Ontario Announces Measures to Increase School Bus Safety

Stop Arm Cameras on School Buses


April 30, 2019

Simcoe County/Muskoka – 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.

“In everything our government does we put people first,” said MPP Jill Dunlop, Member of Provincial Parliament for Simcoe North. The Ministry of Transportation’s proposed new measures will help communities like across our region improve the safety of students on school buses and hold irresponsible drivers accountable.

MPP for Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte Doug Downey remarked that, “We know that for parents and caregivers, safety is always a top priority.  Our government is committed to putting the safety of our children first, and giving municipalities and school boards the tools they need to protect students around buses.”

The proposed regulations will allow for more efficient enforcement and prosecution by allowing evidence from these 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,” said Minister Yurek. We intend to create a regulatory framework that will allow for more efficient enforcement and prosecution to keep our children safer.

Reckless drivers blowing by school buses is a real safety concern for children in rural areas like ours,” said Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norman Miller.  “That’s why I’m pleased Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek has introduced legislation to allow for camera evidence from school buses to be used in court to catch the licence plate numbers of these dangerous drivers.”

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.

Quick Facts:

  • 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.