Ontario School Bus Association Supports Crossing Arm Retrofit Program



    TORONTO, April 3 /CNW/ - The Ontario School Bus Association (OSBA)
supports today's announcement by the Minister of Transportation, Hon. Donna
Cansfield, to require all school buses built before January 1, 2005 to have
child crossing arms installed on the vehicles.
    "Child safety is our industry's Number 1 priority," said Angus McKay,
Director of the OSBA and President of Elliott Coach Lines in Fergus, Ontario.
"Travelling on a school bus is 16 times safer than any other mode of
transportation. Nevertheless, and however rare an accident, they usually occur
outside the school bus," Mr. McKay stated. "Crossing arms force children to
cross a distance in front of the bus so that the children and the driver can
see each other."
    "The Minister's announcement includes a $2 million grant to Ontario's
school bus companies to implement the mandated retrofit," said Richard
Donaldson, Executive Director of the OSBA. "This financial commitment will go
a long way to assist bus companies to meet this new requirement, especially
smaller companies that represent 60% of our membership."
    School buses manufactured after January 1, 2005 have crossing arms as a
mandatory feature.





For further information:

For further information: Angus McKay, Elliot Coach Lines, (519)
787-5225; Richard Donaldson, Executive Director, OSBA, Office - (416) 695-9965
Ext 25, Cell - (416) 520-1805


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