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Keeping School Bus Children Safe

Ontario Reminds Drivers To Follow School Bus Rules

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario law requires drivers to stop when approaching a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing. Violators face fines of up to $2,000 and six demerit points.

As Ontario enters the back-to-school season, here are some additional safety tips for parents, caregivers and teachers to share with children:

  • Use 10 giant steps as a guide to take you away from the front of the bus
  • Be sure you can see the driver and that the driver sees you
  • Watch for the driver's signal that it is safe to cross the street
  • Listen and look both ways to be sure it is safe before you cross the street
  • If you drop anything in front of the bus, leave it - never stop to pick it up
  • Walk - never run - across the street.

The McGuinty government has introduced tough measures for drivers, vehicle owners and school bus operators to ensure children get to and from school safely. All school buses must now have crossing arms to keep children out of the bus driver's blind spot in front of the bus, added emergency exit windows, and better side mirrors to improve the driver's line of sight.

Quick Facts

  • More than 800,000 students travel on school buses each day during the school year.
  • Ontario requires that all school buses undergo a safety inspection at least twice a year. School bus operators that fail to meet Ontario's safety standards face some of the highest fines in North America - up to $20,000 for companies caught operating an unsafe bus.

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“Let's keep our children safe this school year. Drive cautiously around school zones and stop when approaching a school bus with red flashing lights. Knowing and following the rules of the road improves safety everywhere.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of Transportation

“Child safety is our industry's number one priority. Paying attention to school bus rules will help protect our children.”

Rick Donaldson

Executive Director, Ontario School Bus Association



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