Safety of School Buses
The Ontario School Bus Association believes that safety and personal security of the over 800,000 children who are in our care daily are the first priorities of student transportation. According to Transport Canada, the yellow and black school bus is the safest mode of transportation for school children - in terms of construction, driver standards, training, and passenger safety.
Transport Canada research shows, on a per passenger, per kilometre basis, the occupants of school buses are less likely to be injured in road collisions than the occupants of any other vehicles.
School buses must meet stringent standards for structural integrity, crash protection, fire retardancy, and emergency equipment.
School bus drivers receive hours of specialized training, including written exams and road tests. They must complete certified driver improvement courses, and take periodic re-examinations. Driving records and criminal records are screened, and regular medical exams are required.
While traveling by school bus, children are supervised by the driver, who knows them well. Seats are provided for all passengers.
School bus routes are planned around the location of children's homes and schools. Drivers are responsible for making sure each student is picked up and dropped off only at designated locations.