Bus Safety Initiatives Paper

On 28 August 2023, the BIC presented a Bus Safety Initiatives Paper at a Bus Safety Ministerial Roundtable hosted by Senator Carol Brown – Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. The Paper provides 8 key recommendations to further enhance bus safety – the vehicle, the passenger and other road users.

Download the Paper.

The Paper broadly captures 3 main outcomes:

  1. Uptake of new technologies
  2. Educate the community about bus safety through national campaigns
  3. Enhance the ability to background check drivers.

Key recommendations include:

  1. Adoption of Event Data Loggers (for event investigations purposes) into new vehicles in alignment with European regulations and a set of standard data metrics for existing buses.
  2. Adoption of Intelligent Speed Assist Systems into new vehicles in alignment with European regulations.
  3. Fast-tracking vehicle replacement programs that incorporate new technology systems such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and other appropriate systems.
  4. Implementing a national harmonised approach to bus safety awareness. This is aimed at both:
  1. Education in schools; and 
  2. Education of general public.
  1. A full review of Australian Design Rule 68 to:
  1. Clearly state seat belt requirements in the ADRs thereby removing anomalies
  2. Remove standees on buses equipped with seat belts (except in Emergency)
  3. Increased warning devices and labelling in vehicles to increase usage of seatbelts.
  1. Investigate feasibility of introducing seat belts on new Route Service buses typically low floor city buses and these vehicles undertaking specific Service type applications.
  2. Review the level of obtainable information for driver employment checks.
  3. Continue Driver Fatigue reforms through the National Heavy Vehicle Law Review and investigate feasibility of introducing driver fatigue monitoring systems.

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