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The Ontario School Bus Association (OSBA) is a non-profit association providing advocacy and education services for the owners of school bus fleets, school boards/transportation consortia and supplier/manufacturer companies across Ontario.  
June 10, 2015 - Issue 12

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Inside this Edition:
  1. New OSBA Log Books For Sale!
  2. How Do I Know Which Version of the CSA D250 Standard Applies to My School Bus?
  3. "Driver Licence Status Check" Continues to Help Bus Companies Protect Themselves Against Downgraded and Invalid Licences
  4. Ontario Passes New Legislation to Improve Road Safety
  5. MTO Resources Available on "Driving Through Roundabouts"
  6. Upcoming Events
New OSBA Log Books For Sale!

OSBA Log Books (Daily Inspection Reports) are now available for order and immediate shipping from OSBA at $1.75 per book for members and $5.75 for non-members.  The new logbook incorporates amendments to Reg 199/07 that went into effect January 1, 2015 affecting Schedule 5 and 6.  The current version of this book can no longer be legally used as of December 31, 2015.  Changes have been made to the three schedules that affect buses, school purposes buses, and school purposes vehicles.  Most notable and significant to school bus operators is the change to the defect criteria pertaining to stop arms, stop arm lamps, and overhead alternating warning lights.   Details below:

Schedule 2 – Bus (other than a School Purpose Bus)

Parking Brake
  • The schedule has been amended so that an inoperative park brake is now a “major defect” (previously it was a “minor defect”)
Air Suspension – Air Bag Defect
  • The schedule has been amended to clarify when a damaged air bag is deemed a “major defect”.  The air bag is now deemed to have a “major defect” when it is patched, cut, bruised, cracked to braid, deflated or insecurely mounted
Tire Air Leak
  • The schedule has been amended so that a tire leak is now a “minor defect” when air leak cannot be heard, and a “major defect” when the air leak can be heard or felt
Schedule 5  - School Purpose Bus

School Bus Warning Lights and Stop Arm Defects
  • A stop arm or stop arm red light defect is now a “major defect” only when the bus is on a trip where the stop arm is required. Previously, it was a major defect at any time so the school bus couldn’t be driven even without passengers
  • An overhead alternating red warning light defect is now a “major defect” only when the bus is on a trip where the warning lights are required.  Previously, it was a major defect at any time so the school bus couldn’t be driven even without passengers
Air Suspension – Air Bag Defect
  • The schedule has been amended to clarify when a damaged air bag is deemed a “major defect”.  The air bag is now deemed to have a “major defect” when it is patched, cut, bruised, cracked to braid, deflated or insecurely mounted
Tire Air Leak
  • The schedule has been amended so that a tire leak is now a “minor defect” when air leak cannot be heard, and a “major defect” when the air leak can be heard or felt
Schedule 6 – School Purpose Vehicle (Van)

Air Suspension – Air Bag Defect
  • The schedule has been amended to clarify when a damaged air bag is deemed a “major defect”. The air bag is now deemed to have a “major defect” when it is patched, cut, bruised, cracked to braid, deflated or insecurely mounted
Tire Air Leak
  • The schedule has been amended so that a tire leak is now a “minor defect” when air leak cannot be heard, and a “major defect” when the air leak can be heard or felt
How Do I Know Which Version of the CSA D250 Standard Applies to My School Bus?

School Buses sold in Ontario must be manufactured to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) D250 Standard. The Standard is updated every four to five years.  The Ontario Highway Traffic Act, Regulation 612, adopts the CSA D250 Standard and requires the operator of any school bus manufactured on or after June 1, 2000 to continue to maintain the bus to the applicable Standard (i.e. the version of the Standard to which the bus was originally manufactured) on an on-going basis. So for example, if body work has interfered with the retro-reflective striping, new reflective striping must be applied that meets the specs in the Standard in effect for that year of bus. But with the Standard changing every four to five years, how is an operator to know what Standard applies to their buses? We have the answer for you.
  • For school buses manufactured on or after June 1, 2000 and before January 1, 2005 –CSA  D250-98 or CSA D250-03
  • For school buses manufactured on or after January 1, 2005 and before November 1, 2010, either CSA D250-03 or CSA D250-07
  • For school buses manufactured on or after November 1, 2010 and before June 1, 2013, either CSA D250-07 or CSA D250-12
  • For school buses manufactured on or after June 1, 2013 – CSA D250-12
CSA 250-12 is the current and most recent standard.

