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It is illegal to cover the signs on a school bus

from OMCA

It came to our attention last week that at least one DriveTest Centre in Ontario was requiring applicants who brought a School Bus for a Class C road test to cover the words "School Bus" on the front and rear of the bus, and the "Do Not Pass When Signals Flashing" on the back of the bus. While covering the front and rear signs means the bus is no longer a "School Bus" by definition, doing so creates other violations for which the driver or the operator could be charged:

1. Charges could be laid under HTA 175(4) as only a "School Bus" can be equipped with a stop arm.
2. Charges could be laid under HTA 175(3.1) for operating a chrome yellow bus that is not a "School Bus"
3. Charges could be laid under HTA 62(15) for operating a vehicle other than a "School Bus" or an emergency vehicle equipped with lamps capable of showing a red light to the front.

To legally operate the bus with the signs covered, the operator must paint the entire bus another colour, remove the stop arm device and disconnect the overhead red warning lamps. DriveTest has been reminded by MTO that if a Class C road test is to be conducted using a School Bus, the signage cannot be altered and that during the road test the driver must stop at all railway crossings (protected and unprotected). more

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