Failing To Stop For A School Bus

School Bus Tickets

In Ontario, the legislation that surrounds school buses reflects a societal commitment to safeguarding the lives of our children. The rules are stringent, and any driver failing to stop for a school bus displaying its stop sign or flashing red lights can be ticketed.

The law does not discriminate between directions; whether you are driving towards or from the opposite direction, the requirement to halt your vehicle applies. This ensures the safety of children as they embark or disembark the bus.

School Bus Tickets Penalty

The penalties for these offences are structured to serve as a deterrence to all drivers and a reminder of the gravity of the matter:

  • First Offense: This comes with a fine ranging from $400 to $2,000 and six demerit points on your driver’s record.
  • Subsequent Offenses: If you repeatedly break this law, fines can range from $1,000 to $4,000, along with the continued addition of six demerit points for each offence, as well as up to 6 months imprisonment.

These penalties also underscore the societal expectation for drivers to behave responsibly, especially in proximity to school buses.

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How to Fight a Ticket for Passing a School Bus

Traffic Paralegal Services offers specialized services to help you fight school bus tickets:

  • Assessment: We understand that every case is unique. Our experienced paralegals will analyze the situation, including the circumstances of the ticket, your driving history, and any relevant legal nuances.
  • Representation: Having professional representation in court can be pivotal. We provide our best paralegal guidance and articulate defence strategies tailored to your specific case.
  • Negotiation: When appropriate, we are skilled in negotiating with prosecutors to minimize or even eliminate penalties.
  • Affordability: Legal matters can be costly, but Traffic Paralegal Services offers competitive rates without compromising on the quality of service.


Facing any tickets in Ontario is a serious matter. Understanding the severity of the penalties and the available options for defence is vital. The skilled team at Traffic Paralegal Services can assist you through this legal process, advocating on your behalf and working towards a favourable outcome.

Traffic Paralegal Services is here to assist you with your school bus tickets in Ontario. Do not navigate these complex legal waters alone. Contact us today to learn how we can help you fight school bus tickets and protect your driving privileges.

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What are the laws regarding failing to stop for a school bus?

The law requires all drivers to stop when a school bus is stopped with its red lights flashing. Ignoring this law leads to school bus tickets penalty.

Can I fight school bus tickets on my own?

While it is possible, legal guidance from professionals like Traffic Paralegal Services can greatly improve your chances of success.

How much does Traffic Paralegal Services charge to fight tickets?

Our fees are competitive and based on the complexity of your case. Please contact us for a specific quote.

Can I receive jail time for failing to stop for a school bus?

In extreme cases, repeat offences may lead to imprisonment.

How does a school bus ticket affect my driving record?

Failing to stop for a school bus adds 6 demerit points to your record and can increase insurance premiums.

Can Traffic Paralegal Services guarantee success in fighting my ticket?

While we cannot guarantee success, our experienced team has a strong track record in helping our clients.

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