Fines for drivers passing school buses with flashing lights in British Columbia are more than doubling to $368, announced Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Todd Stone.
This follows a review of the penalties conducted in March 2016 that found the previous fine of $167 was one of the lowest in Canada and not enough to deter drivers. This increase in fine amount is designed to discourage drivers from ignoring flashing school bus lights. Drivers will continue to receive three penalty points on top of the increased fine.
In British Columbia, between 2009 and 2014, 1,100 violation tickets were issued by police for drivers that failed to stop for a school bus. To date, no child has died while getting on or off a school bus; but 14 children were injured.
- There are approximately 2,790 school buses licenced in B.C. transporting thousands of school children every school day.
- From 2009 to 2014, police issued 1,100 tickets to drivers who passed a stopped school bus.
- From 2009 to 2014, 14 children were injured getting on or off a school bus.
School Bus penalties and escalating costs
The following chart shows how the new total for passing a school bus with flashing lights is calculated by combining ticket costs with penalty point premiums, assuming each offence occurs within a 12-month period.