It appears as though some school bus drivers are going to extremes to keep motorists from interfering at drop off.
An image has been making the rounds on social media showing a bus stopped at angle across all lanes of traffic, stopping vehicles from blowing past the bus’ flashing lights.
Many voiced support through the social media post above, and while it may prove effective, it does break the law. John Barbato, President of the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium says bus drivers are bound by the same laws as everyone else. “It’s not a practice used in Simcoe County, it actually would be contradicting the Highway Traffic Act that requires us to remain in our lane.”
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Not only is it illegal to stop like that, Barbato points out that’s not how buses are designed. “The marking on school buses are arranged in such a fashion that they are designed to be used forward facing, so any change in that forward facing stop would reduce the effectiveness of the lights and the stop arm to control traffic.”
He does point out that passing a school bus while its lights are flashing is also illegal. It’s important that motorists stop, following the traffic act, for buses with their red lights activated. Student safety is paramount and that’s why there’s such hefty fines for motorists that pass through stopped school buses.