School buses make frequent stops as passengers enter and leave. Children getting on or off the bus may not be paying attention to the traffic around them. As a driver, it is your responsibility to pay close attention and keep children safe when you are near a school bus.
When a bus displays flashing overhead amber lights, it is about to stop to load or unload students. You must slow down and prepare to stop.
It is illegal to pass from either direction when the bus displays flashing red lights and the stop arm extends from the left side. You must stop at least five metres from the bus. You must remain stopped until the flashing overhead red lights are turned off and the stop arm is folded in.
You are not required to stop if travelling in the opposite direction on a divided roadway separated by a physical median or ditch. A double solid line is not considered a physical separation.
Illegally passing a school bus results in a large fine and moves you down the Driver Safety Rating scale. Be cautious around school buses, and always stop when a bus’ red lights are flashing.
You must stop your vehicle not less than five metres from the bus when approaching in either direction.