The Ontario School Bus Association (OSBA) is a non-profit association providing advocacy and education services for the owners of school bus fleets across Ontario.  December 3, 2013 - Issue 22

4th Quarter Driver Licence Status Check Detects Hundreds of Downgraded and Invalid Licences - and Drivers with "Code W" Medical Condition

Last Friday, OMCA conducted the 4th licence status check of the year.  The licence status for 47,107 drivers was checked against the MTO driver database and a report was provided to each subscriber identifying drivers with a licence discrepancy. Subscribers could then contact drivers whose licences have been downgraded or suspended to preempt any possibility of a driver getting involved in an accident or incident while holding an improper or suspended licence. The status check report also flagged any driver having a "Code W" medical condition that prohibits them from driving a bus or truck in the USA. The next Quarterly Status Check will be February, 2014. OSBA members are eligible to subscribe to this OMCA service. For further information on how to sign up, contact 

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Ontario Transportation Expo (OTE)
Apr. 13-16, 2014

2nd OSBA Educational Webinar with Dave Carroll

Join us for a webinar on December 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM EST.


Important Legislative and Regulatory Information for School Bus Operators and School Boards/Transportation Consortia.

Webinar Contents:
1. When to use/not use the red overhead lights - things school bus drivers may forget or may not know.
2. The 8 lamp (amber-red) warning light system versus the 4 lamp (all red) warning light system and Ontario's eventual changeover to the eight-lamp system.
3. Fire extinguishers on school buses (CSA D250 and HTA requirements).
4. "Code W" Brand on driver licences - what bus operators need to know.

Why Attend?
-  Receive important, operational data not previously published.
-  Consider significant, day-to-day performance information for school bus operations that could change the way you do business.
-  Get answers to questions not readily/quickly available elsewhere.
-  Just 45 minutes of time is all that's needed to remain up-to-date on several important student transportation issues.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Does Ontario Need Tougher Penalties?

As of December 1, 2013 in Charlotte, NC, there will be tougher penalties for drivers who illegally pass school buses.  Included is a minimum fine of $500 for drivers who pass a stopped bus.  Under certain circumstances, drivers will lose their licences. Some think only time will tell if stronger penalties will deter drivers from passing buses.

In Ontario, first offenders that do not stop for a school bus receive a fine of $400 to $2000 and six demerit points.  Each subsequent offence is $1000 to $4000, six demerit points and possible jail time up to six months.  With stronger penalties than Charlotte, Ontario motorists still forget or are distracted too frequently, putting children's lives at risk.

We encourage all OSBA members to help advocate school bus safety information that is important for riders, parents, motorists just as much as it is for school bus drivers.



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