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CHAPTER 216 AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 3494 AND 3497 OF THE CONSOLIDATED STATUTES, AND BEING A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 7, CHAPTER 136 PUBLIC LAWS OF 1927, RELATIVE TO SEPARATION OF THE RACES IN TRANSPORTATION BY MOTOR VEHICLES. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:
That section seven, chapter one hundred and thirty-six, Public Laws of one thousand nine hundred and twenty-seven, be and the same is hereby amended by adding at the end of said section the following: The Commission shall require any motor vehicle carrier operating on a franchise granted by the Corporation Commission and coming within the provisions of this act, if engaged in the transportation of both white and colored passengers for hire. to provide separate but equal accommodations for the white and colored races at passenger stations or waiting rooms where the carrier receives passengers of both races and/or on all busses or motor vehicles operating on a route or routes over which such carrier transports passengers of both races. Such accommodations may be furnished either by separate motor vehicles or by equal accommodations in motor vehicles. Provided that any requirement as to separate accommodation for the races shall not apply to specially chartered motor vehicles or to negro servants and attendants on their employers, or to officers or guards transporting prisoners; and provided that operators of motor vehicles or bus lines or taxicabs engaged in the transportation of passengers of one race only shall not be required to provide any accommodations for the other race, and provided that an operator shall not be required to furnish any accommodations to the other race over a line or route where he has undertaken and is engaged in the transportation of passengers of only one race, and provided, further, that nothing contained in this act or the law amended hereby shall be construed to declare operators of busses and/or taxicabs common carriers.