Slow down to 40 when bus lights flash
Our video shows how buses use flashing lights to warn drivers that they are picking up or setting down school children.
Read a transcript.
School buses pick up and drop off children on roads all across NSW. Buses use signs and flashing lights to warn drivers that they are picking up and dropping off children. You must slow down to 40km/h when bus lights flash and look out for children crossing the road. Be Bus Aware and help keep our kids safe.
Always hold your child’s hand when crossing the road
School-aged children might seem independent, but they still need a hand. Remember:
- Always meet your child AT school or the bus stop. NEVER wait on the opposite side of the road and call them across.
- Always supervise your child and hold their hand when walking to and from the bus stop or interchange and when crossing the road until they are at least 10.
- Wait until the bus has gone then use a safe place to cross the road.
Bus safety for children
The Safety Town website has more information for families on driving safely around buses, and getting children to and from the bus stop safely.
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.
Each year, Bus Safety Week helps raise 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 2011 to 2015 in the Sydney-Newcastle-Wollongong metropolitan area there were 1,588 crashes involving a heavy bus, where 18 people were killed and 1,130 people were injured.
Pedestrians made up more than half of the bus fatalities over the 2011 to 2015 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
- Avoid being distracted by mobile devices
- Stand back from the kerb when waiting for a bus.
Watch our bus safety video featuring bus drivers, who take on the responsibility of looking after hundreds of people every day. Read a transcript.
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.
- 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
- Follow the rules and ride with care.
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.
Operation safe transit
Our Agent Walker: Operation Safe Transit bus safety video was produced for school students in years 5 and 6, their teachers, parents and carers. The video can be found on the Safety Town website, our online resource for more than 2600 primary schools in NSW to teach road safety education to students and help prevent road-related injuries and deaths.
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 at Macquarie University also support Be Bus Aware and Bus Safety Week.