)