Changes made to im­prove school bus safety in N.L.

The Labradorian - - EDITORIAL -

Ser­vice NL Min­is­ter Ed­die Joyce said last Tues­day changes to the Of­fi­cial In­spec­tion Sta­tion Reg­u­la­tions will en­sure school buses in the prov­ince are safe for trans­port­ing chil­dren.

Most school bus own­ers, of­fi­cial in­spec­tion sta­tion own­ers and au­tho­rized in­spec­tion me­chan­ics per­form their du­ties up to par, Joyce said in a news re­lease. The mod­i­fi­ca­tions will pro­vide added de­ter­rent for the small num­ber of those who do not, he said.

Among them, the Ser­vice NL min­is­ter will have more author­ity to im­pose per­ma­nent sus­pen­sions.

As well, there will be longer sus­pen­sions and in­creased fines for au­tho­rized in­spec­tion me­chan­ics and own­ers of of­fi­cial in­spec­tion sta­tions who are con­victed of pro­vid­ing a false in­spec­tion cer­tifi­cate and more author­ity to im­pose per­ma­nent sus­pen­sions for re­peat of­fend- ers.

Per­ma­nent sus­pen­sions will also be ap­plied to the lo­ca­tion of the of­fi­cial in­spec­tion sta­tion, pre­vent­ing the owner from re­open­ing un­der an­other busi­ness name or op­er­a­tor at the same lo­ca­tion.

The re­sults of Ser­vice NL’s manda­tory school bus in­spec­tion are now avail­able on the de­part­ment’s web­site - www. ser­vi­cenl.gov.nl.ca - and will be pub­lished bian­nu­ally.

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