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   or restrict their use. All drivers must
   activate the alternately flashing
   lights when loading and unloading
   passengers, except when operating
   on a roadway where a bylaw
   prohibits their use.
• Drivers of vehicles must stop when
   approaching a stopped school bus
   displaying alternately flashing red lights
   from either direction on an undivided
   highway, and from behind the bus on a
   divided highway.
• On buses equipped with the eight-light
   system, the alternately flashing amber
   lights shall be activated as the bus
   begins to slow down for the stop. Where
   possible, minimize traffic disruption by
   allowing vehicles to pass before turning
   on the alternately flashing red lights.
• Pull as far to the right as practical before
   stopping to load or unload passengers.
   Choose a location that allows safe
   footing and is at least one metre away
   from the students waiting to board.
   The law allows a driver to stop on the
   roadway if a suitable and safe location
   off the roadway is not available.
• Activate the alternately flashing red
   lights when the bus comes to a
   complete stop. The alternately
   flashing lights must not be used
   when the bus is not involved in
   loading or unloading passengers.
• Before loading or unloading, check
   that all traffic has stopped, that the
   transmission is in neutral for a manual
   transmission, or park for an automatic
   and the park brake is applied. Keep firm
   pressure on the brake pedal.
• Open the door of the bus and let the
   passengers on or off. 

• If students must cross the highway in
   a rural area after getting off the bus,
   instruct them to go at least 10 paces in
   front of the bus, stop before they enter
   the roadway and wait for your direction
   before crossing the road. Establish a
   line of sight with them; look up and
   down the roadway checking for traffic
   before you let them cross in front of the
   bus. Do not lose sight of the students
   as they cross and be sure that you can
   account for all of them.
• Before moving, check all mirrors,
   including the cross over mirror, to
   ensure that no students are lingering
   near the bus.
• Turn off the alternately flashing lights
   after all the students are seated, release
   the park brake, and when it is safe
   signal left and re-enter the traffic flow.

Drivers must also be aware of the
following:
• The bus must not be moving while
   students enter or exit.
• It is against the law to back a school
   bus in a schoolyard without guidance
   from a responsible person located
   outside and at the rear of the bus. You
   must be able to see the guide at all
   times. You are responsible for all your
   movements.
• Be sure that all the students are seated
   while the bus is in motion.
• Never exceed the seating capacity
   of the bus.
• Always use frequent mirror checks to be
   sure that it is safe before activating the
   alternately flashing red lights or giving
   a signal for the students to cross the
   roadway. Even though other drivers are
   required by law to stop, they may not. 
 
CHAPTER FIVE                                                                              OPERATING CLASS 2 VEHICLES   57

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