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Yield to Buses


The provincial government has passed a legislative provision requiring motorists to yield to buses leaving a bus stop. This provision (section 142.1 of the Highway Safety Code) took effect on January 2, 2004 and helped make public transit more reliable, especially during peak hours, and improve service to users.

Highway Code section 142.1 reads as follows:

Requirement to yield to bus from bus bay - 142.1.

(1) Every driver of a vehicle in the lane of traffic adjacent to a bus bay shall yield the right of way to the driver of a bus who has indicated his or her intention, as prescribed, to re-enter that lane from the bus bay. 1994, c. 27, s. 138 (12).

Bus not to signal until ready

(2) The driver of a bus shall not indicate his or her intention to re-enter the lane of traffic adjacent to a bus bay until the driver is ready to re-enter traffic. 1994, c. 27, s. 138 (12).

When bus must wait

(3) No driver of a bus shall re-enter the lane of traffic adjacent to a bus bay and move into the path of a vehicle or street car if the vehicle or street car is so close that it is impractical for the driver to yield the right of way. 1994, c. 27, s. 138 (12).

Share the road with cyclists


Here is an example of safety bulletins we regularly send to our drivers to remind them of the procedures they are to follow with cyclists:

1. Anticipate. Foresee the unforeseeable. Cyclists may have to swerve to avoid obstacles (road work).

2. Drive close to the sidewalk to discourage cyclists from passing the bus on the right-hand side.

3. Adjust the right rear-view mirror to be able to see the rear door and rear tire. This enables you to see objects and cyclists to your right.

4. When you pass a cyclist, allow him enough room. Once you have passed him, check to your right, signal your intention and return to the right-hand lane as soon as you can do so safely.

5. Avoid zigzagging. When you pass a cyclist, make sure you have enough room. If the cyclist zigzags between vehicles, stay well behind and allow him to get ahead of you so that he does not impede any moves you make.

6. Be ready to yield the right of way, even to cyclists who are not in compliance with the rules of the road.

Do not forget that cyclists also have the same rights as all other drivers. They are therefore entitled to a full lane. Even though cyclists do not always travel at the same speeds as other users of the road, they have every right to move about, and you must allow them enough room to do so.

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