Earlier this year, the D.C. Council passed the Pedestrian Protection Bus Safety Amendment Act of 2006. The purpose of the act is to protect pedestrians by prohibiting motor vehicle drivers from passing on the left and pulling in front of a bus in order to make a right turn when the bus is at a bus stop or intersection to pick up or discharge passengers. The vehicle must stay or merge behind the bus before turning.
During the month of December, warning notices are being issued to drivers. D.C. government agencies are informing drivers and encouraging them to be careful of pedestrians around buses. Beginning on January 1, 2007, violators will be fined at least $100.00.
This law applies to the following public transit buses that operate in the District: Metrobuses, Downtown Circulator, Georgetown “Blue Buses,” Maryland and Virginia state commuter charters and Tourmobile vehicles.