WHAT MAKES SCHOOL VEHICLES SAFE?

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) regulations require school vehicles to be driven by specially trained, licensed drivers. All school vehicles must meet safety standards established by the MTO:

• School vehicles are built with a compartmentalization design. With high backs that are made from impact-absorbing material on the front and back, the seats are designed to minimize injury, should a collision occur. Seats have a strong anchorage and are spaced closely together, creating compartments which disperse the impact of a collision throughout the entire body, as opposed to only the head and neck.

• The size and bright yellow colour make school vehicles very visible.

• The floor is raised, the windows are shatter-proof, and there are strengthened reinforcements along the sides of the bus, all designed to protect passengers from impact.

• The flashing lights and stop arm warn motorists that they must stop for a stopped school vehicle.

 

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