Guide to Pennsylvania School Bus Law Changes

Legally reviewed by:
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C.
July 3, 2024
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Pennsylvania has recently implemented several changes to its school bus laws aimed at increasing the safety of students and ensuring compliance from drivers. For parents, guardians, and drivers, understanding these changes is crucial to avoid penalties and keep children safe. The key changes include stricter penalties for violations, enhanced safety protocols, and increased enforcement measures.

At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., we understand how these changes might affect you and your family. Our dedicated team of attorneys is here to help you navigate these new regulations and ensure you are fully informed. Whether you need assistance with a traffic violation or have questions about these changes, we are ready to provide the support you need.

Stricter Penalties for Violations

One of the most significant changes in Pennsylvania’s school bus laws is the increase in penalties for drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus. Previously, violators faced a fine and a temporary suspension of their driver’s license. Now, the penalties are more severe to deter dangerous behavior and protect children. Offenders can expect steeper fines, longer license suspensions, and potential jail time for repeat offenders.

The state has also increased the number of points added to a driver’s record for each violation. Accumulating too many points can lead to higher insurance premiums and even the revocation of driving privileges. This change underscores the importance of obeying school bus stop signs and flashing lights. The goal is to reinforce the seriousness of these violations and encourage safer driving practices around school buses.

Moreover, new laws require more rigorous monitoring and reporting of violations. School buses are now equipped with cameras to capture evidence of illegal passing. These cameras provide clear footage that can be used to prosecute offenders more effectively. This technology not only aids in law enforcement but also serves as a deterrent for drivers who might consider ignoring school bus stop signals.

Enhanced Safety Protocols

In addition to stricter penalties, Pennsylvania has introduced enhanced safety protocols for school buses. These measures are designed to protect children both on and off the bus. One of the key changes is the requirement for school buses to be equipped with extended stop arms. These stop arms are longer than previous models and feature additional flashing lights, making them more visible to approaching drivers.

Bus drivers are also required to undergo more comprehensive training. This training includes not only the operation of the bus but also emergency response procedures and student safety management. By ensuring bus drivers are better prepared for various situations, the state aims to create a safer environment for students.

Furthermore, the law now mandates regular safety drills for students. These drills are designed to educate children on how to safely board and exit the bus, what to do in case of an emergency, and the importance of staying seated while the bus is in motion. Schools must conduct these drills multiple times throughout the school year, ensuring safety procedures are fresh in the minds of students.

Increased Enforcement Measures

To ensure compliance with the new laws, Pennsylvania has ramped up enforcement measures. This includes more frequent patrols around school bus routes, particularly during peak pick-up and drop-off times. Law enforcement officers are now more vigilant in monitoring school bus stops and taking immediate action against violators.

Additionally, the state has launched public awareness campaigns to educate drivers about the new laws and the importance of school bus safety. These campaigns utilize various media outlets, including social media, to reach a broader audience. By increasing public awareness, the state hopes to foster a culture of safety and compliance.

School districts are also playing a crucial role in enforcement. They are required to report any incidents of illegal passing to local authorities and provide evidence from bus cameras. This collaboration between schools and law enforcement ensures violators are held accountable and the new laws are effectively enforced.

How Can Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C. Help You?

At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., we are committed to helping you understand and comply with the new school bus laws. Our talented attorneys have extensive experience in traffic law and can provide you with the guidance you need. Whether you are facing a violation or simply want to ensure you are following the law correctly, we are here to assist you. We offer comprehensive legal support and can help you navigate the complexities of the new regulations. 

Our team is dedicated to protecting your rights and ensuring you receive fair treatment under the law. With our guidance, you can confidently handle any issues related to school bus law changes. If you have questions or need legal assistance, do not hesitate to contact us. Call us at (215) 822-7575 or visit our contact form to schedule a consultation. Our experienced attorneys are ready to help you navigate these changes and ensure you stay informed and compliant.

Legally reviewed by:
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C.
Pennsylvania Attorney's
July 3, 2024
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