BusNSW is urging everyone to stay safe and be alert on and around buses as Bus Safety Week kicked off for a sixth year on Monday 22 February.
With around 10,000 buses and coaches providing passenger services on NSW roads, Bus Safety Week aims to improve the safety of pedestrians, riders, passengers and drivers, helping to reduce injuries and lives lost on NSW roads.
Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said the statistics show when it comes to crashes involving a bus, most fatalities and serious injuries occur in metropolitan areas.
“We see some really dangerous behaviour around buses and it’s quite shocking to think people would put themselves and others at risk like that,” Mr Constance said.
“Fortunately bus crashes did drop during 2020, but we also had fewer people out and about. As everyone starts returning to work and coming back into our busier areas, we really need everyone to pay attention, be aware and stay alert.”
Over the five-year period up to June 2020, a total of 34 people were killed in crashes involving buses in NSW. Of the 34 fatalities, 15 were pedestrians. During the same five-year period, 362 people were seriously injured in bus crashes including, 69 pedestrians and 18 bicycle riders.
“This week is a reminder for pedestrians to find a safe place to cross the road, avoid walking in front of or behind a bus and don’t get distracted by your mobile phone,” Mr Constance said.
“And if you’re on a bicycle or motorcycle you need to be aware of a bus’s blind spots because if you can’t see their mirrors, the bus driver can’t see you.”
Bus Safety Week is also a time to remind drivers to keep safe distances from school buses and to slow down to 40km when they see the flashing lights.
The sixth annual Bus Safety Week runs from 22 to 28 February.
To follow Bus Safety Week visit NSW Road Safety on Facebook www.facebook.com/nswroadsafety or the Be Bus Aware website below.