WATCH: Beware if you’re passing a school bus! Effective immediately, B.C. doubles school bus fines in an effort to keep kids safe
The B.C. Government has raised the fine for passing a school bus with it’s flashing red lights on to $368 for a first-time offence.
The hike is the second increase in as many weeks aimed at keeping our roads safe. Last week, the province raised the distracted driving minimum fine to $368.
The school bus fine will result in an automatic license review and penalty point premiums for anyone who gets two fines in a one-year period.
The larger fine was instituted as a means to reduce violations and discourage drivers from ignoring the flashing lights.
“It is important that all motorists understand that passing a school bus with flashing lights is dangerous and puts children’s lives at risk,” said transportation minister Todd Stone.
Stone added that he’s instructed ICBC to change their learner’s test to better incorporate questions about school buses.
Between 2009 and 2014, there were 1,100 violations and 14 children injured.
“Ensuring the safety of children as they get on and off the school bus is part of our effort to make B.C. roads the safest in North America,” public safety minister Mike Morris said.
Across the province, bus drivers have recorded incidents of children nearly being hit by motorists.
“Everyday, in every district there is at least one violation,” said Cindy Dettling, a bus driver in the Peace River North school district.
The province and authorities will look at putting new technology inside buses and equip them with cameras to record incidents.
School bus fine breakdown