Centre for Road Safety

Watch our animation to see how pedestrians, drivers, cyclists and passengers can all stay safe on and around buses.

We all have a part to play

Our Be Bus Aware campaign highlights the importance of bus safety for all road users. Buses are large, heavy vehicles and can’t stop quickly.

Our first Bus Safety Week, from 1-7 November 2015, raised awareness for all road users on how to stay safe on and around buses, helping to reduce injuries and fatalities.

Millions of trips

NSW has the largest metropolitan bus fleet in Australia. More than 3850 buses operate in the Sydney area, while another 1000 buses service the Newcastle, Wollongong and Blue Mountains areas. Passengers take more than 200 million trips on buses in NSW each year.

From 2005 to 2014 across the Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong areas, there were almost 4000 recorded crashes involving a heavy bus, where 58 people were killed and almost 2600 people were injured.

Pedestrians

Pedestrians made up almost half of the bus fatalities over the 2003 to 2013 period. Bus Safety Week promotes safety for pedestrians, who should:

  • Plan ahead and don't rush for the bus
  • Follow the rules and cross with care

Operation Safe Transit

Watch our bus safety video for school students in years 5 and 6, their teachers, parents and carers. The video is also available on our Safety Town online resource, available to more than 2600 primary schools in NSW to teach road safety education to students and help prevent road-related injuries and deaths.



Drivers

We know that because of their sheer size and mass, buses cause severe outcomes for other road users in crashes. Drivers of other vehicles make up about a quarter of all fatalities and serious injuries recorded in heavy bus crashes. Buses can't stop quickly and drivers should:

  • Give way to buses
  • Not merge too closely in front of buses
  • Reduce speed to 40 km/h when bus lights are flashing

Cyclists

  • If you are overtaking a bus, avoid passing it when it is turning. Buses can take up more than one lane when they turn
  • You may travel in a Bus Lane, Tram Lane, Transit Lane or Truck Lane but not in a Bus Only Lane.
  • Remain behind buses and ride with care

Passengers

Most of bus passengers killed and more than one quarter of all seriously injured bus passengers are aged 70 years or over. If you are older, have a disability or are pregnant, try to sit closer to the front of the bus or in a courtesy seat. All bus passengers should:

  • Press the button well before your stop to give the driver plenty time to stop safely
  • Wait until the bus has stopped before you get out of your seat

Working together

Our campaign has been developed with input from the State Transit Authority, Bus NSW, Roads and Maritime Services, and the NSW Police Force. The Department of Education, the Catholic Education Commission, the Association of Independent Schools and the Kids and Traffic Early Childhood Road Safety Education Program also support Be Bus Aware and Bus Safety Week.