School bus safety
Stop for school buses – It’s the law
Did you know? Most school bus injuries happen as children are boarding or leaving the bus or crossing the street.
The Region of Peel, along with Peel Regional Police and Ontario Provincial Police, is committed to keeping our children and community safe. Please practice safe driving.
- Always stop for a school bus when the upper red lights are flashing regardless of whether you are behind the bus or approaching it from the front.
- Drivers must come to a complete stop in both directions when there is no median on the road. A median is a permanent divide that separates each direction of traffic. Medians may be raised, depressed or ﬂush with the road surface.
- A flashing stop arm will swing out while children are boarding or leaving the bus.
- When approaching the front of the bus from the opposite direction, stop at a safe distance for children to cross the road in front of you.
- Stop at least 20 metres away when you are behind the bus.
- Don't start moving until the red lights have stopped flashing, the STOP arm folds away and the bus begins to move.
You must obey the school bus law on any road, no matter how many lanes or what the speed limit. Be prepared to stop for a school bus at any time, not just within school hours.
Drivers who don't follow the provincial bus safety laws will be fined. First offence penalties can be up to $2000 and six demerit points.