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School busses and the Highway Safety Code
Article 460 of the Highway Safety Code dictates the following regarding mandatory stops:
“The driver of a road vehicle or a cyclist approaching a bus or minibus used for the transport of schoolchildren whose flashing red lights are on or when his compulsory stop signal is used must stop his vehicle more than 5 meters from the bus or minibus and may only pass or overtake it when the flashing red lights are off and the mandatory stop signal has been retracted, and only after ensuring that it can do it safely.
The first paragraph does not apply to a driver of a road vehicle and a cyclist when they meet a bus or minibus used for the transport of schoolchildren on an adjacent roadway separated by a median strip or another physical device.”
Failure to stop for a school bus penalties
A driver who does not respect the mandatory stop is liable to a fine of $80 to $100, for a cyclist, and of $200 to $300 plus nine demerit points, for a motorist.
Failing to stop at a school bus cases in Montreal
The school bus was slowing down with flashing amber lights
In this case, the accused was travelling in the left lane and the bus was travelling in the right lane. The bus slows down with the flashing amber lights, to stop and activate the flashing red lights. The accused, then at a distance of 10 to 20 feet from the bus, still overtook the bus, even though she said she noticed the yellow lights. The court did not accept the defendant’s testimony, relying on the fact that she was too distracted and that she could not claim to know if the flashing lights were yellow when she passed the bus.
The bus stopped with flashing red lights while boarding school children
In this judgment, the accused failed to stop more than 5 meters from the bus with flashing red lights while boarding schoolchildren. In addition, a little girl was walking towards the bus to board only a few meters from it. The accused claimed that the bus driver waved her through, which was proven to be false. The bus driver was instead making signs that the defendant had to stop since there was a schoolgirl who was walking towards the bus to board it. Indeed, the bus driver had also turned on their flashing red lights as well as their stop signal. The accused was found guilty.
The motorist or cyclist is within 5 meters of the bus when the flashing red lights are activated or the stop signal is displayed
The accused, in this case, was following four buses that came to rest on the side of a street in front of a school. The accused claimed that she started to pass the last bus, believing that no stop signal was deployed and the flashing red lights were not on. She then slowed down and drove off, passing the three other buses in front of her. In the analysis of this judgement, it was shown that all the buses had their stop signal deployed and their flashing red lights on. Motorists must stop, even if they are less than 5 meters from the bus. She was found guilty.
What can MTL Ticket do for you?
Accused of not stopping when you were supposed to? Our team of traffic lawyers specializes in the Highway Safety Code and can help you contest your ticket. You only have 30 days to challenge your ticket after receiving it, so it’s important to reach out to us immediately.
Upon reviewing the evidence against you, if there’s a viable defence, we’ll assist you in contesting the ticket to save you from fines and demerit points. Even when no defence is available, we can negotiate on your behalf to secure the best possible resolution given the circumstances. We’re here to support you.