The proposed regulations will allow for more enforcement and prosecution by police by allowing evidence from school bus cameras to be used in court without the requirement of an additional witness.
“The safety of our most precious resource, our children, is our government’s number one priority,” Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek said in a news release. “We intend to create a regulatory framework that will allow more efficient enforcement and prosecution to keep our children safer.”
The province also plans to introduce legislation allowing municipalities to target drivers convicted of school bus safety violations with additional monetary penalties.
Rob Murphy, president of the Independent School Bus Operator Association, said they fully support the province’s plans.
“We have been looking forward to this announcement for some years. This announcement will help ensure children across our province will continue to be transported safely to and from school,” Murphy stated.
In Ontario, drivers guilty of passing a school bus with lights flashing and the stop arm extended face fines between $400 to $2,000 and six demerit points.
The Ministry of Transportation estimates 837,000 children use school buses every day in Ontario.