Thursday, September 24, 2020

When to Stop for a School Bus in Texas

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Helpful information for all drivers from the Irving Police Department.

With students returning to school from summer break today, we’ve already seen confusion regarding when you are required to stop for school buses.

The law in Texas is that if you’re behind a school bus that stops to let a student on or off the bus, you also must stop and stay behind the bus. Likewise, if you’re on a street or highway and are headed the opposite direction as the bus, you must stop.

But if you’re traveling the opposite direction as the bus, and the street or highway you’re on has some type of physical barrier (median) to divide the two sides of the road, you do not have to stop

Below is the state law regarding passing school buses.

Texas Transportation Code Sec. 545.066. PASSING A SCHOOL BUS; OFFENSE. 

(a)   An operator on a highway, when approaching from either direction a school bus stopped on the highway to receive or discharge a student:

(1) shall stop before reaching the school bus when the bus is operating a visual signal as required by Section 547.701; and

(2) may not proceed until:

(A) the school bus resumes motion;

(B) the operator is signaled by the bus driver to proceed; or

(C) the visual signal is no longer actuated.


(b) An operator on a highway having separate roadways is not required to stop:

(1) for a school bus that is on a different roadway; or

(2) if on a controlled-access highway, for a school bus that is stopped:

(A) in a loading zone that is a part of or adjacent to the highway; and

(B) where pedestrians are not permitted to cross the roadway.



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