Where to Obtain CSA D250 Standards and a Word about Copyright
We’re often asked by OSBA members if we can send them a copy of the applicable D250 Standard. We aren’t able to do that because the CSA standards can only be purchased from CSA as they are protected by copyright. We would be in violation of the Canadian Copyright Act if we provided copies without the prior written permission of the copyright owner. CSA monitors use of their standards and can take legal action for copyright violations.

To obtain a copy of the D250-12 Standard, go to:
 http://shop.csa.ca/en/canada/transportation/d250-12/invt/27017982012 The cost is $136.00 plus tax. It is available in both English and French

For earlier versions of the D250 standards (D250-98, D250-03 and D250-07) call CSA at 416-747-4329 and ask for Ms. Sikorski. She will take your information and send a pdf version by e-mail. The price is $75 for D250-98 or D250-03, and $130 for D250-07. Note that the purchaser’s (company) name will appear at the bottom of every page as the single end user to deter copyright violations. 
"Driver Licence Status Check" Continues to Help Bus Companies Protect Themselves Against Downgraded and Invalid Licences

The second quarterly licence status check for year 2015 was done recently (Monday May 25th). The driver licence status for 49,428 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.  As with past status checks many subscribers were surprised by their results, thankful that our system caught these problems before anything happened.  One school bus company subscriber  sent an e-mail saying, “I don’t know what we would do without the quarterly check!!  The status check report also flags drivers with a “Code W” medical condition that prohibits them from driving a bus or truck in the USA. The next quarterly Status Check will be Tuesday August 25th . To subscribe to this service, go to: www.omca.com
Ontario Passes New Legislation to Improve Road Safety

On Tuesday, June 2, 2015 the Ontario Legislature passed the Making Ontario's Roads Safer Act to amend the Highway Traffic Act.  The highlights are as follows: 
  • Clarifying that “School Buses” are the only buses that can be painted chrome yellow in whole or in part.
  • Increased fines for distracted driving from the current range of $60 to $500 to a range of $300 to $1,000, assigning three demerit points upon conviction, and escalating sanctions on convictions for novice drivers. (This is in response to current collision trends which indicate fatalities from distracted driving may exceed those from drinking and driving by 2016).
  • Requirement for drivers to wait until pedestrians have completely crossed the road before proceeding at school crossings and pedestrian crossovers.
  • Application of current alcohol-impaired sanctions to drivers who are drug impaired.
  • Introduction of additional measures to address repeat offenders of alcohol impaired driving.
  • Increased fines and demerits for drivers who 'door' cyclists, and require all drivers to maintain a minimum distance of one-metre when passing cyclists where possible.
  • Helping municipalities collect unpaid fines by expanding licence plate denial for drivers who don’t pay certain Provincial Offences Act fines.
  • Allowing a broader range of qualified medical professionals to identify and report medically unfit drivers and, clarify the types of medical conditions to be reported.
  • Expanding the current 'Slow Down, Move Over' requirement for motorists beyond only emergency vehicles with red or red and blue flashing lights to include tow trucks that are stopped at roadside incidents while their amber flashing lights are activated.
  • Allowing the Motor Vehicle Inspection Station (MVIS) program to move to a contractual model and enable the procurement of a third-party contract administrator.
MTO Resources Available on "Driving Through Roundabouts"

Roundabouts are becoming more popular across Ontario and drivers can expect to encounter them more in the future. The idea behind them is to allow traffic to keep moving where two or more roads intersect, instead of having stop signs or signal lights. Large commercial vehicles may need to use more than one lane when entering and exiting the roundabout. Within the roundabout, large vehicles may also need to use more than one lane and/or the “apron” (an area between the circular roadway and the centre island) over which the rear wheels of these vehicles can safely track. To educate new drivers on how to drive through roundabouts, MTO has included information in the Official Driver’s Handbook:
The MTO has also developed pamphlets and training material on roundabouts which is available on the Ministry’s website at: www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/engineering/roundabout
Upcoming Events

 
P.R.I.D.E. Program
July 12-17, 2015 - CANCELLED
(Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Jul.10-26)


P.R.I.D.E. Program
Aug. 9-14, 2015 - CANCELLED
(Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Aug. 7-15)

P.R.I.D.E. Program
Oct. 18-23, 2015

OSBA Webinar
Oct. 21, 2015

OSBA Webinar
Dec. 2, 2015
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