Provincial Highway Traffic Act Section 142.1

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Dear Editor,

Drivers Reminded Again Of Yield -To Bus Rules: Re: Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA) Section 142.1 (January 2. 2004)

Six ( 6 ) year old LAW Sees Diminished Compliance.

It's now been 6 years since the Ontario Government first intoduced "Yield to Bus" legislation requiring ALL motorists to "Yield to Bus " as they re-enter traffic. From time to time its important to remind drivers to "Heed The Law" and for drivers to understand the importance of letting a bus back into traffic, after it has dropped off or picked up passengers. When the bus signals its intention to leave a bus stop by activating the left turn signal, all drivers approaching from the rear in the lane adjacent to the bus stop, are required BY LAW, to slow down or even STOP, and allow the bus to re-enter traffic, unless it is unsafe to do so. It is very concerning when a car goes around a Urban Transit Bus, only to find a pedestrian is making his/her way across the street, or when a vehicle veers into the on-coming traffic to negotiate their way around a bus! It is always safer to simply “Yield To The Bus” (obey the sign on the back of the bus) Fines for failing to: “Yield To The Bus” trying to re-enter traffic, ranges from $85- $150 (2004) Fines may have increased. Make it a safe day for everyone!

Derek Sheppard Cornwall

Organizations: Dear Editor, Ontario Government

Geographic location: Ontario

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