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The Ontario School Bus Association (OSBA) is a non-profit association providing advocacy, education and legislative consultation services to the owners of school bus fleets, school boards/transportation consortia and supplier/manufacturer companies across Ontario.  
May 11, 2016 - Issue 10

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Inside this Edition:
  1. Proposal to Move Traffic Ticket System Online or Out of Courts Scrapped By Province
  2. P.R.I.D.E. Recertification Program - June 22nd - Almost Sold Out!
  3. Max Fine Boosted to $1,200 For Passing School Buses, Speeding in School and Construction Zones
  4. Uber Could Be Alternative to Discontinued Bus Service, CSDM Commissioner Suggests
  5. Order Your OSBA Publications Now!
  6. Upcoming 2016 Events
Proposal to Move Traffic Ticket System Online or Out of Courts Scrapped By Province

Article By: iNews880 (Ontario)
Article Date: May 1, 2016


A controversial proposal from the provincial government to have people pay traffic tickets online or have them disputed outside of court has been axed.

Last year, the Liberal government proposed dealing with Provincial Offences Act matters, like traffic tickets and minor bylaw tickets, through a civil system instead of in criminal courts.

Under the civil system, known as administrative monetary penalties, a speeding driver is assessed a financial penalty without a court hearing. If the driver wished to dispute the matter, it would be taken to a hearing officer.

The plan garnered both support and opposition. Supporters said the proposal would save court time and costs, while opponents charged it would take away people’s right to their day in court.

A paper released last year by the provincial government broadly outlined the proposal, but with a major caveat: that details, like how the system would operate, were “beyond the scope” of the consultation.

The province saw responses to the proposal submitted by dozens of municipalities and legal groups. Several said the government failed to provide nearly enough information for them to offer proper commentary.
P.R.I.D.E. Recertification Program - June 22nd - Almost Sold Out!

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Max Fine Boosted to $1,200 For Passing School Buses, Speeding in School and Construction Zones

Article By: CBC News (Newfoundland & Labrador)
Article Date: May 10, 2016


The Newfoundland and Labrador government announced Tuesday (May 10th) the Highway Traffic Act will be amended to bring in higher fines for drivers who pass school buses stopped with red lights flashing.

In addition, there will be enhanced enforcement for vehicles illegally passing school buses, as well as speeding in school and construction zones.

"These amendments will strengthen enforcement of speed limits in school and construction zones, and better protect children getting on and off school buses," said Service NL Minister Eddie Joyce in a statement.

With the amendments, a charge can now be brought against the registered owner of a vehicle caught breaking the laws — even if the driver can't be positively identified.

A fine for passing a school bus stopped with its red lights flashing will increase from a range of $100 to $400 to a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $1,200.

Registered owners will have two separate defences, if they can prove the vehicle was driven without their consent or the owner was the registered owner at the time of the incident, but not "entitled to possession of the vehicle," like a car rental company.

Demerit points will not be applied in these cases.

The amendments will take effect 60 days following its passing in the House of Assembly.

The province said this is a practice used in other jurisdictions across Canada.
Uber Could Be Alternative to Discontinued Bus Service, CSDM Commissioner Suggests

Article By: CBC News (Montreal)
Article Date: May 6, 2016


Some parents fighting to save school bus service are outraged after a commissioner from Montreal's largest French school board suggested they use Uber as an alternative to get their kids to school.

Commissioner Stéphanie Bellenger-Heng made the suggestion at a meeting Wednesday (May 4th) night with parents who are upset about school bus service being cut to three specialized Commission Scolaire de Montreal schools in Montreal.

Anne Bhéreur has two children who attend one of the affected schools, the Atelier alternative school in Ahuntsic.  

She was at the meeting Wednesday (May 4th).

Bhéreur told CBC News that commissioners at the meeting said that due to a budget crunch there was no way bus service could be restored.
Bhéreur said Bellenger-Heng started listing alternatives for parents.

"She said parents could have Uber for instance," Bhéreur recalled.

"Yes, it was just a suggestion, but it struck us that it was a bit crazy."

School bus service cut

The CSDM announced earlier this year that it was cutting bus service to three schools: Atelier, an elementary school that helps students with certain learning disabilities, FACE, a specialized art school and Fernand-Seguin school for gifted and talented students.

Starting in September, parents will have to find other ways for their kids to get to school.

A group of parents has been lobbying the CSDM ever since to come up with another solution.  

A small group of parents met with some school commissioners Wednesday night.

'Totally shocked'

Parent Jocelyn Desjardins was also at the meeting. He has two children who attend L'atelier. Desjardins is also a union activist who has been helping Montreal's taxi association in its fight against Uber.

Desjardins said he couldn't believe what he was hearing when Uber came up as a possible alternative for getting kids to school.

"I was totally shocked. For me it is amazing. Not only they are disengaging, but as well they're showing their lack of judgement," Desjardins said.

Misunderstanding

In an email to CBC, Bellenger-Heng said it was all a misunderstanding.  She said she was simply listing off some alternative transport suggestions made by a parent at another meeting in December.

Bellenger-Heng said in fact personally she is anti-Uber.

But she said she's enthusiastic about alternative transport proposals, including shared taxis for students, or parent volunteers accompanying groups of students on public transit
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