CARSP members encouraged to provide feedback on proposed Ontario-specific legislation involving School Buses. Deadline: September 21st, 2021

September 11, 2021   |   Categories: News, Partner News

Last Updated on September 11, 2021

CARSP received a request from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to share this with CARSP members.  We encourage our members to respond individually using the method described below. Your response, of course, would be on behalf or yourself or your workplace, but not on behalf of CARSP.


Brenda Suggett

Executive Director, CARSP


Dear Stakeholder,

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is proposing the introduction of a regulatory amendment that would exempt bus drivers from the requirement to secure children between the ages of eight and 16 years of age.

Bus drivers are currently exempt from securing children under eight years of age in a child restraint system. However, they remain responsible for ensuring older children are secured appropriately (8.1 of Regulation 613 (Seat Belts)). As such, MTO is considering providing an exemption for bus drivers from the requirements imposed in s.106(4).

MTO is also considering requiring signage that notifies passengers to wear their seat belts/audible announcements reminding passengers of the seat belt requirement.

A summary of this proposal has been posted to Ontario’s Regulatory Registry (21-MTO075) and can be viewed in English or French. The posting will be open for review and comments for 30 days, from August 23rd, 2021 until September 21st, 2021.

We invite you to review the posting and submit any feedback you may have to the e-mail address provided in the posting. Also, please share the link with those who you feel may be interested in commenting on these proposed regulatory amendments. Alternatively, feel free to submit a response to the Safety Program Development Branch at

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