New Measures to Improve School Bus SafetyPublished on April 27, 2019
Ontario’s government for the people has announced new measures to give municipalities the tools they need to target drivers who threaten the safety of children crossing roads to get to and from their school bus
MISSISSAUGA — Proposed new regulations will allow for more efficient enforcement and prosecution, by allowing evidence from stop arm cameras on school buses to be used in court without the requirement of an additional witness.
“In everything our government does, we always put the people first,” said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. “The Ministry of Transportation’s proposed new measures will help improve the safety of students on school buses in Mississauga, and across Ontario. They will help us to hold irresponsible drivers accountable.”
“The safety of our most precious resource, our children, is our government’s number one priority,” said Minister Yurek. “We intend to create a regulatory framework that will allow for more efficient enforcement and prosecution to keep our children safer. Ontario also plans to introduce legislation that, if passed, would allow municipalities to target drivers who threaten the safety of children on school buses with new, additional monetary penalties.”
- Each school day, more than 837,000 students travel in a school vehicle in Ontario.
- Injuries and fatalities, which are very rare, happen more often outside the school bus, as students are boarding and leaving the bus, or crossing the street.
Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP