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Drivers must yield to buses

Failing to let a Sudbury Transit or Greyhound bus into traffic is no longer just bad Karma: a new provincial law means it will cost you $90, as well. Provincial legislation requiring motorists to yield to public transit buses came into effect Jan. 2.
Failing to let a Sudbury Transit or Greyhound bus into traffic is no longer just bad Karma: a new provincial law means it will cost you $90, as well. Provincial legislation requiring motorists to yield to public transit buses came into effect Jan. 2.

It is designed to improve transit flow and make the service more efficient in urban areas. The law falls under Section 142.1 of the Highway Traffic Act.

Drivers approaching from the rear in the lane adjacent to the bus bay (stop area) will have to slow down or stop to allow the bus back in.

Signs depicting a yield symbol with a bus overlaid will be displayed over the left turn signal on municipal transit and commercial passenger buses such as those in the Greyhound fleet, which are also covered under the law.

According to provincial officials, the law is designed to make public transit safer, more efficient and more attractive.

Canadian Urban Transit Association president Michael Roschleau said the law will encourage more people to take the bus. That could mean fewer cars on the road, less congestion, and less damage to the environment.



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