Bus Safety Week generally runs in the last week of February anually to raise awareness for all road users on how to stay safe on and around buses, helping to reduce injuries and fatalities.
Bus Safety Week raises awareness about how all road users can stay safe on and around buses.
NSW has the largest bus fleets in Australia and Since launching in 2015, Bus Safety Week has been raising awareness to improve bus safety for all road users. The main component of Bus Safety Week is the “Be Bus Aware” campaign.
Passengers & passenger safety:
- Remain seated at all times throughout the journey.
- Always wear your seatbelt (where provided)
- Wait until the bus has stopped before getting out of your seat.
We know that because of their sheer size and mass, buses cause severe outcomes for other road users in crashes. Buses can’t stop quickly and drivers should:
- Give way to buses and coaches when they are merging into traffic
- Not merge too closely in front of buses & coaches
- Keep a safe distance from buses & coaches in front of you
- Leave plenty of space when you’re driving or stopped around buses
- Don’t cut in front of buses
- When bus lights flash it means the bus is picking up or dropping off children so you must slow down to 40km/h
- Look out for children on footpaths or crossing the road, especially around schools, buses and bus stops
- Buses are heavy vehicles and can’t stop quickly. Before changing lanes, ensure you leave sufficient distance to allow the bus to stop
If you can’t see a bus’s mirrors, the driver can’t see you. Be aware of blind spots at the front, back and sides of a bus
- Buses have blind spots and may not see you. Take extra care.
- Avoid lane filtering near buses
- Buses may be longer than expected. Take care when changing lanes around buses.
- Avoid trying to overtake a bus when it is turning. Buses are likely to need extra space and may take up more than one lane.
- Wait until the bus has gone and find a safe place to cross the road
- Plan ahead and don’t rush for the bus
- Follow the road rules and cross with care
- Buses are heavy vehicles and can’t stop quickly. Don’t step out in front of buses
- Buses have blind spots in front, at the back and at the sides. Don’t assume the driver can see you.
If you are overtaking a bus, avoid passing it when it is turning – buses can take up more than one lane when they turn
- Buses have blind spots and may not see you – take extra care
- 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.