WHAT IS THE ONTARIO LAW GOVERNING WHEN TO STOP FOR A SCHOOL VEHICLE?

The Official Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Driver's Handbook identifies – You must stop whenever you approach a stopped school bus with its upper alternating red lights flashing, regardless of whether you are behind the bus or approaching it from the front.

  • When approaching the bus from the front, stop at a safe distance for children to get off the bus and cross the road in front of you.
  • If you are approaching from behind the bus, stop at least 20 metres away.
  • Do not go until the bus moves or the lights have stopped flashing.
  • These rules apply regardless of the posted speed limit and apply to highways, country roads, and city, town and village streets.

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