Senate approves Sen. Chipman’s yield to bus bill
AUGUSTA — A bill from Sen. Ben Chipman, D-Portland, LD 458 “An Act to Require Motorists to Yield to Transit Buses,” received unanimous bipartisan support from the Senate on Tuesday.
“This bill is about public safety. There have been several accidents and injuries from cars zooming by a bus that was trying to re-enter traffic after it had pulled over to let passengers on and off. I’m glad my colleagues have supported this important legislation to prioritize public transit safety,” said Sen. Chipman.
The current state yield policy states that the motorist must yield to a public transit bus traveling in the same direction that has indicated it is trying to merge back into traffic. In the absence of yield-to-bus ordinances, motorists may try to speed up and get around buses, which makes the roads more dangerous for motorists and pedestrians alike. With yield-to-bus policies in place, it would be clear that motorists must yield to a public transit bus that has indicated it is trying to merge back into traffic.
The bill faces further votes before the Maine Senate and House.