The province is taking steps to make roads safer and more efficient with new legislation that comes into effect May 1. It requires drivers to yield the right of way to buses signalling their intention to re-enter traffic.
"Buses now must rely on the courtesy of drivers to re-enter traffic. This legislation will provide clarity for all drivers while helping to reduce schedule delays," said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.
"This legislation will make life better for all drivers and passengers by improving public transit efficiency and safety."
Fines for failing to yield to a transit bus range from $167 to $340, including court costs.
"Kings Transit applauds the province's leadership in providing greater road safety for our public transit system" said Ron Mullins, general manager, Kings Transit Authority.
This legislation was modelled after similar laws in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec. The amendment was initially proposed in the fall 2007 sitting of the legislature as a private members bill.
The province is launching a public awareness campaign this month including print, radio, transit, and online ads reminding drivers of the new law. More information on the new legislation can be found on the department's website at http://www.gov.ns.ca/tran/ .