City supports idea
Timmins council added its voice to those municipalities calling for cameras to be installed on school buses.
The provincial government previously passed legislation which would allow the installation of stop-arm cameras. Therefore when someone drives past a stopped school bus with the arm out, it would take a photo and allow a fine to be issued.” mayor Steve black
timmins city council is lending its support to a push to have cameras installed on school buses.
the goal is to help catch and convict motorists who illegally drive past stopped school buses when they are picking up or dropping off students.
the issue was presented to timmins city council this week as Ontario’s ministry of transportation (mto) seeks support for the road safety portion of Ontario bill 174, which would allow for automated school bus cameras. Council approved a resolution of support.
mayor Steve black said he brought this back to the city since it was raised as a request at the annual meeting of the association of municipalities of Ontario held in Ottawa in august.
“the provincial government previously passed legislation which would allow the installation of stop-arm cameras. therefore when someone drives past a stopped school bus with the arm out, it would take a photo and allow a fine to be issued,” black told council.
“but the previous government, likely due to elections, and the new government has not developed those regulations yet. So this group is hoping to gain support from municipalities to encourage the (Ontario) government to pass the subsequent regulations that would allow this process to start and hopefully increase the safety of school buses.”
as the issue came to a vote at city council on tuesday, black asked for an amendment to the motion to have the city’s chief administrative officer forward a letter of support for the school bus camera concept to mto. there is no timeline yet to determine when Queen’s park might pass the legislation.
There is a concerning increase in drivers ignoring school bus safety lights and stops. Timmins city council is endorsing calls to install cameras on all school buses in order to nab offending motorists.