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Driving safely near school buses

There is a 40km/h speed limit for traffic passing a school bus that is setting down or picking up school children. This speed limit is for all traffic travelling in the same direction as the bus, whether the bus is stationary or moving.

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Lights will flash on the front and back of the bus reminding drivers that there may be children crossing or about to cross the road.

Buses can’t stop quickly because they are large and heavy vehicles. So, remember:

  • Reduce speed to 40km/h when bus lights are flashing

  • Give way to buses

  • Watch out for children crossing

  • Never park in or near a bus stop or bus

 

 Informal school bus stops

Informal bus stops are not sign posted and are usually found in rural areas. They may be at the front of a property, or on the side of the road, which may make children difficult to see.

Leave plenty of space when you’re driving or stopped around buses, to keep children safe and improve bus drivers’ vision of the road environment

 

 Helping children on and off the bus safely

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 Your children are most at risk in the minutes after getting off the bus. Here are some ways you can reduce this risk:

  • Always meet your child at the bus Never meet them on the opposite side of the road and call them across.

  • Wait until the bus has gone, then choose a safe place to cross the Remember to Stop! Look! Listen! Think!

  • If you cannot meet your child, organise for another trusted adult to take your place.

  • Wait at the bus stop and stand at least one step back from the edge of the road.

  • Buckle up if the bus has seatbelts.

 

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As residents of McKanes Falls Road would be aware- the bridge in Mckanes Falls Road will be closed from Monday 18 January 2021 for the majority of the year.

This will mean the AM04 & PM04 penguin Buses will not be able to access McKanes falls Road for pick-ups & drop offs

A smaller feeder bus will operate down each side of the Bridge closure in McKanes falls Road and meet AM04 & PM04 at the top of the hill for travel to and from school each day

AM75 & PM75 route is attached

AM75 - Morning

PM75 - Afternoon

If you have any queries please contact Lithgow Buslines Office on 6352 3888

Lithgow Buslines wishes to advise our customers that ALL School and Regular Route Bus Services are currently operating as normal. 

Transport for NSW has been working closely with NSW Health and other Government Agencies to address the challenge of coronavirus (COVID-19) and support the containment efforts. Our priority is the safety of our customers and staff and the continuity of services to provide the public with access to vital goods and services.

Based on current information received from Transport for NSW, Buslines Group have implemented the following measures and actions across our operations:-

  • In addition to our regular cleaning regime we will increase the cleaning of internal areas on the buses on a daily basis before the commencement of shifts (twice each day) and this will be done with Hospital Grade Disinfectant.
  • Regular cleaning of the steering wheel, other driver controls and the driver’s area in general.
  • Additional cleaning will also be carried out in the shared areas of the depot and office environment.
  • Handling of cash is a necessary requirement of our business and drivers have been informed about being conscious of not transferring any contamination to the eyes or mouth. We have made gloves available to drivers, if preferred, when driving or cleaning. 

Buslines Group will continue to monitor information and advice received from Transport for NSW and NSW Health.

How to protect yourself and others

Practising good hand hygiene by washing your hands frequently is crucial and this will protect you, fellow commuters and our staff.

Advice from Transport NSW and NSW Health:-

  • Clean your hands with soap and water, or hand sanitiser.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • We encourage any individual that feels ill to avoid travel

In addition Buslines Group would also like to encourage our passengers in the interest of ongoing health of our bus drivers to:-

  • observe the recommended ‘social distancing’ protocols and leave a 1.5 metre buffer zone from drivers where possible. A “leave this seat vacated” notice has been placed on buses.
  • tender the correct fare when boarding the bus.

Keep up-to-date with the latest information and advice about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at nsw.gov.au