School bus safety resource

Improving School Bus Safety

  • In Ontario, more than 800,000 students travel in about 16,000 school vehicles every school day.
  • School vehicle injuries represent less than 2 per cent of total road injuries to young people age 19 and under. This represents 1.6 per cent of total road injuries to young people travelling in all vehicles during the school year.
  • School bus drivers are less likely to be at fault in a collision than all other drivers.

Injuries/fatalities involving students travelling in school vehicles

School Years

Injuries

Fatalities

2007/08 to 2011/12

520

1

  • Compared to occupants of school vehicles, occupants of cars and trucks are:
    • 42 times more likely to be in a fatal collision
    • 45 times more likely to be in an injury collision
    • 25.7 times more likely to be in a collision of any kind.
  • School buses involved in collisions are less likely to have a vehicle defect than all other vehicles combined. (based on Ontario motor vehicle collision reports)
  • Mechanical condition is a factor in less than 1% of all commercial vehicle collisions including school vehicles. (based on Ontario motor vehicle collision reports)

Keeping School Transportation Safe

The Ministry of Transportation is committed to continuously improving the safety of school vehicles and their drivers. This includes:

  • Working in partnership with the Ministry of Education, School Boards and transportation companies to improve information sharing.
  • Reviewing the auditing and oversight regime for all driver training related programs, including the School Bus Driver Improvement Program.
  • Creating an intervention protocol specific to school bus operators based on operator safety performance.
  • Enhancing the Motor Vehicle Inspection Station (MVIS) program to more effectively track annual and semi-annual inspections.
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