Hundreds of bus drivers across NSW traded their regular uniforms for something a little brighter last week in the name of safety.
Bus Safety Week ran from 6 November to 12 November, with drivers across the state donning bright yellow shirts as part of the Be Bus Aware campaign.
Now in its second year, Bus Safety Week aims to raise awareness among motorists and pedestrians by providing them with safety tips for travelling near buses.
NSW has the largest metropolitan bus fleet in Australia, with more than 3,800 buses operating in the Sydney Metropolitan area and 1,000 more in Newcastle, Wollongong and the Blue Mountains.
Centre for Road Safety Executive Director, Bernard Carlon said all road users have a role to play when it comes to staying safe near buses.
“The simple truth is your behaviour can affect a bus load of people,” Mr Carlon said.
“Crashes involving buses can be even more devastating because buses are so big and heavy.
“Buses can’t stop quickly, so motorists are encouraged to keep a safe distance and give way to buses.
Always reduce your speed to 40 kilometres per hour when lights are flashing on the bus as they are carrying school children.”
Pedestrians were also targeted as part of the campaign.
“People should always be careful when crossing the road, use safe pedestrian crossings and don’t step out in front of and around buses,” Mr Carlon said.
Every day thousands of bus drivers throughout NSW have the responsibility of ensuring the millions of passengers they transport get to where they want to go safely.
“Safety in and around buses isn’t just the bus driver’s responsibility. Just like bus drivers need to respect other motorists, pedestrians and riders and make sure they are operating their vehicles in a safe manner, we are asking fellow motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and passengers to do the same,” BusNSW Executive Director Darryl Mellish said.