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National School Bus Safety Week

October 17-21, 2022 is National School Bus Safety Week. Held each year during the third full week of October, National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program, and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators and other interested parties to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety.

Each day, 20,000 school buses transport over 833,000 Ontario students to school. While school buses are one of the safest ways to get to school, it’s important for motorists, parents, caregivers and students to know how to keep children safe when they are on and around school buses.

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School buses adopt eight lamp amber-red warning system

New safety upgrades for Ontario school buses have come into effect. As of July 1, 2022, all school buses manufactured on or after January 1, 2005 have been equipped with four overhead amber signal lights and four overhead red signal lights.

This eight lamp amber-red warning system uses two stages of flashing overhead signal lights to signal that a school bus is slowing (amber lights) and stopping (red lights). The amber and red lights will make it easier for drivers and other road users to know when school buses are slowing and stopping.

School buses are also required to display revised signage on their back door reading, “do not pass when red lights flashing.”

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National School Bus Safety Week