Governor Whitmer Signs Bills to Make School Buses Safer

On July 13, 2021, Governor Whitmer signed House Bills 4201, 4202, 4203, and 4204, making our school buses safer and putting Michigan students first.

“Every child in Michigan deserves access to a safe, secure ride to and from school,” said Governor Whitmer. “These bills make our school buses safer, allowing every child to safely attend school, where they can learn and grow. I am proud to sign these bills that puts Michigan’s children first.” 

House Bills 4201 and HB 4203 will prohibit unauthorized persons from boarding a school bus without permission of the driver and create a $500 civil fine for an unauthorized boarding.  

HB 4201 was sponsored by Rep. Jack O’Malley, R-Lake Ann, and a copy can be found here 

HB 4203 was sponsored by Rep. Jewell Jones, D- Inkster, and a copy can be found here 

“We have made the school buildings safer. These bills now bring focus on the weakest link, the school bus,” said Rep. Jack O’Malley, R-Lake Ann. “We will have better enforcement of those who ignore the stop arm. Also the boarding with permission brings the respect our drivers need while keeping our kids safe.” 

“MAPT would like to thank Governor Whitmer for signing these bills, which will ensure the safety of children walking to and from a school bus and educate the motoring public about what to do when approaching a school bus as well,” said Katrina Morris, West Shore Elementary School District Transportation Director and Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation Immediate Past President. “We are also grateful to Rep. Jack O’Malley and a bipartisan coalition of legislators who have worked tirelessly on this legislation for the past few years that not only protects schoolchildren, but school district transportation professionals and the motoring public as well.”  

HB 4202 and HB 4204 will allow school buses to be equipped with a stop-arm camera system and provide for the use of visual material from such camera as evidence in a proceeding for failing to stop or overtaking a stopped school bus when red flashing lights are activated. 

“These bills prioritize student safety,” said Rep. Tyrone Carter, D-Detroit. “I am grateful for the bipartisan support in empowering our students.”  

 HB 4202 was sponsored by Rep. Tyrone Carter, D-Detroit, and a copy can be found here. 

 HB 4204 was sponsored by Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, R-Norton Shores, and a copy can be found here. 

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