Prince Edward Island drivers will now lose their licence for a time if they illegally pass a school bus, Transportation Minister Paula Biggar said in the legislature Thursday.
School bus drivers, parents and others have been calling for more action on illegal passing for years, ramping up efforts after some vehicles nearly hit children getting on and off buses this fall.
Failing to stop for a school bus will also result in 12 demerit points and driver’s licence suspension for three months, plus a $5,000 fine.
The new measures will take effect Dec. 8, Biggar said.
“This means drivers who ignore this law are not allowed on Island roads,” said Biggar.
Previously, the punishment was typically a fine of $1,000 and eight demerit points, with a maximum fine of $5,000.