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MTO and police expected to step up enforcement against decommissioned school buses that have not been painted another colour

from OMCA

On June 2, an amendment to the HTA closed a long-standing loophole that prevented enforcement of the law that says no bus other than a school bus can be chrome yellow in colour. This law has been on the books for several decades, however, MTO and police did not enforce it, because all a defendant had to do was tell the court that they carried at least one person under 18 years of age on the bus once a year. With the amendment now in place, expect to see police and MTO officers confronting operators of decommissioned school buses (i.e. the signs, warning lights and stop arm are removed) that are still showing any chrome yellow paint. Those operators will have to paint the bus (in whole) another colour. A conviction carries 2 or 3 CVOR points, depending on which section of the Act the charge is laid under. In the case of the sale of a decommissioned school bus, the seller does not have to paint the bus prior to transfer of ownership — the onus is on the new operator to comply with the Act. more


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