Professional Driver's Handbook

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Railway crossings

School buses are required to stop at all railway crossings, unless the crossing is equipped with automatic light signals indicating it's clear to cross.

When approaching a railway crossing that is not equipped with an automatic signal, every school bus driver shall:

  • signal right and move the bus as far to the right as is safe and practical
  • cancel the right signal and activate the four-way flasher:
    • not less than 100 m from the railway crossing on a highway with a speed limit of over 50 km/h
    • not less than 25 m from the railway crossing on a highway with a speed limit of 50 km/h or less
  • stop the bus not less than four and not more than 10 m from the railway crossing
  • open the front door of the bus and look in both directions for oncoming trains
  • close the door
  • proceed across the tracks when it is safe to do so and, in the case of standard transmissions, remain in gear until the bus is completely clear of the tracks
  • check mirrors
  • turn off the four-way flasher, turn on the left signal and move back onto the travelled portion of the highway when it is safe to do so


Rev: 2017