> Stopping for school bus?

Stopping for school bus?

Posted at: 2015-04-14 
I am taking a driver's education course and I came across this question. I thought you had to stop for a school bus with red lights no matter what. However, the course said I was wrong and that I can pass the school bus on the left. Is this true?

It was difficult to find in the California Driver's Handbook (under Reduced Speeds, Around children), but that says:

"Stopped school buses and children crossing the street. Some school buses flash yellow lights when preparing to stop to let children off the bus. The yellow flashing lights warn you to slow down and prepare to stop. When the bus flashes red lights (located at the top front and back of the bus), you must stop from either direction until the children are safely across the street and the lights stop flashing. The law requires you remain stopped as long as the red lights are flashing (CVC §22454). If you fail to stop, you may be fined up to $1,000 and your driving privilege could be suspended for one year. If the school bus is on the other side of a divided or multilane highway (two or more lanes in each direction), you do not need to stop."

So you can pass a school bus with flashing "amber" lights, but NOT flashing "red" lights. You answered it correctly, the test is wrong.

The course is wrong. Stop until the red lights stop flashing is the correct answer. Pass on the left is wrong.

Buses have a stop sign that extends out when stopped along with red flashing lights. Both directions of traffic must stop when it is. That usually means that students are exiting the bus. With just flashing lights? That could mean that students are getting ON the bus so you are allowed to pass on the left? Perhaps it's different in each state? What does your state DMV hand book say? They have trick questions on the test that can be interpret wrong. This may be one of them.

You must always stop for a school bus until the red lights stop flashing, Who ever told you that you could pass on the left if wrong.

The course is wrong. You stop and wait.

I guess cuz there is no traffic lights in the question...

Stop until the red lights stop flashing.