Ministry of Transportation / Ministère des Transports
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II. Loading and unloading passengers
Rules for passengers

As the driver, you must ensure that your passengers observe the following rules:

  • Upon entering the bus, passengers should go directly to their seats and sit down. All passengers should be seated before you move the bus again.
  • Passengers should not enter or leave the bus while it is moving.
  • Passengers should not obstruct the vision of the driver to the front, sides or rear.
  • Passengers should stay seated until the bus has come to a full stop.
  • Passengers leaving the vehicle should cross only in front of the bus and approximately three metres (10 ft.) from the front of the bus, using the safety crossing arm as a guide.
  • When more than one student leaves the bus, students should form a group in the front of the bus and on the right shoulder or curb of the road; the group should then look for the driver’s signal indicating it is safe to cross.
  • Passengers who remain on the right side of the stopped bus should form a group and stay together, away from the front right corner of the bus, until the bus moves away.
  • Passengers should look both ways before stepping into the roadway, and continue to watch for traffic as they cross.
  • Passengers should always cross the roadway at a right angle to the bus, never diagonally.
  • Passengers should walk, never run, when crossing the roadway.

Note: Before driving off, you should check the convex cross-over mirrors to ensure that no passengers are crossing in front of the school bus.