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School Buses Return to Ontario's Roads

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School Buses Return to Ontario's Roads

Ontario Government Committed to Keeping Children Safe

Ministry of Transportation

As students across the province prepare to head back to school, the Ontario government is reminding drivers to obey the rules of the road to keep children safe. 

It is up to drivers to watch for children, especially in school zones, and drive safely near school buses. Drivers should follow these tips:

  • Stop for a school bus when its overhead lights are flashing - never pass. Remain stopped until the lights stop flashing or the bus begins to move.
  • Leave space around school buses so children can safely board and exit the bus. Be prepared to stop for a school bus at any time, not just during school hours.
  • Slow down, drive with extra caution and watch for children in school zones.
  • Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and school crossings.

Parents can also do their part to keep children safe by reminding them to stay alert and watch for other vehicles when getting on or off the school bus. 

Quick Facts

  • More than 818,000 students travel in about 18,000 school vehicles every day in Ontario.
  • School buses are among the safest ways for children to travel. Research shows that riding the school bus is 16 times safer than travelling in a car
  • In 2008, the Ontario government made crossing arms on the front all school buses mandatory. Since 2010, new school buses require lights that illuminate the area around the entrance and exit doors of the bus
  • Drivers can be fined up to $2,000 and six demerit points for failing to stop for a school bus.

Additional Resources

Quotes

Glen R. Murray

“Keeping the people of Ontario safe on our roads is paramount and becomes especially important as kids head back to school. It is incumbent upon all road users to use caution around schools and school buses. As a new school year begins, make sure you know the rules of the road. Slow down and stay alert to help keep our kids safe.”

Glen R. Murray

Minister of Transportation, Minister of Infrastructure

“School bus safety is everybody’s business – from big cities to rural communities. Caring for kids and ensuring their well-being in and around school buses is of ultimate concern to the Ontario School Bus Association and its members. We encourage the public to visit OSBA and MTO websites for important safety reminders.”

Perry Ferguson

President, Ontario School Bus Association

Media Contacts

  • Bob Nichols

    Communications Branch

    416-327-1158

  • Andrea Ernesaks

    Minister’s Office

    Andrea.Ernesaks@ontario.ca

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