Can you legally pass a stopped SEPTA bus on a two-way road?

I know you are not supposed to pass a school bus while it is stopped. But what about a stopped SEPTA bus? People pass delivery trucks that just stop on Germantown Ave. and put their flashers on all the time So, why not a SEPTA bus?

So, I went online and found the PA Driver’s Manual. This is what it says about passing on a two-way street:

YOU MAY NOT PASS IF:• You are within 100 feet of or are crossing any intersection or railroad grade crossing, unless an official traffic control device says you may.• You are within 100 feet of any bridge, elevated structure or tunnel. • You are approaching or are on a curve or a hill crest (top) restricting your view of oncoming traffic. • You are on the shoulder of a multi-lane highway.

So, If the witness is correct that the red car was pulled over for passing the stopped bus, what law was broken?

There could be a clue in the Google Map Streetview. We can presume that the red car and the bus were originally farther up Germantown Ave. Therefore the red car may have passed the bus on the left too close to an intersection. I’ll leave that up to you Google Map detectives.

I will call the 14th District to have them explain to me what the law says on passing a stopped car on a two-way street. In the meantime please let me know what you think.

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