One question is if they’re allowed to appropriate private property to use as a bus stop when it’s not specifically necessary. I can only find vague references as to the procedures at bus stops without specific references as to whether the bus stops must be located at corners when available. In this case, it’s not necessary for them to use our driveway. There are 4 corners they can use.
I know that school buses can pick up kids in their own residential driveways and it’s commonly done on long rural roads, state highways, anyplace where there aren’t corners close by that can be used. I’ve been behind school buses on a busy 4 lane state highway and they’re stopping at every single house that has a kid that needs to board. Sometimes they’re stopping every 3rd or 4th house. They have the owner’s permission because it’s their kid being picked up at their house. They don’t have the entire street of kids gathering in one person’s driveway, especially at a house where no one residing there needs to board a school bus.
Here is the ordinance (bolding mine):
3301-83-13 School bus routes and stops.
(A) Designation of school bus stops
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent or designee to determine the location of all school bus stops which shall be approved annually by the districts board of education . Authority to designate or relocate subsequent school bus stops may be delegated by the board of education to the superintendent or designee. Bus stops and a time schedule shall be adopted and put in force by the board not earlier than thirty days prior to and not later than ten days after the beginning of the school term.
(B) School bus stop location
(1) Pupils in grades kindergarten through eight may be required to walk up to one-half mile to a designated bus stop.
(2) School bus stop locations shall provide for the maximum safety of pupils giving consideration to distance from residence, traffic volume, physical characteristics, visibility and weather conditions.
(3) School bus stops shall be established on the residence side of all four-lane highways and on the residence side of other roadways posing potential hazards to students as determined by school bus owners.
(4) School bus stops shall be located at a distance from the crest of a hill or curve to allow motorists traveling at the posted speed to stop within the sight distance. If the line of sight is less than five hundred feet in either direction, a request shall be submitted to the appropriate authority to install an approved “school bus stop ahead” sign at least five hundred feet in advance of the school bus stop.
(5) Each pupil shall be assigned and required to use a specific school bus stop except in unusual circumstances as approved by the school bus owner or designee.
(6) Each pupil shall be assigned a designated place of safety on the residence side of the roadway on which the vehicle is scheduled to stop. Driver must account for each pupil at designated place of safety before leaving. Pupils are not to proceed to their residence until the school bus has departed.
© School bus stop procedures
Drivers shall make school bus stops for purposes of loading or unloading pupils in accordance with section 4511.75 of the Revised Code and with procedures described in the Ohio preservice driver training manual (education.ohio.gov). The following shall be included in those procedures:
(1) Warning lights shall be activated approximately three-hundred feet prior to a stop whenever practical. A strobe light may be used if available and if conditions warrant.
(2) The bus shall be stopped near the right side of the paved or traveled portion of the roadway.
(3) The bus shall be stopped along the drive way entrance or along the curb when picking up or discharging passengers with special needs which require the use of special equipment.
(4) The parking brake shall be set at all stops whenever pupils are loading or unloading.
Operators of vehicles equipped with an approved brake interlock device are exempt from these requirements to set the parking brake
(5) The transmission shall be placed into the neutral gear for both manual and automatic transmissions.
(6) The driver must use an approved hand signal and eye contact with students outside the bus at any stop where students must cross the roadway in front of the bus.
(D) Each bus shall have a detailed route sheet on board which shall include the following:
(1) Direction to designated stops;
(2) Time schedule;
(3) Designated stop;
(4) Driver-designated place of safety;
(5) Number of riders at each stop location and residence side; and
(6) List identifying road hazards.
(E) If practical, each route shall have a responsible student designated to assist a substitute bus driver with each route.
I’d disagree that using a residential driveway provides for maximum safety of pupils. They can’t be assured that the homeowner won’t open their garage door and start trying to back down their driveway. Especially when the homeowners weren’t notified that kids were going to be congregating in their driveway on school days. It’s not usually done in this neighborhood. These aren’t rural streets here.