Yellow Bus Codes of Practice for pupils

How to behave on and around the bus

The danger zone

  • The area within three metres of the Yellow Buses is known as 'the danger zone' because it's hard for the driver to see you there.
  • The most dangerous areas are immediately in front of and behind the bus. Always move away from these areas as quickly as possible and try to ensure the bus driver can see you, and you can see the driver.

At the bus stop

  • Make sure you're at the bus stop five minutes before the bus is due. It won't wait for you. Last minute rushing to catch the bus can cause accidents.
  • Whilst waiting at the bus stop and travelling on the bus, you're covered by school rules. Any complaints about bad behaviour will be dealt with by your school.
  • Stand well away from the kerb and don't push or shove. Stay out of the three metre danger zone.
  • Show your ticket and pass to the driver before you take your seat. Pupils without a valid ticket and pass won't normally be allowed to travel.

On the bus

  • Wear your lap belts throughout your journey.
  • Sit down at all times when the bus is moving, and don't get up until the bus has completely stopped.
  • You can talk but don't shout - noise can distract the driver.
  • If you need to talk to the driver during the journey, try to wait until the bus stops.
  • Never touch the emergency door unless instructed to by the driver. Don't throw anything inside the bus or out of the windows - this can be extremely dangerous.
  • Put your bag safely under your seat.
  • Smoking is not allowed on the bus.
  • Good behaviour is essential for the safety of passengers and the driver. Bad behaviour may result in the loss of your seat.
  • Vandalism will not be tolerated and will result in instant exclusion from the bus.

Leaving the bus

  • When you leave the bus, move away so that the driver can see if it's safe to drive off.
  • If you have to cross the road, wait until the bus has driven off and you can see the road is clear. Never cross in front of the bus.
  • If you drop something under or near the bus, tell the driver first. Never just try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you.