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    Travelling Safely

    Safety is our number one priority at State Transit and we are continually reviewing our operations to ensure we deliver safe, clean and convenient service to our staff and passengers alike.

    There are a number of things that you can do to make your journey safer and more secure.

    Getting on and off Buses

    • Wait at the bus stop where you can signal and be seen by the driver.
    • Stand back from the kerb. Do not lean or walk into the path of oncoming traffic.
    • Have your Opal card or ticket ready.
    • Wait for the bus to stop and allow passengers to alight before boarding.
    • Do not obstruct the bus doors when they are closing – you may be injured. If you need the doors reopened, attract the attention of the driver.
    • Watch your step, and use the handrail when boarding.

    Customers should be aware that if a bus has departed from a bus stop, the driver is not obliged to reopen the doors. This ensures the safety of intending and onboard passengers and other motorists as well as assisting in keeping to timetable.

    Travelling on the Bus

    • Do not distract the driver or interfere with the operation of the bus in any way.
    • Stand clear of the red safety areas near the doors.
    • If no seats are available, move to the back of the bus using the hand rails or straps.
    • Vacate priority seating for less mobile passengers.
    • If seated, keep both feet on the floor in case the bus stops suddenly.
    • Ensure any luggage is stowed correctly and avoid blocking the aisle.
    • When standing, place bags on the floor between your feet.
    • Allow fellow passengers room to move if they are getting off the bus.
    • Give the driver plenty of notice when approaching your stop to allow safe, smooth stopping.
    • If you have a pram, pusher or baby carriage, refer to accessibility section.
    • Passengers are not allowed to carry a bicycle on a bus because it can be an inconvenience or a safety hazard for other passengers.
    • Containers with substances such as paint, thinners and similar materials are not permitted on board. Additionally, other flammable or hazardous items such as petrol cans and gas bottles (apart from oxygen cylinders used for medical purposes) are not permitted. Flammable and other hazardous materials pose a safety risk.

    Security

    A number of safety initiatives have been implemented by State Transit, including CCTV on every bus. Refer to the Safety section on our Corporate site for details.

    If you see something, say something

    State Transit is playing an important role in a campaign designed to encourage customers using NSW government trains, buses and ferries to report unattended baggage or suspicious activity. Because customers are familiar with their regular services, they could be among the first to notice anything untoward or unusual going on.

    A public awareness campaign using the New York slogan "If you see something, say something" was launched after an official agreement between NSW and NYC transport officials.

     So, if you see something suspicious on a bus or interchange notify the bus driver or a member of staff immediately. If it's serious, call the Police on 000.

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