No demerit points. Me thinks John Q. Public would have a Careless Driving charge applied, as how can you not see a big yellow school bus?
Charges were only laid after public outcry as initially the statement was no charges would be laid.
http://www.wellingtonadvertiser.com/com ... leID=24304
Above is the original news article, and social media lit up with comments of how he may have been texting, and how at time of press no charges had been laid. Full television media coverage and questions being asked, until the charges were announced.