This Explanatory Note was written as a reader’s aid to Bill 246 and does not form part of the law. Bill 246 has been enacted as Chapter 13 of the Statutes of Ontario, 2021.
The Highway Traffic Act is amended to require school buses manufactured on or after January 1, 2005 to be equipped with four overhead amber signal-lights and four overhead red signal-lights. Consequential amendments are made to subsections 175 (1), (3.1) and (4) with respect to the signs that must be displayed on school buses and to subsections 175 (6), (8) and (9) with respect to the operation of signal-lights on school buses. The amendments come into force on July 1, 2022.
An Act to amend the Highway Traffic Act
Assented to May 12, 2021
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:
“school bus” means a bus that,
(a) is painted chrome yellow,
(b) displays on the front and rear thereof the words “school bus”, and
(c) displays on the rear thereof the words “do not pass when signals flashing” or “do not pass when red lights flashing”. (“autobus scolaire”)
(3.1) If all or part of a bus operated under the authority of a permit issued under subsection 7 (7) is painted chrome yellow, the bus shall display,
(a) on its front and rear the words “school bus”; and
(b) on its rear,
(i) the words “do not pass when signals flashing”, if the school bus was manufactured before January 1, 2005, or
(ii) the words “do not pass when red lights flashing” if the school bus was manufactured on or after January 1, 2005.
School bus signs
(4) No motor vehicle on a highway, other than a school bus, shall,
(a) have the words “school bus”, “do not pass when signals flashing” or “do not pass when red lights flashing” displayed on the motor vehicle; or
(b) be equipped with a school bus stop arm.
(4.1) Every school bus registered in Ontario that is manufactured on or after January 1, 2005 shall be equipped with four overhead red signal-lights and four overhead amber signal-lights mounted outside of the bus at or near the roof line in the following configuration:
1. One red signal-light and one amber signal-light on each side of the bus at the front.
2. One red signal-light and one amber signal-light on each side of the bus at the rear.
(c.1) governing the use of equipment on or in vehicles referred to in clause (a), including requiring the use of any equipment and prescribing the standards and specifications of the equipment;