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• If a driver of a vehicle does not stop for
   the alternately flashing red lights, write
   down the vehicle’s licence plate number
   and report the incident immediately
   to the local police authority and your
   supervisor.

Parking on a hill

The law requires that the wheels of a
parked vehicle be no more than 50
centimetres (about 19 inches) from the
curb. When parked, the vehicle must be
left in low gear or reverse for a manual
transmission or neutral for an automatic
transmission. Have the park brake
engaged. The following information applies
to vehicles parked on the right-hand side
of the road. (For vehicles parked on the
left-hand side of the road, turn the front
wheels in the opposite direction):
• For parking downhill, with or without a
   curb, the front wheels should always be
   turned to the right.
• For parking uphill with a curb, the
   front wheels should always be turned
   to the left.
• For parking uphill without a curb, single
   unit vehicles should always have their
   front wheels turned to the right.

 NOTE: If there is a curb, allow the vehicle
 to roll to the point where the front wheels
 are making contact with the curb before
 setting the park brake. This helps to
 prevent the vehicle from jumping the curb
 if the vehicle starts to move.
 

Railway crossing procedures

Railway crossings present a special hazard
because any time is train time. Know the
railway crossing laws and school board
policy, as well as municipal bylaws.

As a driver of a school bus, you are
required by law to stop at a railway
crossing unless:
• the crossing has a traffic control signal,
   lights and bell, or
• a peace officer or flagman directs
   you to proceed.

The following procedures apply at all
uncontrolled railway crossings:
• There should be no excess noise from
   the bus. Turn off any fans or radio that
   are working and ask the passengers to
   be quiet.
• If in the left lane of a multi-lane highway,
   signal and change to the far right lane
   well in advance of the crossing.
• Check for traffic behind. The alternately
   flashing amber or red lights must not be
   used when stopping at a railway crossing.
• Stop not less than five metres (about 16
   feet) or more than 15 metres (about 49
   feet) from the nearest track.
• Put a manual transmission in neutral or
   park. For an automatic transmission,
   engage the parking brake and keep firm
   pressure on the brake pedal.
• Open the front door and the driver’s
   window. Look both ways and listen for
   an approaching train. If you see or hear
   a warning signal or train whistle and do
   not see a train coming, do not cross the
   tracks until you know it is safe to do so.
   If bright sunlight, fog, snow or smoke
   makes it hard to see, walk to the track
   to see if you can cross it safely.
 

58   A Commercial Driver’s Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing 

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