Extended Stop Signal Arm Required on School Buses-Effective July 1, 2022

When a school bus route includes a bus stop that requires a school child to cross a roadway, the school bus must be equipped with an extended stop signal arm that partially obstructs the roadway. A school child may not cross a roadway to enter or exit from a school bus unless the roadway has been partially obstructed by the extended stop arm. 61-8-351(5)(a)(b)(c), MCA

The extended stop signal arm must be equipped with additional flashing red lights as specified in  61-9-402, MCA  and must be capable of extending a distance of at least 54 inches from the school bus at a height of not less than 36 inches.

The board of trustees shall approve each school bus stop that requires a school child to cross a roadway.

Contact:  Donell Rosenthal, 406-461-9316 State Director of Pupil Transportation