Did you know that on average, 800,000 students in Ontario take the bus to get to school? Not only do children as young as five rely on the school bus system to get to class every day, but school buses are also used for children to get to activities and for field trips.
In Ontario, cars travelling on any highway, country road, or city street must stop for a school bus when its stop sign is extended and its lights are flashing. This rule applies to traffic going in both directions, and only after the bus’s stop sign is retracted, the flashing lights have stopped, and the bus is moving again can drivers continue on their way. In only one situation does this rule not apply: when buses are travelling on highways that are separated by a median.
By obeying these laws, students travelling by bus are much safer, and drivers can avoid being fined and experiencing increases in their car insurance rates. Drivers in Ontario face fines of up to $2,000 if they do not follow these laws for a first offense, and the fine increases to $4,000 for any recurring offenses. Additionally, drivers who disregard these laws can lose up to six demerit points.
This year, keep kids safe, avoid unnecessary fines, and protect your car insurance rates by following the laws in Ontario for school buses. If you would like to know more about keeping your car insurance rates low, contact us at Noble Insurance today.