School Bus Safety

The safety of a child is always close to a parent’s mind, particularly when entrusting the care of their child to someone else, as is the case when thousands of children travel on school buses every school day. That’s why it’s a comfort to know that children travelling by bus are in safe hands.

At Busways we care about the safety of all children, particularly those inside and around our buses. Safety is the responsibility of everyone – drivers, students and parents. 

Our experienced drivers are trained to provide a safe and friendly service to our passengers.

Busways ensures the safety and quality of services by:

  • Employing experienced, qualified drivers.
  • Providing appropriate training for all employees.
  • Maintaining high standards in fleet maintenance.
  • Developing and enforcing appropriate policies and procedures.
  • Offering School Bus Safety Training Program to all schools.


Bus travel is the safest form of land based travel in Australia.

School children aged between 5 and 16 years, travelling to and from school, are substantially safer travelling by bus than other modes of transport.

According to studies undertaken by the Institute of Transport and Logistical Studies, the University of Sydney, travelling to school by bus is 4.4 times safer than walking, 55 times safer than riding a bicycle, 9 times safer than riding a motorbike and 1.38 times safer than being driven in the family car.

The Road Fatalities Australia 2002 Statistical Summary (by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau) found that bus passengers represented only 0.019% of the 3452 road fatalities occurring on Australian roads between 2001 and 2002. Of the 1085 NSW road fatalities, only 28 involved buses.


The bus journey is safest when care is also taken before and after riding the bus, which is when most accidents occur. Talking with your child about safe behaviour in traffic areas on a regular basis can build their confidence and help them to feel secure. One of the best ways to keep your child safe is to practice how to cross the road safely especially before boarding and after leaving the bus.

Please make sure your child understands the safety procedure below:

  • WAIT on the footpath until the bus has driven away – choose the safest place to cross.
  • WATCH until there is no traffic or the traffic has stopped.
  • WALK across the road, turning your head both ways to look and listen for traffic.

Other ways you can assist your child to become a safer bus traveller include:

  • Arrange for an adult to accompany your child to and from the bus stop.
  • Wait for your child on the same side of the road as the stopping bus.
  • Never call for your child to cross the road to meet you.
  • Discuss what to do should your child miss the bus or catch the wrong one.

A Student Code of Conduct has been developed by NSW for Transport to ensure students are aware of their responsibilities while travelling on our buses.

To view Busways' safety brochure which provides information about school bus safety and some simple steps to help children remain safe whilst travelling to and from school, click here


Drivers play an important role in keeping these areas safe for students and pedestrians.

While in school zones please:

  • Observe the 40km speed limit.
  • Stop for pedestrians at children’s crossings and follow the directions of crossing guards.
  • Proceed cautiously around buses with flashing lights.
  • Never stop or park in a school bus zone.
  • Never stop or park near a children’s crossing.
  • Always use designated drop-off areas.