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2016.18 Increased Penalty for Failing to Stop for a School BusFebruary 29, 2016

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2016.18 Increased Penalty for Failing to Stop for a School Bus

Submitted by: Kootenay Lake DPAC, SD#8

Be it resolved that

BCCPAC advocate for the Motor Vehicle Act to be amended to increase the penalty for failing to stop for a stopped school bus which is signalling that it is receiving or discharging school children, to 6 demerit points and a $368 fine.

Proposer’s Position Statement Supporting the Resolution:

Adequate penalties should be put in place to remind the motoring public that driving through the flashing red lights of a school bus is both dangerous and illegal. Drivers in British Columbia do not take this matter seriously and it is just a matter of time before another child is injured or killed due to failure of a driver to stop for a school bus that is receiving or discharging school children.

“From September to June, parents in rural areas send their children off to school on the big yellow school bus, trusting that their child will get to class and back home safely each day. They are counting on motorists to do the right thing (the law-abiding thing) by coming to a complete stop when approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing.

Sadly, not everyone does stop when the school bus lights are flashing and kids could be on the road. And every time someone doesn’t stop for the bus, a child’s life is at risk.”


Between April 15th and June 25th, 2015, the Transportation Department of School District No. 60 recorded every instance of motorists driving through the flashing red lights of the district’s school buses and recorded more than one infraction per day during this time period.

The fine for “Fail to stop for a school bus” in BC is only $167 and 3 points. This is not an adequate deterrent. Increasing the fine to $368.00 and 6 demerit points would reflect the severity of the infraction. To put this in perspective:

Motor Vehicle Act Section






Disobey construction signs




Disobey flagman



144 (1)(a)

Drive without due care



144 (1)(b)

Drive without consideration



147 (1)

Speed in a school zone



147 (2)

Speed in a playground zone



151.1 (3)

Improper use of leftmost lane




In Alberta, the fine for failure to stop for a school bus is $400 and Ontario’s fines range between $400 and $2,000 depending on previous driver infractions.

An almost identical motion was carried by the BCSTA Provincial Council in October 2015. Since then the BCSTA has written advocacy letters to the Minister of Transportation and ICBC. It is hoped that with broad based advocacy, this change can occur very soon.


Superintendent of Motor Vehicles (Ministry of Justice and Attorney General)
BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Legislative Assembly of BC

Interested Parties:

BC School Trustees’ Association
BC School Boards
BC Ministry of Education
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