SBO conducts numerous webinars every year to assist in educating and informing members on timely and pertinent industry issues and initiatives. These webinars provide excellent learning opportunities to not only bus company owners and school board/transportation consortia, but to any staff member from the comfort and convenience of their offices or homes. These educational opportunities are offered on a complimentary basis to all SBO members.

2021 Webinar Dates:

Stay tuned for upcoming webinar dates!

Previous Webinar Topics:

  • ABS Trouble Light – Go or No-Go?
  • Advertising & Non-Prescribed Signs/Decals on School Buses
  • Alcoholic Beverages on Charter Trips
  • Amendments to Daily Inspection Schedules- HTA Reg. 199/07 Effective Jan.1, 2015
  • Auditor General’s Concerns over School Bus Safety
  • Background Checks
  • Blocking Intersections While Loading / Unloading Students
  • Busting the Myth about using the Warning Lamps as a
  • “Rear Guard” Measure
  • Changes to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) – Coming this Fall
  • Clarification of “yield entire roadway to pedestrian” rule
  • Clarifying MTO Medicals
  • Class B and E Licences – 65+ Mandatory Testing
  • Code W Branding on Driver Licences
  • Covering or Crossing Out the “School Bus” Signs
  • CVOR Points and CVOR Abstracts
  • Daily Inspection Reports
  • Daily Vehicle Inspection Refresher – Beyond the Form
  • Detailed information about the various error criteria to correctly evaluate each and every test and on-road task using the new scoresheet.
  • Detailed instructions on how to score a road test using the marking guides and new scoresheets including the Daily Inspection Test, Backing Skills Test and On-Road Driving Test.
  • Distracted Driving – Two-way radio exemption update
  • Driver Certification Program (DCP) – Information and Updates
  • Driver Footwear
  • Driver Hours of Service – Record-Keeping Requirements for “local drivers”
  • Driver Hours of Service Regulations “Tune-up”
  • Driver Medicals – Tips for Avoiding Delays and Licence Downgrades
  • Earbuds and Headphones
  • “Eight Lamp” vs. “All-Red” Warning System
  • Electric School Buses – Vehicle of the Future?
  • Encountering Emergency Vehicles During School Bus Stops
  • Faded Warning Lamps – When Red is no Longer Red
  • Failed Diodes on LED lamps
  • Federal and Provincial Legisla>on Changes for Alcohol and Drug-Impaired Driving – What it means for you
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • First Aid Kits
  • High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes – How School Buses are Affected
  • Hours of Service Reference Guide
  • Hours of Service – Common Impacts for the Student Transportation
  • How Do I Know which Version of the CSA D250 Standard Applies to My School Bus?
  • How is the passenger capacity of a school bus determined?
  • How the D250 Standard impacts employees at a bus company
  • Internal Brake Component Inspection – PMVI Annual and Semi-Annual Safety Inspections
  • International Registration Plan (IRP) and International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) – Out-of-province charter impacts for school bus operators
  • Lap Belts in School Buses – Operational Implications
  • Licencing Exemptions – When can A, D, G class drivers legally drive a school bus?
  • Minimum Interior Temperature for School Bus
  • MTO Carrier Enforcement Facility Audits
  • MTO Top 5 – Top 5 defects identified during 2015 school bus inspections
  • Non-Signalized Intersections & the School Bus Stopping Law
  • Occupant Protection in Minivans/Passenger Vehicles
  • Ontario’s Schedule 7 – July 1, 2016 update
    OSBA Criminal Background Check Service – Sharing Results and Verifying Submission to MTO
  • Out-of-Province School Bus Licences – Alberta Update
  • Out-of-Service Criteria Change – Effective April 1, 2017
  • PMVI (6 and 12-month safety inspections) Update
  • PMVI Compliance Products
  • Prevent Getting Trapped at Gated Railway Crossings
  • Proposed Canadian ELD Rule
  • Protecting Against Right Side “Blow-by’s”
  • Gated Railway Crossing Procedures
  • Railway Crossings and the Law
  • Railway Crossings – Criteria to Consider when Developing Routes
  • Restrictions on passengers riding in the front seat of mini-vans
  • Retention Period for Inspection and HOS records
  • RFP’s – Approaches and elements regarding the preparation of proposal submissions to specific RFP’s, but also
  • writing proposals to respond to Ontario student transportation RFPs in general.
  • RFP’s – Responding to HSTS RFP, also reviewing common elements in HSTS RFP
  • Road Safety Rules in Effect September 1, 2015
  • Safety Reflector (Triangles) and the Law
  • Safety Inside the School Bus (overcrowding and insecure objects)
  • Safety Reflector Triangles – Why? When? Where?
  • School Bus Licence Plates – “S” Plates vs. “B” Plates
  • School Bus Markings, Lettering, Added Colour, Logos, etc.
  • School Bus Safety Resources Available through
  • ServiceOntario
  • School Bus Speeding
  • School Bus Stop Arm – The Sign with No Legal Status
  • School Bus Stopping Laws – Light Rail Transit (LRT) Systems
  • Seat Belt Cutters
  • Seat Belt Release Covers
  • Seat Belts – Fitting School Buses (Voluntarily) with Seat Belts – Operational and Legal Implications
  • Section-by-section details on the new road test requirements taking effect July 1, 2017.
  • Signage – New “DO NOT STOP on TRACKS” Signs
  • Smoke Free Ontario Act – School Bus Signage
  • Special Needs Wheelchair Buses (Yellow) Versus Non-Yellow Wheelchair Buses – Operational and Legal Implications
  • Steps on Back of School Buses
  • Stickers on School Bus Bumpers – Are they permitted?
  • Strobe Lights – General Information
  • Strobe Lights – Pros and Cons of Using
  • Stop Arm Defect or Red Warning Lamp Defect
  • Stopping at Abandoned / Decommissioned Railway Tracks
  • Summer Charter Tune-Up for Safe & Legal Charters
  • The Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act (Bill 174)
  • The Ill-advised Practice of Lane Blocking to Deter Blow Bys
  • The School Bus Application Form (SR-LD-006) – What applicants need to know when attending a DriveTest
  • Centre Transporting Oxygen and Propane Tanks
  • Understanding out-of-province school bus licences
  • Update on Distracted Driving Exemption for Handheld Two-Way Radios
  • U.S. Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Rule – How it Affects Bus Charters
  • When can a School Bus be driven without a Class B or E Licence?
  • When to Use / Not Use Warning Lights & STOP Arm
  • Vandal Locks