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.