Be Bus Aware

Published on 23 February 2021


We all have a part to play in keeping our children safe when crossing the road, including on and around buses. School aged children might seem independent, but they still need a hand.


  • Teach your child to stand back from the kerb when waiting for a bus
  • Always meet your children AT school or the bus stop and 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 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.

As pedestrians your children are vulnerable around roads, buses, and other traffic. Teach your children to avoid distractions when crossing the road and around traffic.

We know that because of their sheer size and mass, buses cause severe outcomes for other road users in crashes. Buses cannot stop quickly, and as a driver you should always:

  • Give way to buses
  • Not merge too closely in front of buses
  • Keep a safe distance from buses in front of you
  • Slow down to 40 km/h when bus lights are flashing

As a motorbike rider or cyclist, you need to be aware that buses have blind spots, so avoid passing or overtaking a bus when it is turning. Follow the road rules and ride with care.


For more information visit:

Safety Town website

Bus safety for school students (PDF, 378Kb)

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